Expose shows that Quality of Care in Black Seniors’ Nursing Home is Drastically Behind that of White Seniors

While Cynthia and Earl Wade look through a photo album, they remember their mother who was rushed to an emergency room less than 10 days into her stay at the International Nursing and Rehab Center. Their mother had explicit instructions on her medical chart not to administer dialysis through her left arm. However, the nurse ignored these explicit directions and inserted a needle into her left arm, sending her to the nursing home. Unfortunately, Luzella Wade could not recover from her injuries, and wrongfully died. Her attorney Steven Levin filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family in Cook County for the wrongful death of their mother. However, the story goes deeper, when the Chicago Reporter investigations revealed that this type of nursing home negligence occurs more in black nursing homes than those in white. In fact, Illinois has the highest number of poorly rated black nursing homes nationwide. Additionally nearly 85 percent of black nursing homes got the lowest rating for nurse staffing. To read more about the inadequacies in nursing homes, please read the Chicago Reporter.

New Requirements Look to Improve Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a new set of requirements that focus on improving the quality of life for nursing home residents. According to the CMS Acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera, “The improvements in the guidance are intended to support efforts underway to transform nursing homes into environments that are more like their homes through both environmental changes and resident-centered caregiving.” The new guidance focuses heavily on creating a welcoming environment that centers upon the individual nursing home residents’ needs. It also gives residents choices in activities, grooming, eating and bedtimes. To read more about the new CMS requirements, follow the link.

Chicago Nursing Home Attorney Steven Levin and Clients Discussed in Nursing Home Negligence Feature

Chicago personal injury lawyer Steve Levin of Levin & Perconti was featured in a Chicago Reporter article that highlights the differences in care received in black seniors’ homes when compared to white seniors. Attorney Levin is representing Cynthia and Earl Wade in their suit against International Nursing and Rehab Center. Since 2004, the nursing home has been sued 18 times in the Cook County Circuit Court. The article focuses on the difference in care that seniors receive in minority care centers than that given in predominately white nursing homes.

Families in Elder Abuse Case Use Networks to Cope

The families of alleged elder abuse victims are reaching out on social networking websites to spread the message of reform in long-term care facilities across the country. The families, who have formed under a group called Families Against Nursing Home Abuse, have pages on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. At these sites, people can read reactions to elder abuse and get to know the alleged victims in words and photos. Victims are trying to get the community involved, and the attention of local people. They are committed to providing information and resources for the continuum of long-term care. Elder abuse can happen everywhere, even in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the elder abuse, please click the link.

Westshire Nursing & Rehab Center

Westshire Nursing & Rehab Center in Cicero, Illinois has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine of $35,000 after inspectors found that the nursing home did not prevent pressure sores. Additionally, an inspector found that a resident had a diaper soiled with feces.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Man Imprisoned for Sexually Assaulting Patients

A man who was once entrusted with the care of the elderly is now behind bars after being accused of sexually assaulting three female patients at an assisted living facility. The man is charged with three counts of sexual assault in the third degree. According to court documents he pinched three women’s bare breasts. He laughed while he sexually abused women in their late 80’s or early 90’s who all had dementia and cannot recall the incidents. Sexual abuse is all too common in nursing homes. If you or a loved one has experienced elderly abuse, please find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the sexual abuse, please click the link.

Tips to Protect Loved Ones from Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse has become an all too real reality in nursing homes across the country. However, there are some very practical things you can do to make sure your family is safe while in a nursing home. The best way to combat nursing home abuse is to visit often. It is a fact that clients who have regular visitation from family and friends are less likely to be abused. Also it is important to be vigilant and learn to recognize symptoms of elder abuse. Establishing relationships with staff will help lessen the possibility of elder abuse. All of these ways will help your loved one stay safe in their nursing home. To read more about the elder abuse, please click the link.

Southview Manor in Chicago, Illinois

Southview Manor in Chicago, Illinois has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine in the amount of $15,000 after inspectors found that the nursing home did not have a psychiatric rehabilitation program. Also, inspectors found that employees allowed residents to consume drugs or alcohol while taking psych medications.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Nursing Home Patient

An 84-year-old nursing home visitor was arrested for first degree sexual assault after he inappropriately touched an 87-year-old patient. Police say that a nurse saw the man pushing the victim down the hall into her room, then noticed he never came out. The witness says the curtain was pulled closed and when she opened it, the suspect was sexually abusing the victim. The man is a registered sex offender for the rape of a 13-year-old. He claims he was visiting his wife at the nursing home. The nursing home states that they took the correct steps regarding the sexual abuse. Nursing home employees must ensure that elderly negligence does not occur at the hands of visitors. If you or someone who love has been affected by nursing home negligence, find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the sexual abuse, please click the link.

Nursing Home Draws a Maximum Fine

A nursing home has been hit with a severe citation and the maximum fine of $100,000 in connection with a patient who wrongfully died from a preventable fall. The patient was recovering from hip surgery when she wrongfully died. He had been admitted for physical therapy and he fell twice within 24 hours. After the first fall the staff put an alarm on the patient’s gown. Despite the alarm, no staff member responded when the patient got out of bed and walked into the hallway. The man was stumbling out of bed and he pulled a mechanical device on his head. The device hit the man in the head and he died from blunt-force trauma. The facility’s decision to store a large peace of equipment that is easy to be overturned posed a hazard to the patients. After the nursing home negligence, the home was fined. It was also fined because it failed to closely monitor a patient who wandered away from the facility three times within nine hours. To read more about the elderly negligence, please click the link.

Nursing Home Assistant Arrested in Sexual Assault

Police arrested a 24-year-old certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in connection with the sexual assaults of three elderly female patients over a one-month period. The man was arrested on suspicion of five counts of third-degree sexual assault. Two of the women are 92 years old and one is 89. They were all patients at the 60-bed nursing facility, which is a combination independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facility. The sexual abuse was discovered after an internal investigation was launched. The man was fired immediately after the discovered elderly abuse. Sexual abuse happens in nursing homes throughout the country, including in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the sexual abuse, please click the link.

South Shore Nursing & Rehab Center in Chicago, Illinois

South Shore Nursing & Rehab Center in Chicago, Illinois has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine in the amount of $25,000 after inspectors believed that nursing home negligence had taken place. The nursing home neither failed to comprehensively asses a resident with a complaint of pain nor notified the physician in a timely manner of the medical change.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Nursing Home Employee Charged with Rape

The police have charged an attendant who works at the nursing center with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a patient who lives at the nursing home. The man will be held without a bail until a bail hearing in 10 days after the nursing home abuse. The police were alerted when the director of the nursing home called to report that the patient told her that day that she had been raped that prior evening. The 56-year-old patient had a medical condition that has incapacitated her. The patient was able to identify the man who sexually assaulted her as an attendant who works at the nursing home. If you have a loved one that has been a victim of sexual abuse, please find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the nursing home abuse, click the link.

June 23 is Eldercare Workforce Alliance National Call-In Day

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance has declared June 23 national call-in day. In order to participate in this day call your representative and senators and remind them that a strong eldercare workforce is essential to real health reform. Call in order to combat the many older adults that do not receive the care they deserve because of an inadequately trained healthcare workforce. This may help combat elderly abuse here in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the day, please visit the elder workforce alliance website.

Phoenix Court in South Holland, Illinois

Phoenix Court in South Holland, Illinois has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine in the amount of $20,000 after the nursing home failed allowed a client to sustain a decubitus ulcer. The nursing home was also cited for failing to develop written plans for residents as part of a total habilitation plan.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Levin & Perconti Files Nursing Home Neglect Suit on Behalf of Son Against Arbor of Itasca

Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby of Levin & Perconti field a nursing home negligence lawsuit in Dupage County on behalf of Robert Gryncewicz for the personal injuries his mother sustained while under the care of the Arbor of Itasca nursing home in Itasca, Illinois. The injuries contributed to the mother’s death. She was admitted to Arbor of Itasca on October 7, 2004 after suffering a stroke that left her with decreased mobility. When she was admitted to the nursing home she was assessed as requiring supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, bed mobility and transferring to prevent falls and accidents. She first fell when she was improperly transferred from her bed to her wheelchair. The fall resulted in a fractured knee that was treated at a local hospital. Several weeks later, she fell out of her wheelchair in the hall of her nursing home. This incident required yet another hospitalization and aggravated the previous injury. After the falls, her elderly negligence lawsuitcondition rapidly deteriorated. The mother developed serious pressure ulcers on her hell and sacrum. She was never able to fully recover from these injuries and passed away on August 4, 2008. Robert believes that the nursing home negligence caused his mother’s death. The alleges that the Arbor of Itasca was negligent on several levels. The complaint alleges that the nursing home failed to appropriately asses the woman’s risk for falls and accidents and failed to prevent falls and accidents from occurring. If you or a loved one has experienced elderly abuse, please find an Illinois nursing home neglect lawyer.

Caregiver Accused of Disabling Man

A former employee of a nursing home has been arrested on charges that she abused a disabled resident of the facility. The woman was arrested after receiving information from the state’s department of children and families. Witnesses observed the employee grab the victim by his feet and pulled him off the facility’s van, causing him to strike his head on the floor of the van, the running board and the pavement. Eyewitnesses were shocked by the elderly abuse that she had observed. The employee was immediately suspended after the physical abuse and soon quit working at the facility. She is charged with one count of abuse of a disabled person. Employees must have background checks in order to avoid nursing home abuse. To read more about the elderly abuse, please click the link.

Woman awarded $1.3 Million for Elder Abuse at Nursing Home

A jury has determined that a woman suffered elderly abuse and neglect in 2006 at an elder-care facility and awarded her more than $1.3 million for past medical bills and damages. In October 2006, the woman was placed at the six-bed facility by her husband. The woman suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was recovering from hip surgery. According to the nursing home negligence suit the victim fell at the facility and suffered a head contusion, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Caregivers at the facility placed her in bed but did not immediately call her doctor or family. The next morning, her husband found her nonresponsive and the victim was taken to the hospital. According to the trial, there was an inability to monitor, care for or even understand the needs of the elderly. Nursing home negligence often occurs when the staff is not prepared to deal with Alzheimer’s disease. To read more about the elderly abuse, please click the link.

Somerset Place in Chicago, Illinois

Somerset Place in Chicago, Illinois has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine in the amount of $25,000. The nursing home has been cited for failure to apprise their residents of rights and a failure to report allegations of elderly mistreatment or elderly abuse.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

National Citizen Coalition for Nursing Home Reform’s Lobbying Activities Help Diminish Elderly Abuse

The National Citizen Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) has created many programs to combat elderly abuse. They are currently conducting a survey of family council members to help NCCNHR learn more about councils and strengthening their ability to provide networking and support to family councils across the country. Additionally, the NCCNHR’s top legislative goal has been health care reform. They have also hoping for the passage of the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act, a bill that would do away with predispute arbitration agreements that consumers are often compelled to sign agreeing not to sue. The NCCNHR are also committed to the passage of the Elder Justice Act. This bill would improve opportunities for the elderly and those with disabilities to receive care in their own homes. NCCNHR has also joined the Joint Commission Long-Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. To read more about the work of the NCCNHR, please click the link.

Nurse’s Aide is Convicted of Elder Abuse

Jurors returned a nursing home abuse guilty verdict in the trial of a former nurse assistant at a nursing home who was accused of striking a disabled resident in the groin and forcing water down his nose into his lungs through his oxygen tubing. The man was convicted of second-degree elder abuse in a single day trial. The victim was a brain-injured resident of the home in his mid-30s who was confined to a wheelchair, on oxygen much of the time and unable to care for himself. The nurse’s aide grabbed the water canister that was hooked up to the victim’s oxygen concentrator and held it up so that the water was forced down the tubing, up the resident’s nose and into his lungs. Elder abuse such as this is despicable and may occur throughout the country. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, contact an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the elder abuse, please click the link.

Fox River Pavilion in Aurora, Illinois

Fox River Pavilion has received a Type “A” Violation relating to the area of nursing home negligence was fined $5,000. This violation was based on the home’s lack of employee oversight and inability to implement a proper smoking plan.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

State Wants to Close Oak Lawn, Illinois Nursing Home

Illinois public health officials plan to try to close an Oak Lawn, Illinois nursing home despite the fact that the Regal Health and Rehab Center is now complying with state regulators. Inspectors from the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted their annual inspections of the nursing home in February and found it in violation of several regulations, including deficiencies in medical equipment, personnel and supervision of residents. While the health department gave the Regal permission to remain open, the state remains concerned about the quality of care for the 83 current residents. Recently a resident hooked up to an oxygen machine was able to sneak a cigarette into his room, causing a small fire. The man died a week later. Earlier this month, Oak Lawn inspectors found elderly negligence including dirty water fountains and appliances, water-damaged ceilings and rodent droppings on the floors at Regal. Additionally, the inspection revealed that employees were smoking inside the building and were washing their hands in the same sinks that contained food. Regal is owned by Michael Lerner, who also owns Forest Hill Health & Rehab Center. Currently Levin & Perconti has filed several nursing home negligence cases against Michael Lerner. To read more about the Oak Lawn nursing home negligence, please click the link.

Daughter Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Chicago

Chicago personal injury attorneys Michael Bonamarte and John Perconti of Levin & Perconti filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sacred Heart Home in Chicago. The complaint was filed on behalf of the victim’s mother in the Circuit Court of Cook County for the severe injuries her mother sustained while under Sacred Heart’s care. These injuries lead to her death eight months after her accident at the nursing home. The victim had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. On December 21 of 2007 she left her second floor room and exited the hallway through an unalarmed stairwell door at the nursing home. She was found in the first floor stairwell having suffered serious injuries including a broken back, significant head injuries and paralysis. She died approximately eight months later at the age of 61. After her mother’s death, a complaint was filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health who investigated the victim’s case. The IDPH cited the nursing home for Type A violations for failing to appropriately monitor and supervise the victim. Sacred Heart Home had previously been cited for failing to properly supervise residents. The complaint alleges that the nursing home staff failed to develop and implement a proper care plan based on the victim’s medical conditions. Attorney Michael Bonamarte believes that if the proper precautions were put into place, her accident and subsequent death could have been avoided. If you suspect nursing home negligence, find an Illinois nursing home lawyer.

Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Levin & Perconti File Suit against Nursing Home

Chicago nursing home lawyers Levin & Perconti have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a Harvard, Illinois woman who alleges that the nursing home failed to prevent a fall that led to her mother’s death. The woman is suing Sacred Heart Home in Chicago after her mother died after suffering from a broken back, head injuries and paralysis after she allegedly fell in a stairwell at the home. The 61 year old died eight months later. The case alleges that staff should have better supervised the victim because they knew she had been diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The wrongful death lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, although Levin & Perconti attorney Mike Bonamarte states that they would be seeking an amount much greater than that. To read more about the Chicago nursing home lawsuit, please click the link.

Clearbrook Nursing Home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Clearbrook East has received a Type “A” Violation and a fine assessment of $15,000 for failing to protect their clients. The nursing home must also develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit mistreatment, abuse and neglect of their clients.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Proposed Bill would Name Sex Offenders Who Live in Nursing Homes

A lawmaker wants to require nursing homes to notify residents and their families when a sex offender moves into the facility. Under the current law, no notification is required, and nursing homes are not allowed to turn away applicants for being sex offenders. A new state bill would require licensed nursing home care facilities to notify residents and their families that a sex offender is living there. Notification would also be required if a person was imprisoned for a felony any time during the year long period of their application for admission. Nursing home legislation such as this will help diminish sexual abuse from fellow residents. There has been an increase in sexual abuse by fellow residents in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the new nursing home legislation, please click the link.

Two Separate Nursing Homes Fined for Patient Deaths

State officials have fined two nursing homes for providing care that was so inadequate that two patients wrongfully died. One case involved a woman who died from dehydration. The nursing home failed to give the 82-year-old woman sufficient fluids, which caused her to suffer dehydration and acute kidney failure. Another involved a staff member who failed to provide CPR to a man suffering a heart attack. The nursing home staff wrongfully believed that he was under orders not to be resuscitated. In reality, the man had an option specifically marked, “I do want CPR.” The nursing homes were fined for their elderly negligence violations. Elderly negligence can occur anywhere, including Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the nursing home negligence, please click the link.

What Happens when an Elderly Abuse Victim Cannot Speak?

A daughter was horrified when she walked into an emergency room and saw dark bruises on her 88-year-old mother’s face. The daughter demanded to know what had caused these elderly injuries, but she has received no answers. That is because her mother is unable to talk, due to her advancing dementia. She has also been unable to walk or even roll over. Thus, it seems quite difficult that she could have given herself the bruises. While the daughter suspects nursing home abuse, she is unable to verify this. All the employees deny that any elder abuse occurred. This incident highlights how difficult it is to label elderly abuse when the victims are unable to speak. If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of elder abuse, find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the physical abuse, please click the link.

Alden Village North in Chicago, Illinois

Alden Village North has received a Type “A” Violation for allowing tube fed clients to eat in their bedrooms. They also received violations for personnel policies.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the violation website, please click the link.

Nursing Home Not Caring for Patients

A neighbor observed that a nursing home was negligent when they saw residents wandering the streets at night. After picking the elderly man up from the middle of the street, the neighbor walked him to the home to confront them on what had happened. The nursing home claimed no elderly negligence stating that they would not allow residents to wander the streets, but a subsequent investigation found different information. Sheriff’s records from the law three months show that at least three missing persons reports had been made at the nursing home. It had also been cited for 50 pages of deficiencies. Wandering can be common with the elderly, and it is the duty of the nursing home to ensure their safety. To read more about the negligent nursing home, please click the link.

Maggots Infest Nursing Home Resident

A nursing home was fined $16,000 by state regulators after a patient was found injured on the floor with maggots crawling out of his leg cast. The home was cited for nursing home negligence in that it failed to have a comprehensive care plan for the resident that included caring for his broken leg. The 120-bed facility failed to provide the necessary care and services to a resident with the cast and wound of lower leg which resulted in an infestation of maggots. The elder negligence report said the patient’s leg wound and cast was to be cared for every three days, but the nursing home could only provide documentation that it was cared for once a week. The same home was but on a “watch list” by state regulators because of its poor performance on recent inspections. One of these deficiencies included having poor polices to prevent elder abuse. Maggots can oftentimes be the result of nursing home negligence. To read more about the maggot infested cast, please click the link.

Department of Health Angry with Alzheimer’s Facility

State Health Inspectors say patients at a local Alzheimer’s assisted living facility were left unattended. The assisted living residence cares for Alzheimer’s patients, but an unannounced inspection found seven residents attended only by a volunteer cook. An official called the violations “egregious.” The elderly negligence violations range from improper maintenance of smoke alarms to failure to maintain around-the-clock supervision by a qualified care provider. It is nursing home negligence for an Alzheimer’s facility to leave residents unattended. If you are aware of elderly negligence such as this, please contact an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the nursing home negligence, please click the link.

Federal Government Initiates a Web Based Program to Rate Nursing Homes

The federal government now has an online tool consumers can use in evaluating the quality of nursing-home care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start running a pilot program to see if cash incentives to nursing homes can improve the care they provide, especially in areas like nurse staffing and preventable hospitalizations. Recently, the federal government started a star program that rates nursing homes and flagged 135 of the most troubled nursing homes. Many nursing home residents are forced to pay for their own care, because they earn too much for Medicaid, and are only given Medicare. They are then surprised by Medicare’s limited coverage for nursing-home, which is up to 100 days after a hospitalization of three days or more. To qualify for this, a patient must have a doctor’s order to go to a nursing home for the same illness or injury that she was treated for at the hospital. The new online website will list the nursing homes with summarized data from state and federal inspections and information the nursing homes reported to regulators. The website will contain information about nursing homes in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the nursing home program, please click the link.

Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

After almost four years the families of the 23 nursing home residents who died in a fiery bus while evacuating from Hurricane Rita have reached a negligence settlement with the nursing home company. The families have reached a settlement from the nursing home negligence settlement that reaches $80 million. In the chaotic week leading up to Hurricane Rita, Brighton Gardens quickly ordered buses for its residents and staff so they could evacuate to a sister facility in another city. On the way to the city, the bus caught fire and 23 residents wrongfully died. The families had claimed that the nursing home’s corporate parent and its bus broker failed to screen the coach company before contracting with them and used a bus that was unsafe. Since nursing homes are responsible for the safety of their residents, it was their duty to find safe transportation. To read more about the nursing home lawsuit settlement, please click here.

Elderly Negligence Lawsuit Filed after Nursing Home Fraud

The family of a 95-year-old Illinois woman recently filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit, alleging that she fell on multiple occasions as a result of the nursing home negligence at her facility. The woman suffered multiple hip fractures after she was not properly monitored and supervised on at lest three occasions, despite having Alzheimer’s and dementia. This put her at a high risk for falling. The Illinois woman resided at the facility for a little over a month, yet suffered at least three falls that left her with serious and debilitating injuries. The complaint alleges the staff allowed the woman to walk in the hallways unattended in the middle of the night, despite their knowledge of her confusion. This lack of care allowed the woman to fall and suffer a hip fracture. Later, the nursing home staff left her unattended in her wheelchair, and she fell once again. The Illinois woman fractured her other hip when the nursing home staff left her in her wheelchair with the alarm turned off. The nursing home negligence lawsuit has been filed in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois. To read more about the hip fracture, please click the link.

NPR : How One States’ Budget Cuts Affect Elder Abuse Investigations

The June 3rd edition of “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio highlighted the devastating effects that one states’ budget cuts are having on its growing elderly population. The states’ budget cuts have slashed the number of caseworkers who are responsible for investigating instances of physical elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly. This comes at a time when the state’s elderly population is growing and cases of elder abuse are on the rise. The remaining caseworkers have found that budget cuts make it impossible to keep up with demand for investigating instances of elder abuse. Caseworkers are stretched thin and can only address "only the most really egregious" cases. They now have to investigate over the phone and they cannot see what is really taking place. To read or listen to the full report on how the budget cuts will affect the state’s elderly population, follow the link.

Comatose Nursing Home Patient Sexually Assaulted by Nurse

The guardians of a comatose woman have filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the nursing home where their loved one was sexually assaulted by a male nurse. The nursing home abuse lawsuit claims that the center should have known that the male employee’s conduct would violate the woman’s privacy and dignity. The man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery after the elderly abuse. He was sentenced last week to six months in prison for the sexual abuse. Nursing Homes must ensure that they hire employees who are not prone to commit sexual abuse. If you or a loved one has experienced elderly sexual abuse, find a Chicago lawyer. To read more about the elderly victim, please click the link.

Nursing Home Sued Over 95-year-old Resident’s fall

The guardian of a disabled 95-year-old woman says the elderly resident fell and fractured both of her hips while under the care of a nursing home. The guardian filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the nursing home. When the elderly woman was admitted to the nursing home, employees were aware that she suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia and was usually disoriented and confused. Despite this knowledge, employees allowed to wander unattended in the hallway during the middle of the night. During one of these walks, she fell and fractured her left hip. She was then left unattended in a wheelchair and without a personal alarm, injuring herself again when she fall. The lawsuit claims that due to the victim’s numerous falls and the nursing home employees’ negligence, the woman suffered pain of the body and mind and medical costs. To read more about the falls, please click the link.

NAELA Announces National Call-In Day for Long-Term Care Inclusion in Health Care Reform

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is urging people to call their Representatives on June 4, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST to ask their members of Congress to include long-term care in future health care reform. Right now, long-term care options are often unaffordable for families and the needs of many seniors go unmet. NAELA is calling upon Congress to include long-term care supports in health care reform to provide assistance for these services. Please call (800)- 828-0498 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative. If you do not know who your Representative is, follow this link.

Levin & Perconti Nursing Home Abuse Blog Ranks in Top 100

The Avvo blog website has ranked the top 300 legal blogs on the internet. Levin & Perconti’s Nursing Home Abuse Blog has ranked in the top legal blogs and comes in at 96. Levin & Perconti is committed to informing the community on issues that affect our elderly such as nursing home negligence and elderly abuse. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, find a Chicago lawyer. To visit the website that tracks legal blogs, please click the link.