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Taking the guesswork out of nursing home abuse

Getting older is a part of life. What is not expected with aging individuals, however, is the sudden loss of the ability to care for themselves. Whether it is due to an illness or simply old age, this situation can cause family members to consider various options to care for an elderly loved one. While it might be more ideal for one to care for an aging loved one, this is not always a possibility. Thus, many consider a nursing home to be their best option.

Nursing home managers accused of hiding $700,000 theft

Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe place for people who are too old to care for themselves. Unfortunately, this relationship often places the managers and owners of the home in a position of virtually uncontrolled power over the residents. A prime example of how this power imbalance can affect nursing home residents came to light last week when the Cook County Public Guardian's office filed a complaint seeking damages from the four entities that own a chain of nursing homes known as Symphony Residences.

Stan Lee was a victim of financial exploitation

If you are any kind of fan of superheroes, it is very likely that you know who Stan Lee was. If not, then you should know that he is a comic book legend. Mr. Lee was the creator of Marvel Comics. Prior to his death last year, he amassed a fortune estimated to be between $50 to $70 million. While it is common to believe that a celebrity with that kind of money would be far too protected to become a victim of financial exploitation or elder abuse, such was not the case.

Family suing Chicago area nursing home for elder abuse

Many Arlington Heights area residents help their aging relatives. It is a privilege to be the caregiver for a loved one, but it can also be stressful and exhausting. Many older adults require medical care that a family is not able to provide, and the family has to make the difficult decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. Many of these nursing homes provide good care, but elder abuse continues to be a problem in area nursing homes.

Know the basics about nursing home abuse

There are thousands of people in the greater Chicago area who have elderly family members who reside in a nursing home. For the most part, these facilities provide their residents with the care they need, which can include help with everyday tasks or even continuous medical care. But, unfortunately, there are some people who work in nursing homes who do not act the way they should. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a real problem in the Chicago area and throughout the country.

Elder abuse and neglect comes in many different forms

There are thousands of people in Chicago and the surrounding areas who have relatives residing in nursing homes. For the most part, the people who work at nursing homes are caring and provide the best treatment for those residents. However, as the occasional news story reminds us all, there is the potential for abuse and neglect in nursing homes in Chicago and throughout the nation.

Lawsuit brought against Illinois nursing home after alleged abuse

Cases of nursing home abuse and neglect can be troubling and tragic. It is important for family members of victims to know how to protect their loved ones and how to protect themselves through the legal options available to them if their loved ones have suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect.

Chemical restraint -- nursing homes' dark secret

Realizing that a loved one is no longer capable of caring for him or herself is incredibly difficult. You may have struggled with the decision to place your parent, aunt or grandparent in the care of a nursing home but probably came to the conclusion that it was for the best. After all, these facilities are supposed to have trained staff and the right equipment to provide careful and loving care to patients. 

Neglect -- one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse

One of the more concerning issues in Illinois, as in the greater American society today, is the neglect of elderly patients in care facilities. The neglect of the elderly is considered to be one of the more prevalent forms of nursing home abuse. When a patient does not get the necessary standard of care, it constitutes neglect.

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