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Ludeman Developmental Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 313 COVID infections and 10 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 29, 2020, Ludeman Developmental Center, located in Park Forest, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 313 infections and 10 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On May 8, 2020, CBS Chicago detailed the COVID-19 outbreaks occurring at Ludeman Developmental Center, providing that the number of infections at the facility had doubled in just the last three weeks. At the time the article was written, of the 1,200 residents and staff on campus, 266 had tested positive for COVID-19, more than double the number of infections on April 20. Additionally, more than 56% of the resident had at one point tested positive along with 7% of the staff. The article further mentions the outbreak was so severe at the facility that at one point the National Guard was called in to give temperature checks and administer questionnaires to visitors. On May 10, 2020, the Chicago Tribune featured an article detailing the COVID-19 outbreak at Ludeman Developmental Center, providing much of the same facts and data as the CBS article along with issues regarding staff at the facility not having the proper protective equipment at times during the pandemic.

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Elevate Care Chicago North releases COVID-19 statistics showing 171 COVID infections and 29 deaths.  Levin & Perconti,  Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 29, 2020, Elevate Care Chicago North, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 171 infections and 29 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 133 COVID infections and 4 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 15, 2020, California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center located in Chicago, IL released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 133 infections and 4 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center has posted their own response to how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The post includes information for patients, families and guardians, and employees. They have implemented new cleaning and treatment measures and have provided Kindle tablets to residents for electronic visitation, as normal visitation is no longer permitted. Staff members are following national guidelines and wearing personal protective equipment to protect themselves and residents.

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City View MultiCare Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 242 COVID infections and 10 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On May 15, 2020, City View MultiCare Center, located in Cicero, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statistics confirm that the 242 infections and 10 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Levin & Perconti, Nationally Recognized Leaders in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law, Launches Investigation into Illinois Nursing Homes Amid COVID-19
Nursing home residents still have the right to proper care and providers should always be held accountable when that care goes badly wrong. It’s no different during these difficult times surrounding COVID-19.

The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have launched over 100 investigations into a number of assisted living, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities that have failed to uphold adequate safeguards and care in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for residents in Cook and surrounding counties in Illinois. We are seeking anyone who has information about the outbreak of COVID-19 at these facilities to contact us.

If you or your loved one has been impacted by COVID in a nursing home, please contact us for a free consultation on whether you have a legal case against the nursing home.

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Many long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living centers, will request forced arbitration agreements to be signed before a resident has been admitted. And as one of the country’s leading nursing home and abuse law firms, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that these agreements only make it more difficult for residents to seek justice in the case of them being harmed, injured, or neglected.

Forced pre-dispute arbitration:

  • takes advantage of vulnerable long-term care consumers

what are the stages and signs of dementia
An increase in those with declining cognitive abilities – such as dementia – affects an estimated 230,000 people in Illinois, according to the state’s Alzheimer’s Association. That number is expected to increase by 13 percent by 2025. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that can move slowly and requires unique support for individuals in each of the three stages: early (mild), middle (moderate), and late (severe). Many of the steps can overlap and symptoms become identified as dementia, which is the mental decline that accompanies Alzheimer’s patients.

  1. Early-stage Alzheimer’s (mild) 

In this stage, a person may still live independently, be employed, and have close relationships with friends and family. Their symptoms may not be as noticeable to them, but those close to them may start to identify early signs such as:

Nursing Homes Must Report COVID-19 Sicknesses and Deaths

COVID-19 has an alarming infection rate across the U.S., now totaling more than 672,000 confirmed cases, according to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Many of the individuals at most risk of a COVID-19 infection in Illinois reside at one of the state’s 1,200 long-term care facilities, responsible for the care of more than 100,000 individuals. Several advocates for quality long-term care are now raising questions about how accurate the reporting of COVID-19 cases among Illinois residents truly is and how that may be causing a delay in preventing the spread of the disease.

Levin & Perconti partner and attorney Steven Levin spoke to Chicago ABC7 about the role of inaccuracies in reporting COVID-19 cases in the state, saying, “I believe that reported cases are the tip of the iceberg. I believe we are going to find a scary situation once independent observers can go into the nursing homes to see what’s happened.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says as many as 305 long-term health care facilities have felt the impact of the highly contagious virus, with many nursing homes experiencing wide-spread community transmission. While there is no publicly available list of Illinois facilities battling coronavirus infections, on Wednesday, April 15, the state reported 1,587 cases associated with long-term facilities and 296 related deaths, including residents and staff.

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A message from Attorney Steven Levin

During these difficult times it is important for patients and their families to understand that residents in nursing homes still have the right to expect proper care.

Direct communication with facility staff, including the director of nursing and administration is key.  Find out what the staff is doing to prevent and control COVID-19.  Here are some things staff should be doing:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus impacting the nearly 1.4 million patients residing in nursing homes and rehab facilities across the U.S. These individuals include the elderly and severely disabled people who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Coronavirus can lead to a respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. In a growing number of cases, it can be more severe than the flu, and dying from the virus is much more likely for older and health-compromised people.

There is a select group carrying characteristics that put them at higher risk of illness and death related to an infectious disease due to cognitive limitations, which impair their ability to respond to an emergency. This group includes those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Unfortunately, dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, is already “one of the only top-10 cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed,” says the Alzheimer’s Association. A growing majority of these individuals depend on care provided by others to manage their daily activities, medications, financial needs, and to keep them in safe environments and reside in nursing homes.

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