A recent article on a Santa Barbara man provides an excellent example for Illinois families with loved ones in nursing homes. The man’s wife is confined to a nursing home facility because her MS is advanced. Her husband has become her most important advocate and lifeline, maintaining constant contact with the nursing home facility, providing oversight of the staff’s care, and often butting heads with the nursing home’s management to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect.
This story highlights how difficult family roles become when a loved one requires constant care. In this case, the man’s role changed quickly from being his wife’s primary advocate to assisting with her daily care, to taking on the nursing home management to fight for his wife’s rights to be free from nursing home abuse and neglect. Families should remember that they are not alone: Illinois has a nursing home ombudsmen program designed to help advocate for nursing home residents. Nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers can often achieve results that families may not be able to, especially when their loved one has suffered nursing home abuse and neglect.
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