Illinois Nursing Homes Struggle With Infectious Disease

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Hundreds of Illinois Nursing Homes Fail to Control Deadly Diseases

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 380,000 nursing home residents die each year due to care related infections. Sadly, similar to most nursing home sicknesses and injuries, many of these infections are preventable. In reviewing a report from the Long Term Care Coalition using data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in December of 2018, hundreds of nursing homes in Illinois received a low care rating for programs that investigate, control and keep infections from spreading. Citations for the last three years reveal more than a dozen of these facilities are housed in Chicago and were given the lowest grade possible, an “F”, in protecting residents from preventable harm, injury, and death related to disease control.

  1. Aperion Care International (4815 South Western Avenue)
  2. Aperion Care West Chicago (201 West North Avenue)
  3. Arbour Health Care Center (1512 West Fargo)
  4. Balmoral Home (2055 West Balmoral Avenue)
  5. Center Home Hispanic Elderly (1401 North California)
  6. Central Nursing Home (2450 North Central Avenue)
  7. Chalet Living & Rehab (7350 North Sheridan Road)
  8. Mercy Circle (3659 West 99TH Street)
  9. Norwood Crossing (6016 North Nina Avenue)
  10. Peterson Park Health Care Center (6141 North Pulaski Road)
  11. Princeton Rehab & HCC (255 West 69th Street)
  12. Ridgeview Rehab & Nursing Center (6450 North Ridge Boulevard)
  13. Symphony at Midway (4437 South Cicero)
  14. Symphony of South Shore (2425 East 71st Street)
  15. Warren Barr Gold Coast (66 West Oak Street)

Even with regulatory requirements led by inspections and routine reporting, infection continues to be a leading cause of death and needless suffering for nursing home residents. The most common reasons infection can be spread includes a complete disregard by staff who choose not to follow preventative measures such as washing their hands or sterilizing equipment before providing resident care or resident neglect.

Disease Related Complications Often Hit Targeted Residents

Complications mostly affect people who are 65 and older who have underlying illnesses, such as memory disorders, heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, already easy targets for nursing home abuse and neglect. There are three common infection-related complications in this group of elderly individuals including pneumonia, sepsis and cardiac related issues such as heart attack or stroke.

All nursing home facilities should have an infectious disease strategy and illness outbreak prevention plan, carried out by fully trained and responsible staff. When administrators fail to prevent diseases from spreading, facilities could be held accountable for related deaths or injuries.

Levin & Perconti Can Help Your Family

If someone close to you has sustained a serious infection or illness resulting from a fail in preventative care while staying at a nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation. Levin & Perconti is one of the nation’s most recognized and respected leaders in the areas of elder abuse and nursing home negligence. We have successfully litigated and settled abuse and neglect cases throughout the city of Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and the entire state of Illinois.

There is a time limit to file a case in Illinois, so please contact us now for a free consultation with one of our skilled nursing home attorneys. Call us toll free at 1-877-374-1417, in Chicago at (312) 332-2872, or complete our online case evaluation form.

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