Articles Posted in Illinois Nursing Homes

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Nursing homes are supposed to be trusted care providers for our elderly relatives. Sadly, sometimes nursing home neglect leads to injuries and even death. The son of a man who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit claiming that the man was not properly supervised or monitored and he suffered injuries that contributed to his death. The lawsuit names Lexington Health Care Center of Elmhurst, Inc. where the man resided.

Standard of Care

Nursing homes and other care facilities are required to provide a standard of care to their patients or residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to protect nursing home residents from improper or negligent care. It offers standards which must be followed by providers regarding care for their residents. Nursing homes are responsible for the care and supervision that is given to the patients while they live in their facilities.

Neglect

Neglect is all too common an occurrence in nursing homes. Residents may require a great deal of individualized care, which the nursing home needs to be able to provide. Neglect may include lack of supervision, failure to meet the daily needs of a patient, or inability to assist residents with mobility, among other things. Many times, families or loved ones of the patient may not even be aware that neglect has occurred. There are a number of signs to look for when determining whether nursing home neglect has happened.
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Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to their residents. When they fail to do so, injuries can and do occur. Unfortunately, injuries to the elderly can be very dangerous and can lead to a decline in overall health and contribute to their death. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home alleging negligence in care. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman’s estate. The woman died after suffering injuries that ultimately resulted in her death. The plaintiff has retained Levin & Perconti to represent them in the lawsuit against the nursing home. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Failure to Supervise

Nursing homes and other care facilities are required by law to provide proper care to their residents. They must have staff members available to assist patients with their daily needs which may include eating, toileting, and performing their regular care activities. When patients are bedridden, they require repositioning to avoid the formation of bedsores. In this case, the woman was allegedly not properly supervised and the staff failed to reposition her while in her bed. This caused bedsores, which worsened.

Bedsores are Serious

Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers, can be very serious in the elderly. They develop primarily on patients who are unable to move on their own while in bed. As they remain in one position for too long, the bedding continually rubs against the skin in the same place. This rubbing causes a sore to develop. If not attended to, the sore will continue to worsen. Once the skin breaks, the likelihood of infection is very high. Infections such as this can be deadly to older people.
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Nursing home negligence is being blamed in a lawsuit after a resident died. The woman’s estate has filed a lawsuit against The Grove of Fox Valley, Aurora Rehabilitation & Living Center, and Legacy Healthcare Financial Services, LLC. The lawsuit claims the woman died as a result of nursing home neglect while under the care of the nursing facilities. The suit alleges that the facilities did not provide adequate care and the woman was injured and died as a result. The woman suffered from dehydration and developed a pressure ulcer which contributed to her death in 2015.

Dehydration

Dehydration is severe lack of water in the body. The body is made up mostly of water and it is required by every cell and organ for proper function. Dehydration can occur when a person is not drinking enough liquids during the day. When the body becomes dehydrated the organs can begin to suffer and eventually they will start to shut down. It is important to know the signs of dehydration and treat a person who is dehydrated immediately. Any delay in treatment could cause severe or permanent injuries or death.
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A 90-year-old woman died after wandering away from the nursing home facility where she lived. The South Carolina woman’s body was found in a pond near the nursing home. She had been attacked by an alligator, the first report of a fatal alligator attack in the state. An autopsy indicated that the woman died from blunt force and blunt sharp trauma injuries. The woman apparently left the nursing home without being detected. Her body was located a few hours after she went missing.

Wandering is Serious

Wandering is a serious problem that may occur with nursing home residents. When a patient is able to leave the facility unnoticed it is a sign that there is a lack of supervision. Patients are supposed to be supervised and are not allowed to leave a nursing home on their own. Wandering is just one of the signs that nursing home neglect has occurred. Many times, the staff notices that the patient is missing and the person is quickly located near the facility. In this instance, the woman wandered into the pond area where an alligator was present.
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Falls are the number one cause of injuries among the elderly. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, older individuals suffer serious injuries due to falls although most falls are preventable. Falls in nursing homes are certainly disconcerting because residents are supposed to be kept safe from harm. When a fall occurs, it is likely due to negligence on the part of the nursing home management or staff. In one recent case, a woman filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where she resided alleging that they were negligent after she suffered serious injuries from a fall. The lawsuit was filed against Glenwood Healthcare & Rehab Inc. in Glenwood, IL.

Injuries from Falls

Falls can lead to severe injuries in the elderly. Scrapes, bruises, and broken bones are very common injuries that result from falls. One of the most serious types of injuries is a hip fracture. A hip fracture may necessitate surgical treatment and has a lengthy recovery time. Head trauma is also a serious concern for the elderly. Older individuals take a longer time to heal and while healing they may encounter other difficulties or complications that cause a health decline.
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A nursing home is required to provide proper care and is supposed to be a place of comfort and support for our older relatives. Many times, children feel they will not be able to give their parents the high level of care necessary to keep them happy and healthy in their twilight years. Yet sometimes, nursing homes fail us and our loved ones. One recent case demonstrates how a situation can turn tragic. A man has filed a lawsuit against a nursing care facility alleging negligent care led to the death of his mother. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, seeks a judgment greater than $50,000.

Decubitus Ulcers

Decubitus ulcers are also called pressure ulcers and bedsores. They are skin wounds that occur when something repeatedly rubs on an area of the skin. Most often, bedding causes bedsores, but they can also happen when the skin is in contact with medical tubing or other items. The ulcers start as small yet painful red marks and can quickly worsen. It is imperative that caregivers check patients daily to ensure that bedsores are not forming.

Treatment of Pressure Ulcers
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Levin & Perconti has been chosen to represent the estate of a woman who died due to alleged nursing home neglect. The woman was a resident at Alden Valley Ridge Rehabilitation & Health Care Center when she fell and developed pressure ulcers. The injuries led to her death. The lawsuit states that the nursing home failed to provide proper care and was negligent. The plaintiff is seeking damages of more than $50,000 in a lawsuit filed in Cook County.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect consists of many different actions or lack of actions. When a nursing home accepts a patient into their facility they agree to provide proper care at all times. When they fail to properly supervise a resident it may result in injuries. Falls are likely the most common reason for injuries in nursing homes. When an elderly patient falls they may sustain broken bones and fractures more easily than a younger person. Serious injuries from falls may require medical treatment including surgery.
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When we look for a place for our elderly loved ones to live we try to find the best facility possible. We trust that nursing homes provide residents with the care and supervision they need. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Inadequate supervision in nursing homes is one of the most common reasons for injuries. Residents can easily be injured when there is a lack of control by the staff.

Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that provides guidelines and rules that must be followed by nursing homes and residents. The rights and responsibilities are set forth and includes how nursing facilities must treat residents in their care. The legislation also includes how violations are to be handled as well as the complaint, hearing, and appeal processes. Once a nursing home facility approves a patient for residency they must provide proper care. This may include a number of different types of care including adequate patient supervision.

Signs of Poor Supervision
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When our loved one moves into a nursing home we trust that they will receive the best possible care. Many people prefer to have their relative live in a facility simply because of the added protection and supervision that it should offer over living alone. Yet sometimes, nursing homes fail to provide the care that they should. The result can be devastating when a serious injury or death occurs. One recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Countryside Nursing and Rehab Center and Extended Care Consulting, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that negligent care led to the death of a loved one.

Woman Sustained Injuries

In this case, the woman nursing home resident sustained injuries that consisted of pressure ulcers on her sacrum and heels. The ulcers worsened and over time and the woman later died as a result of the negligent care. Pressure sores are very common in patients who are confined to their beds. These patients need to be repositioned with help from nursing care providers. When they are allowed to remain in the same position for too long, pressure sores can form.
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The administrator for a man’s estate filed a lawsuit against a nursing home alleging that their negligence caused or contributed to the man’s death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Manorcare Health Services in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The man lived in the care facility where he developed c-diff, a dangerous infection, and kidney failure. These medical problems contributed to his death. The relatives are seeking a judgment of at least $50,000 for damages.

C-Diff Infection

Clostridium difficile, also known simply as C. diff, is an infection affecting the digestive tract. There are thousands of types of microorganisms in a healthy person’s digestive tract and when an imbalance occurs it can cause illness or even death. C. diff is a type of bacteria that causes symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite The infection can become so bad that it is life-threatening. Older people and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk for this infection. When the infection worsens it can cause a hole in the intestine, which requires immediate emergency treatment.
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