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Evanston nursing home fined after patient's hospital death

It is always a difficult moment when we acknowledge that elder relatives can no longer take care of themselves. Some earlier traditions hold that it is the time for grandparents and parents to seek the care of younger and more able relations, but that is not always practical in modern times. Millions of families in the United States rely on nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to protect the safety and health of these people.

The importance of these places makes it vital that Illinois and other states maintain vigilance for the quality of care. It is now easier than ever to review any problems reported against a facility or its operator.

A nursing home in Evanston was recently cited and fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for failing to maintain adequate care standards to protect its residents. The report claims the nursing director at the home ignored a resident's decline in health over three days.

The resident had to be transported to a hospital, where he died a day later. The resident physician said he should have been informed, and he was not until the patient was in shock. This condition can be extremely dangerous to older people, for whom recovery is often harder and longer.

The survivors of nursing home neglect victims have the right to sue for wrongful death or personal injury. These lawsuits can help motivate nursing home operators to stay vigilant and save lives in the future. An attorney can help review the facts of a case and build a lawsuit against the perpetrators of abuse or neglect.

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