What You Need to Know About Nursing Home Care

Family caregivers are sometimes forced to admit that they can no longer provide the level of care at home that an elderly loved one requires. They face a difficult decision to move the person in their care to a nursing home community. Finding a reliable and reputable facility can be emotional, stressful and financially difficult for many.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the state has roughly 1,200 long-term care facilities to serve 100,000 residents of all ages. The IDPH licenses, regulates and inspects these facilities at least once a year.

One annual inspection may not reveal the true conditions of the facility or the treatment the staff actually provides. So, once you decide where your elder should reside, you are basically putting your trust in that staff and facility management to deliver the best level of care possible.

Many nursing homes are excellent. Residents are treated with compassion and respect. However, some are not. Elderly residents are unfortunately easy targets for abuse and neglect. The Illinois Department on Aging research shows that:

  • 22 percent claim physical abuse
  • 39 percent claim active or passive neglect
  • 43 percent allege emotional abuse
  • 58 percent of elder abuse reports allege financial exploitation

It’s up to you to monitor the facility when you visit and look for any of these signs of abuse. If your loved one becomes a victim, it’s time to take action. Obviously, notify the facility management immediately. If that does not get results, it becomes your responsibility to consider legal action to force compliance, protect your loved one, and alert the public to abusive behavior.

Consult an Illinois lawyer experienced at defending people who can’t defend themselves. Knowledgeable about the laws on nursing home abuse, your Illinois elder care attorney can investigate the home’s operating procedures and use other legal resources to construct a winning case on your behalf.