Leaders Say Rural Nursing Homes Face Accelerating Problems
At the close of 2018, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) reported that the fastest growing older population group in the state is age 85 and older. DCEO also projected the 85+ age group will total 402,311 people, an increase of 109 percent, by 2030. And for the geriatric population living in the state’s 62 non-metropolitan and rural counties, current growing health care challenges will create much larger eruptions of a sicker and more underserved group of older adults left to rely on limited health care services, nursing homes included.
The issue starts with an already health disparate elderly population living in rural Illinois areas who will remain dependent on small hospitals that may not provide vital geriatric services, proper diagnosis and treatment plans. Small communities that offer fewer aging support facilities such as long-term care housing, nursing homes, and assisted living centers will also contribute to the struggle as well as minimal access to quality trained, well-paid nursing home care staff. Our Illinois nursing home neglect lawyers continue to work on many cases where understaffing and poorly paid staff created an easy environment for residents to become neglected, abused or mistreated, especially in rural communities.
Elderly Should Be Able To “Age in Place”
Having sufficient, well-trained and paid support staff, as well as local fruitful budgets that are responsibly managed vs. money and care decisions controlled by large, private nursing home chains, are two main challenges the rural nursing home care services continue to be challenged by. And when the elderly who live in rural communities are not able to be cared for close to home, safeguards fall out of place such as common visits by family, friends, and physicians who have trusted relationships with residents. Consequently, preventative safety and illness measures will lessen while the opportunity for neglect and of abuse grow. As difficult as the access problem may be to solve, our state can no longer ignore it. The elderly, no matter where they choose to reside and be cared for, should have access to health care options that allow them to age in place without the fear of neglect or abuse.
Levin & Perconti: Legal Voice for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect in Illinois
If someone you love has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, rehabilitation center, or other long or short-term care facility, the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Levin & Perconti want to help. Our attorneys have three decades of experience successfully bringing nursing homes to task and over half a billion dollars recovered for our clients. We can bring justice to families whose loved ones have been harmed by underfunded, understaffed rural nursing homes. Contact us now for a FREE consultation at 312-332-2872, toll-free at 1-877-374-1417, or by completing our online case evaluation form.