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Aurora nursing home abuse attorneysThe decision to place an elderly parent or another family member in a nursing home is often made with best intentions. Common tasks may become impossible for your elderly loved one to complete, and a nursing home can provide around-the-clock care to make them more comfortable. You may feel guilty for not being able to provide the care yourself, but nursing homes have health professionals that are experienced in the needs of elderly people.

You want to think that your loved one is safe in your nursing home of choice, but one out of ten elders experience some form of neglect in a nursing home.

There are four main types of neglect that are seen in a nursing home:

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Aurora nursing home neglect lawyerWhen an elderly family member requires around-the-clock care, families may opt to put their loved ones in nursing homes so they can get the help that they need or might not get while living at home. Sadly, it has been estimated that anywhere from one to two million Americans over the age of 65 have been abused or mistreated by their caregivers. Elders are among the people who are least likely to report abuse, due to physical or mental limitations or fear of retaliation from their caregivers. Noticing signs of elder abuse or neglect can help save the life of your loved one.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

There is more than one way an elderly person can be abused in a nursing home. People may think that physical abuse is the only form, but the elderly can and do suffer emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

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Kane County nursing home abuse and neglect attorneyThere are more than 1.6 million individuals who live in nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities in the United States, and around 900,000 people live in residential care facilities or assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, due to inadequate staffing and improper training in these facilities, there are far too many cases where elderly individuals are either abused or neglected

Even though the terms nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are often used interchangeably, they are distinct forms of mistreatment, and it is important to understand the differences between these two offenses.

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

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Oswego nursing home neglect attorneyYou should always take your time when viewing potential nursing homes for your loved one. Observing the general emotional state of the patients and the physical condition of the facility is imperative in ensuring you choose a nursing home that will take care of your loved one well. However, when your family member is living in a nursing facility, it can be sometimes difficult to ascertain whether abuse or neglect have occurred and resulted in your loved one suffering from an illness or ailment. The following are some general signs of abuse or neglect that you should look out for in a nursing home:

  1. Observe the physical conditions of the facility. If the nursing home you are visiting is consistently dirty and smells foul, consider looking for a new facility. 
  1. Look for signs of any pain your loved one is experiencing. Bruises could occur because of abuse or a fall which happened due to insufficient supervision. 
  1. Watch out for any weight loss. This could be a sign of inattentiveness to your loved one’s eating habits or diet. 
  1. The inattentiveness of nursing home staff members can also lead to your loved ones developing bed sores. These sores can occur if a person is unable to get out of bed, move, or turn over, causing them to remain in the same position for a long time.
  1. Look out for emotional abuse, such as being ignored. This type of treatment may cause a resident to experience a change in their mood, sleeping patterns, weight, or appetite. 
  1. Nursing home staff members should be ready to answer any questions you have. If the staff are not responding to your questions or are deflecting them, then you should take that as a warning sign. 
  1. If the nursing home is often understaffed or the staff often seems frantic, then you should take that as another warning sign. An adequate number of staff members is important to ensure that residents are taken care of and given an appropriate amount of attention.
  1. Residents should never feel uncomfortable or anxious about staff members. If your loved one does not want a certain staff member to serve them without being able to express a reason, that staff member may be treating them poorly.  

Contact a Kane County Personal Injury Lawyer 

Your loved ones deserve to be taken care of and treated well during the final years of their life. If your family member has experienced any form of neglect or abuse while receiving treatment at a nursing facility, the attorneys of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. are committed to helping you obtain compensation for the damages which they have suffered. Contact a Naperville nursing home abuse lawyer at 630-907-0909 to schedule a free consultation. 

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Aurora personal injury lawyersUnder current state law, complaints of nursing home negligence or abuse against Illinois nursing homes can be made anonymously. A recently proposed bill, sponsored by East Peoria Representative Mike Unes, could ban such complaints. Advocates say this bill would cut back on the amount of time wasted on fraudulent complaints, but the opposition feels it would only deter valid ones. The real question is: who is right?

Lawmakers Say Bill Would Keep Caller Information Confidential

Already approved by a House committee and awaiting a vote from the Senate, the bill (otherwise known as House Bill 5601) would completely prohibit anonymity in nursing home complaints. Instead, callers would be required to leave their contact information so that the state could contact them with any further questions or information. The caller would also be informed that a false complaint could carry criminal charges. The goal, according to Unes, is to reduce the number of fraudulent calls while improving communication with those filing reports, but between the fear of facing charges and the fear of retaliation, some callers may decide that leaving their information is too much of a risk.

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