When residents in Illinois leave their elderly family members in the care of another person or facility, they are trusting that their loved ones will be cared for like family there. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Abuse and neglect in nursing homes are all too common, and abuse of power can occur. Here are some common signs of abuse or neglect to watch out for.
It can be difficult emotionally to see your parent put in a nursing home. You might be feeling sad that your parent is no longer independent, as well as a little guilty that you are not caring for your aging loved one yourself. However, sometimes it is necessary for Illinois residents to put their trust in nursing home caregivers. Your work schedule or inexperience with your relative’s specific needs might leave you no other choice.
Residents in Illinois who have elderly relatives that require nursing home care have good reason to worry about their safety and well being. There are too many reports about residents in these facilities where they should be protected and cared for instead being neglected or abused in some way. When the time comes to look for a place to receive good care for a loved one, some people may not know where to turn.
Illinois residents who have elderly family members that need care and may need to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility have good reason to be concerned about the safety of their loved ones. Elder abuse is a serious problem that anyone who relies on the staff at these facilities should be aware of. Knowing the warning signs and types of abuse or neglect is one important way of keeping their relatives safe or knowing when to take action.
We've previously posted about how it's difficult to find a good nursing home neglect attorney (CLICK HERE for article), and why. If you're looking for an attorney in this area, it's worth asking how many other cases they've handled. As you read our past article, you'll see that nursing home litigation is a difficult blend of different areas of law, and you need an experienced and versatile attorney who knows (1) good experts; (2) how to go to trial and put on a case to a jury; (3) administrative know-how in the world of nursing homes and regulatory law; (4) dealing with the State of Illinois' IDPH jargon and investigators; (5) and medical knowledge, among other things.