Residents of nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities are vulnerable to several kinds of abuse and neglect if their care is not handled to a professional grade. Clinicians, administrators and support staff have a lot of control over people as they start to lose it. This can put any patient at risk.
One of the more terrifying possibilities is neglect in a nursing home, which can lead to some serious medical problems like bedsores and dehydration. These issues can complicate health issues common to elderly people, such as dementia and infirmity.
An inability to take care of oneself can also lead to the possibility of financial abuse. Residents of nursing homes may be targets for schemers looking to rob them of the proceeds from a long life’s work. Two former nursing home workers may have relieved a 98-year-old dementia patient of more than half a million dollars and are facing criminal charges in Skokie.
The investigation began when Illinois law enforcement officials took a closer look at cashed checks from the woman’s account as well as ATM withdrawals and transfers to other accounts. Several employees of her nursing home were suspected in the crime, which resulted in charges of financial exploitation of an elderly person for each defendant.
Regardless of criminal charges, victims of nursing home abuse and neglect have the right to lodge civil lawsuits against the responsible people and companies. An attorney can help victims and their families work out if and how abuse occurred and how to prevent it from happening again with the help of Illinois courts.