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How can Illinois residents be informed of nursing home neglect?

The nursing home industry is sprawling and profitable, and for good reason. These institutions provide a service without which many Illinois residents would have a difficult time caring for their elderly loved ones while maintaining their employment and income. Though many of our state's nursing home facilities live up to their duties and provide proper care to their residents, others fail to do so. With about 1,200 nursing homes across the state, choosing the right one for an elderly loved one is imperative.

Fortunately, the Illinois Department of Public Health inspects and regulates nursing homes. Each quarter, the Department releases a report of nursing homes it has found to be in violation of laws and regulations, helping Illinois residents be better informed. The list of alleged violators for the first quarter of 2016 can be found here. Though some of these violations are relatively minor, others are quite serious, affecting the safety and well-being of patients.

Nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse can occur at even the most well-respected institutions. Those who are affected by neglect or abuse can suffer significant damages, including pain and suffering and medical expenses.

Those whose loved ones suffer harm caused by nursing home negligence may want to establish some sort of accountability. In these instances, it is often wise to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney. Such an individual can help a neglected or abused individual, and his or her family, better understand the law as it relates to them, establish a plan for seeking compensation, and fight to ensure that this type of situation doesn't happen again.

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health, "Nursing Homes," accessed on June 19, 2016

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