Senior citizens and disabled persons who are residents of nursing homes are often among the most vulnerable in society. While we hope that those who take care of nursing home residents will show them respect and give them the care they deserve, all too often these vulnerable members of society are injured due to nursing home abuse and neglect.
The rights of nursing home residents in the state of Illinois are protected under both state and federal laws. Any nursing home that fails to provide its residents with proper care may be liable. Under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, all nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are required by Illinois law to treat its residents with the level of care that a reasonably careful nursing home or facility would have used in the same situation. Any Illinois nursing home or long-term care facility that does something that harms its residents, or fails to do something to prevent harm to its residents, may be liable for negligence. For example, a nursing home or long-term care facility may be liable if it fails to provide proper medical treatment to a resident. Under federal law, nursing homes are required to provide a level of care that promotes the quality of life of each resident. All nursing home residents have the right to be “free from physical or mental abuse.”
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes comes in all different forms. Illinois and federal law protect residents from physical abuse and emotional abuse. Residents may be subjected to emotional and psychological abuse by staff members of by other residents. Each person’s case is unique but there are certain warning signs that may inadequate that a nursing home is unsafe or providing inadequate care to residents. Some of the most common signs of substandard care in nursing homes include:
- Use of chemical restraints (sedatives) and over-medication
- Lack of hygiene (including lack of baths for residents)
- Ulcers/pressure sores
- Injuries due to attacks by other residents
- Injuries/falls due to a lack of supervision and attentive care by staff members
- Failure to provide medical treatment and follow-up care to residents
Our firm has experience representing nursing home residents who have been the victims of neglect while living in the very places meant to protect them. Please contact our attorneys today if you, or a family member, have been the victim of neglect in a nursing home.
Below is information on some of the most Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect that residents are victims of each day in Illinois. For additional on issues of concern for residents of nursing homes in Illinois, and their family members, please see our firm’s blog on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Illinois.