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Handling nursing home neglect cases


As the demographics in the United States shifts drastically as baby boomers near retirement, our senior population is expected to grow quickly. Although many senior citizens who live independently are quite capable of taking care of themselves, over time they may become more dependent on others for care.

Did you know that June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness day?

Despite the health status of an individual and advances in medical technology, as people age over time both their physical and mental health may decline. As a result, older people are more likely to be exploited and may be neglected or abused at the hands of their caretakers and caregivers.

Who is a mandated reporter for nursing home neglect?


When an adult or vulnerable person in a nursing home is mistreated, neglected or financial exploited, they are by definition suffering adult abuse. Mandated reporters are required under the law to report any suspected adult abuse. However, it is important to keep in mind that in the interest of public health, safety and the well-being of vulnerable adults, anyone regardless of whether they are a mandated reporter or not, is encouraged to report adult abuse when they suspect it is happening. Regardless of who reports it, the matter will be handled the same way.

Preventing elder abuse by recognizing signs

As baby-boomers enter retirement, their families may be confronted with issues regarding their care. Our Illinois residents may not be aware of this, but nursing home abuse is a growing problem in today's society. Thus, it may be beneficial to have a basic understanding of what elder abuse is, signs to look out for and how to prevent it.

Tips on selecting a nursing home in Illinois


When a loved one or elderly family member more care than family can provide, a decision may have to be made to move the loved one into a nursing home. A nursing home is place where an individual who does not need to be in a hospital but needs additional skilled medical care can go. There are different kinds of nursing homes and what is best for a loved one or elderly family member will depend on their needs.

What are some examples of nursing home neglect in Illinois?


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.

Holding assisted-living facilities accountable for elder abuse


As in every state, when family members in Illinois can no longer take care of elderly relatives they often look for facilities, such as assisted-living arrangements and nursing homes, where their needs are met, especially those related to medical conditions. These facilities typically promise the best possible care for their residents, from medication to hygiene. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes live up to their promises. Some nursing homes are inadequately staffed or have employees who have not been trained properly. Too frequently, the result is nursing home neglect that puts elderly people's lives in danger. When profits become more important than resident safety, problems are inevitable.

Nursing home resident-to-resident mistreatment harms the elderly


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.

Nursing homes can be held accountable for nursing negligence


As people grow older, their ability to take care of themselves deteriorates. In Kane County, Illinois, local residents may begin to look for nursing homes when they can no longer care for their elderly loved ones. Nursing homes have staff that ensure the overall well-being of residents, including medication and proper hygiene. But, there have been cases of nursing home residents who were deprived of their needs. There are also cases of residents who suffered maltreatment, such as physical abuse inside nursing homes.

Disabled adults are among those most prone to nursing home abuse

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.

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