When Neglect And Abuse Happens At Nursing Homes

For many families, the time comes when a loved one needs extra care and can no longer live independently. In Illinois, thousands of families entrust the care of their elderly, ailing and disabled loved ones to skilled nursing home facilities. Unfortunately, the standard of care provided by some of the staff members at some nursing homes is not only substandard, but even neglectful and abusive.

At Heller, Trakhtman & Associates, our attorneys stand up for the rights of nursing home residents and their families. We seek to recover full compensation for the physical injuries, emotional and mental pain and financial losses that residents and their loved ones suffer due to the negligence of nursing homes and their staff.

Stop Elder Abuse And Neglect In Nursing Homes

There are numerous factors that contribute to the poor conditions and treatment at some nursing homes. Low pay and a shortage of skilled workers mean that many nursing homes are not adequately staffed. Lack of training and a high resident-to-staff ratio creates a toxic environment where staff members are overworked and stressed and residents are ignored and abused.

If you suspect that a loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to document what is going on and collect evidence. Common signs of neglect and abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Bed sores and infections — Signs that a loved one is sitting or laying down for extended periods of time without being checked on or moved.
  • Frequent and unexplained falls — Signs that a loved one is not being properly supervised and that a fall-prevention plan is not being followed
  • Unexplained bruises — May be a sign of physical abuse, use of restraints and sexual assault
  • Sudden change in mental and emotional state — Signs of trauma, frequently exhibited by people who experienced abuse and neglect
  • Malnourishment and dehydration — Signs that a loved one's basic needs are not being attended to or monitored.

It is also important to pay attention to a loved one's hygiene. Is your relative's hair disheveled or clothes dirty? Likewise, if a loved one seems overly lethargic, it could be a sign of being overmedicated, a tactic frequently used to subdue residents.

Take Action To Protect Your Loved Ones

If you have suspicions that your loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home or assisted living facility, call a lawyer today at 847-714-0300. You can also contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We represent residents who reside in Deerfield, Chicago and in communities throughout Lake and Cook counties. We also represent injured parties from southeast Wisconsin.