Although many people place their elderly loved ones in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living facilities to ensure that those individuals receive adequate health care and attention, the reality is that nursing home residents are amongst the most vulnerable populations in society. This is largely due to the fact that residents are often unable to protect themselves from the physical or emotional abuse of their caretakers, whether due to age or poor health.
While the rights of nursing home residents are protected under both state and federal law in Illinois, an alarming number of violations continue to occur, making it especially important for those who have suspicions that a loved one is being mistreated, to speak with an experienced nursing home negligence and abuse attorney who can help hold the at-fault parties accountable for their actions.
Under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, all long-term care facilities are required to use reasonable care when treating and caring for their residents and to ensure that certain rights are respected and protected, including the right to:
Facilities or employees who harm their residents or who fail to respect these rights could face legal repercussions, including sanctions and fines.
Evidence of nursing home abuse or neglect is not always obvious. Fortunately, there are a few signs that are often indicative of abuse or neglect, so if one of your loved ones lives in a nursing home, you may want to keep an eye out for the following:
If you have noticed any of these signs at your own relative’s long-term care facility and have notified the proper authorities, you should speak with an attorney about your loved one’s legal rights and options.
Please call 312-332-5400 to schedule a consultation with one of the dedicated nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. today.