January 16

Seniors are Abused in 1 out of 3 Nursing Homes

In July of 2014, a study prepared by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that 30% of nursing homes in the United States – 5,283 to be exact – were cited for almost 9,000 instances of nursing home abuse and neglect over a two year period. The most common instances of nursing home abuse and neglect included: untreated bed sores, sub standard medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, inadequate sanitation and hygiene, among other complaints.

According to the report, many of the cases reported were serious enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”

In more severe cases, nursing home employees were accused of committing acts of physical and sexual abuse against residents. The report documents incidents where residents were punched, hit, chocked and kicked. The report also complains that employees would allow one resident to abuse another and do nothing to prevent the abuse. One particularly disturbing incident contained in the report is where nursing home employees bribed a patient suffering from traumatic brain injury to attack another resident – and then watched the two fight. The report also detailed a disturbing incident where a male nursing home employee openly fondled a female nursing home resident while bathing her.

Sadly, the report indicates that nursing home abuse and neglect is on the rise. Incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect have increased every year since the mid 1990′s.

Nursing home abuse and neglect will only stop in this country when people stand up and hold nursing homes accountable. A majority of the nursing homes owned in the United States are operated by private corporations. While many for-profit corporations are doing a wonderful job putting residents and their needs first – many of these privately owned nursing homes are putting profits before people. In other words, these substandard facilities are not hiring enough nurses to properly care for residents. Instead, these facilities rely on minimum wage employees (while using understaffing techniques) to maximize profits at the expense of one of our most vulnerable groups.

If you have a friend, family member or loved one in a nursing home, and suspect that “something just isn’t right,” you can contact a reputable Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorney at (847) 628-8305 or at solutions@argentolaw.com, to perform an investigation into the nursing home’s practices and procedures. There is never a cost for performing the investigation. Nursing home abuse and neglect will only stop when people stand up for their loved ones and make it stop.

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January 12

Nursing Home Abuse at Rosewood Care Center St. Charles, Illinois

On January 9, 2015, two nurses pleaded guilty to abusing an elderly woman at Rosewood Care Center – an nursing home located in Saint Charles, Illinois. According to the criminal charges filed against the nurses, one nurse slapped an elderly woman in the face with a strap while the other nurse video recorded the entire thing and then posted it to a public website. While the nurses were slapping the woman, and recording her, the 97 year old elderly woman shouted “Don’t Don’t.”

Nursing home abuse is not only a criminal act but is also conduct that strictly prohibited by the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, 210 ILCS 45/1-101 et seq. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys would advise this woman’s family to file a lawsuit for violations of the Care Act against Rosewood Care Center. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys would also advise that the individual nurses who abused this poor woman be named as defendants as well.

The full article regarding the nursing home abuse that took place at Rosewood Care Center can be found by clicking here.

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June 13

Lawsuit Filed against Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC

Argento Law Group, P.C. has filed a lawsuit against Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC in Chicago, Illinois for violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. In short, the complaint alleges that an elderly female woman with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia was a resident of the facility from August of 2012 until September of 2012. During that short period of time, she was seriously neglected by Southpoint. She was eventually transported via ambulance to a hospital where she was admitted to the intensive care unit and diagnosed with malnutrition, dehydration, multiple pressure ulcers and urinary tract infection. To date, the woman still has not recovered from her injuries. The lawsuit is brought by her son as the woman’s legal guardian and is pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County. For more information, email solutions@argentolaw.com or call (847) 628-8305.

June 13

Lawsuit Filed against Skokie Meadows Nursing Center

Argento Law Group, P.C. filed a lawsuit against Skokie Meadows Nursing Center on behalf of a widow whose husband died from septic shock during his residency at the facility. In short, the resident was an elderly gentleman with a diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. He was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection during his residency which went un-treated. As a result, the urinary tract infection advanced into sepsis which developed into septic shock. The resident died in a local hospital as a result of the septic shock. The decedent’s widow filed a lawsuit against Skokie Meadows Nursing Center for violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. For questions regarding litigation against Skokie Meadows Nursing Center, call (847) 628-8305 or email solutions@argentolaw.com.

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