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U.S. nursing home residents, totaling 1.2 million seniors and nonelderly people with disabilities living in over 15,000 facilities, are at increased risk of coronavirus infection and complications. The combined challenges of the facility setting and shared living environment, residents with underlying health conditions, the close contact that many care workers have with residents, and failures in facilities who do not provide quality care, all contribute to the high number of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in the elder communities.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of August 7, 20202:

  • More than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 have been traced back to nursing home residents and staff, resulting in 4,162 deaths.

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Some U.S. Nursing Home Providers Will Misuse COVID Relief Funds

A revealing story published in the Washington Post shows that many for-profit nursing homes across the U.S., received hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID relief by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funds were intended to be shared to help health care workers and nursing home residents address pandemic-related shortcomings in care, but came with few spending restrictions. Unfortunately, some for-profit owners may take advantage of the support rather than spend the money on necessities such as personal protective equipment or hazard pay for nurses and aides caring for residents battling COVID-19.

According to Health and Human Services (HHS):

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Illinois Nursing Home Facilities with Ongoing Infectious Disease Shortcomings

For decades, nursing home owners and operators have cut corners and allowed their facilities to perform under minimal oversight. Legal liability serves a definite purpose and is a functional safeguard for nursing home residents who have the right to be served by an operation that complies with laws and regulations. Our attorneys are currently investigating outbreaks and reviewing over 100 complaints involving assisted living, long-term care, and skilled nursing facilities that have failed to uphold adequate procedures and responsibility related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Chicago area and surrounding communities in Illinois.

Here is a summary of facilities representing only a small number of our findings.

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How To Read a Nursing Home Inspection Survey To Identify Abuse or Neglect

All nursing home providers participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program must meet Federal reporting requirements as well as state laws as they relate to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Homes must also remain in substantial compliance to remain in operation and be evaluated for care standards through annual surveys and inspections. It is expected that any recorded violation will then be addressed promptly and residents will no longer be at risk from those noted deficiencies.

Families can review a website published by CMS called Nursing Home Compare. Here, they can access quality of care information for every nursing home that participates in Medicare and Medicaid in Illinois. Nursing Home Compare provides an overall star rating based on three factors: health inspections, staffing levels, and quality measures, but also includes the results of recent health inspections.

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Symphony at the Tillers of Oswego releases COVID-19 statistics showing 46 COVID infections and 9 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 12. 2020, Symphony at the Tillers of Oswego, located in Oswego, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 46 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Uptown Health Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 122 COVID infections and 17 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 12, 2020, Uptown Health Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 122 infections and 17 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Symphony at Midway releases COVID-19 statistics showing 213 COVID infections and 21 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Symphony at Midway, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 213 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 60 COVID infections and 12 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 60 infections and 12 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Alden Valley Ridge releases COVID-19 statistics showing 43 COVID infections and 15 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Alden Valley Ridge,located in Bloomingdale, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 43 infections and 15 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Alden Estates of Naperville releases COVID-19 statistics showing 90 COVID infections and 21 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 9, 2020, Alden Estates of Naperville, located in Naperville, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 90 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On May 1, 2020, the Chicago Tribune posted an article detailing the issues surrounding Alden Estates of Naperville’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article begins with the experience of Brenda Petty, who called the facility weeks back to check on her mother who was a resident at Alden Estates of Naperville. The facility explained to Petty that her mother was fine and there were relatively few cases of COVID-19 within the facility. However, just three days after this initial phone call, Petty’s mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 and subsequently died, the article continues that Petty did not learn of the true extent of the outbreak in the nursing home until after her mother had passed away. Following similar issues regarding the lack of communication between the facility and the public, the facility’s new administrator sent a letter to families apologizing for the communication issues and declared such problems unacceptable.

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