Nearly 2 million Americans live in long term health care facilities. With the aging of the baby boomers this figure will rise by 40% in the next decade.
A recently released nursing home report by Families for Better Care, the first comprehensive state of state review of nursing home care and nursing home abuse, found that 11 states received a failing grade for care of its patients. Illinois was one of the states that received a grade of F. The review was based on staffing, inspections, deficiencies and complaints.
Hidden cameras revealed such nursing home abuses as a nursing aide stuffing a glove in a 96 year old patients mouth in Oklahoma, patients being physically and verbally abused, patients with bruises and black eyes and many patients being left entire days without care.
If you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term health care facility it is critical that you be proactive. Interview every single provider who will administer care to the patient. Insist on regular reports and visit frequently. Recognize possible signs of nursing home abuse such as bruises, bleeding, bedsores, infections, changes in behavior, silence around caregivers or emotional withdrawal.
Most people are not very good at preventative measures and the majority of us do not act until there is a problem. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect contact a legal representative today. Our attorneys concentrate in this important area of the law. You may contact us anytime 24 hours a day,7 days a week. You may also call our toll free number, 1-866-729- 2454.
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Illinois Drops to 44th in Nursing Home Care
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Illinois ranks near the bottom in nursing home care for the second consecutive year, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group. The group published its second annual state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality. “Illinois’s ranking shows that nursing homes continued to be riddled with problems,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director. “The state remains among the worst in hiring enough staff to care for residents.”The state scored failing or below average grades in 5 of 8 categories, ranking lowest in direct care staffing hours per resident (47th), the percentage of facilities with deficiencies (44th), and the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies (39th).“Inadequate staffing levels continue to fuel widespread neglect and abuse,” said Lee. “Professional nurses and frontline caregivers cannot properly care for residents if they are overworked and short-staffed.”According to the report card, nearly every nursing home was cited one or more deficiencies. Worst yet, state regulators cited 25 percent of nursing homes for a severe deficiency, indicating ongoing harm to residents.
“We hope this failing nursing home report card serves as a wakeup call for Governor Quinn and the Illinois Legislature,” said Lee. “They can reverse the state’s trend of nursing home neglect by passing a tough staffing standard and ensuring the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s independence.”
Illinois’s 2014 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com. About FAMILIES FOR BETTER CARE Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in our nation’s nursing homes and developing solutions for improving quality of life and care. For more information, visithttp://familiesforbettercare.com.