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Nursing home neglect can occur despite a family's best efforts

The decision to place a failing loved one in a long-term care facility is not arrived at easily. In order to ensure that a beloved family member does not become a victim of suspected nursing home neglect, it may require exhaustive research and a visit to those facilities that are being considered. Unfortunately, in spite of an Illinois family's diligence, a loved one could still become a victim of substandard care or abuse.

When a family member is experiencing age-related or other chronic long-term health complications, it may become necessary to seek placement in a specialized care facility. However, deciding how to choose the appropriate facility may become a daunting task. Many families may believe that the recommendations from medical providers imply that the facility will provide the best care and that residents will not face the risk of neglect or abuse. Unfortunately, the recommended facility could still prove to be neglectful.

Patient advocates suggest that family members conduct on-line research and make in-person visits to any facilities that they may be considering. In spite of these measures, abuse or neglect could still occur. There are some telltale signs that may indicate that a resident may have been abused or neglected, including a marked change in behavior or unusual mood shifts. Some residents may claim to have been mistreated and professionals say that in the majority of these cases, there is at least some truth to these allegations.

As of 2016, the laws were changed to permit family members to file a civil suit against facilities that suspected of nursing home neglect or abuse. Previously, many families were required to sign arbitration agreements that prevented them from pursuing litigation in potential abuse cases. If an Illinois family believes that their loved one has been a victim of neglect or any type of abuse, they may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in order to determine the best way to protect their loved ones from these serious situations.

Source: Fox Business, "Signs of Nursing Home Neglect, Abuse", Casey Dowd, Accessed on Oct. 6, 2017

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