Last week the Chicago Tribune published a story highlighting some examples of Chicago nursing home neglect that often fall under the radar screen. Many disabled adults currently live in group homes with other residents. Last year alone 130 cases of abuse and neglect at those homes were reported in Illinois-a startling 33% increase over the last four years. In most cases the abuse occurs at the hands of care workers who receive scant supervision and have little repercussions for their conduct.
Earlier this year we shared the tragic story of a disabled man in an eastern Illinois group home who was beaten to death by his caregivers. Other examples of Illinois nursing home abuse include residents who are verbally cursed for failing to clean dishes properly and a man with Downs Syndrome who was dragged down the hallway by his ankles while screaming in pain. A caregiver in a Belleville home let a wheelchair bound resident fall 6 feet from a van lift and then lied about the event. In one case care workers failed to notice that a female resident had wandered off-she ultimately drowned in a nearby pond.
To help combat the problem state officials have proposed legislation increasing oversight of these facilities; part of those changes would make it easier for the public to learn of the abuse cases. Operators of these home usually claim that the low-pay offered to these workers means that some “unsavory” characters are hired and allowed to treat residents.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers at Levin & Perconti believe that there is no excuse for anyone to abuse disabled residents at these facilities. Excuses made by these operators to explain the often poor services they provide cannot be accepted. Please ensure that those negligent workers, operators, and owners are held accountable for the pain that they cause.
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