Many Illinoisans depend on the staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to take good care of their aging loved ones. Unfortunately, instances of nursing home neglect occur all too often, leaving some of our nation's most vulnerable individuals in situations where they are unable to protect themselves. It is important, then, to understand what is meant by nursing home neglect.
Nursing homes play an important role in the growing number of aging individuals in the United States. In Illinois, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are scattered across the state, providing care to many elderly people. Inside nursing homes, professional staff members take care of the overall well-being of residents who may participate in various activities and interact with other residents inside. Sadly, not all interactions are friendly as some nursing home residents are capable of inflicting harm to their fellow residents.
The number of baby boomer Americans joining the ranks of the retired increases every year; many of them live here in Illinois. However, because of technological advancements and improvements in health care, many boomers are living longer. As this elderly population grows, so will the demand for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Illinois residents often turn to nursing homes when they can no longer care for older loved ones. An estimated 100,000 seniors now live in 1,300 nursing homes in the state. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that 12,000 seniors are at risk of getting abused each year. If you are a relative of a senior who is living in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, then it is your duty to help protect him or her from any form of abuse. Fortunately, there are signs you can watch for.