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Neglect, abuse and death noted in facility violations

Caring for aging relatives is an ongoing challenge for many people in Illinois today. The concerns that family members face when making the decision to put a parent, grandparent or other family member in a nursing home include those for the emotional, physical and financial wellbeing of their elderly loved ones. Unfortunately not every care facility is as trustworthy as one would hope.

A report recently released provided details about a string of problems identified by the Illinois Department of Public Health at four nursing homes in the Quad Cities area. The problems experienced at these facilities include some acts so egregious that it would be understandable for people to be fearful of ever moving a person into a nursing home again. One man is said to have died after staff members failed to respond to his call light for 20 minutes. He apparently died from an accidental strangulation.

Another violation indicated that a social media channel had photos of a resident posted in which the person was only partially dressed. At one nursing home, a resident was allowed access to outside in temperatures just a few degrees above freezing. Wearing only a light shirt and shorts, he was found some distance from the home. Other people were injured after falling who should never have been left alone as they were identified as having a high risk of falling.

Problems like these are sadly just some examples of the situations in which Illinois residents might want to reach out to an attorney for help. 

Source: OurQuadCities.com, "Seven local nursing homes cited for violations," Kelly Bowles, February 1, 2018

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