A Midwestern based assisted living home company that has been under a lot of scrutiny in recent years with regards to their treatment of their elderly patients has announced that they will close a large number of their facilities. The company has incurred nearly $100,000 in fines in the last two years relating to personal injuries and wrongful deaths of the residents. The complaints include allegations of wrongful deaths, neglectful treatment of patients, a history of slips and falls while at the facility, inability to monitor patients suffering from dementia, fights between the residents caused by the staff not monitoring and listening to patients and mistakes regarding patient medication. The shut down will affect ten facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Apparently, the company informed the state licensing board that they were closing the facilities, however state officials said that they had recently requested a meeting with the company to discuss serious plans to fix the company which is considered the last chance before the state revokes nursing home licenses, so that may have led to the company shutting down the facilities when they did.
According to Post Crescent, a Chicago based assisted living company has stepped in and will take over the operation of the ten facilities that are closing. The company that is taking over currently owns 85 assisted living homes. This is a relief because the new company with a much better reputation for patient care and the new company is working to make the transition seamless for current residents, making the patient’s care and comfort the top priority during the transition. An exact time as to when the transition will end up happening is unclear because it will depend on licensing and other necessary approval from the state.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a very serious problem, and unfortunately occurs far more often than many people realize. It can often be a more hidden offense than many others because many of the elderly victims may not realize what is happening to them or may not have anyone else to talk to about the abuse and neglect issues. This is part of the reason it is so crucial for all nursing homes to be carefully monitored and held accountable for their actions. One of the biggest problems in nursing home is the problem of neglect, which can occur even when the staff does not necessarily know that they are acting in a neglectful manner. Understaffing and overworked staff members can lead to patients not getting the care and attention they need and often leads to serious personal injuries or in some cases even death.
All residents of nursing homes and all family members of people in nursing homes should be able to trust that all residents will be given the proper treatment they need when living at a nursing home. When patients are not treated with the proper level of care, the nursing home should be held responsible for their actions, and compensate the victim or the family of the victim for their mistakes. If you or a loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, please contact our Chicago attorneys today to discuss what legal options are available to you and your family.