We have often explained how it is imperative for state regulatory bodies to take proactive steps to ensure that area nursing homes are abiding by all necessary regulations. It is simply unacceptable to allow vulnerable nursing home residents to be repeatedly subjected to sub-par care. One way to prevent the abuse is to take action before specific acts of negligence are reported.
Lo Hud News reported earlier this week on one regulatory body that is working to take proactive measure. The paper reported on steps taken by that areas health department to cite deficient facilities (and close one egregious home) for care violations.
Specifically three nursing homes were fined for not following advance directives for terminally ill patients in the facilities and the all-too-common problem of allowing pressure sores to develop. Three facilities will pay $28,000, $22,000, and $20,000 respectively for elder care negligence. One other facility will be closed completely after receiving 21 violations in the last three years.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys applaud all government efforts to hold these negligent facilities accountable for their mistakes that place resident lives in jeopardy. Unfortunately, efforts like this one to proactively sanction nursing homes occur only rarely. There are simply too many facilities and too few resources given to these government bodies to even begin to ensure that each and every facility acts as it should. That is why it is necessary for private citizens-friends and family members of the residents-to come forward and press to have these facilities held accountable. Be sure to contact a nursing home lawyer to help in that accountability process.
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