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Injuries are a potential sign of nursing home neglect

Nursing home neglect comes with a variety of symptoms. Some residents will see their general hygiene decline if they do not get help with showers, changing clothes and brushing their teeth. Others will see their emotional health dip as they feel neglected, forgotten and ignored by the staff.

As people live longer, nursing home care becomes necessary

The impact of medical science has been felt in many areas of life, and it has actually stretched life expectancy to far beyond what people knew just a few generations ago. While this is certainly a positive trend, it does come with some distinct challenges. Aging is not easy. As people live longer, more and more of them wind up in nursing homes.

Why the elderly must have help with medications

The doctor prescribes a medication for an elderly patient. That person's prescription gets filled and delivered. That's a great start, but the reality is that so many mistakes happen at the next stage in the process that medical experts usually assume that around 50 percent of these patients will not end up taking the medicine as it was prescribed.

Improper medication is a top nursing home complaint

Nursing home neglect takes many forms. Residents do not get the help they need with showers. Those who are immobile develop bedsores when they are not turned often enough. Residents are left alone and suffer dangerous falls. These are just three common examples.

Many nursing home issues stem from understaffing

Nursing home staff members may do everything in their power not to neglect your loved one, but this neglect can still happen. It often does occur in facilities all over Illinois. So, if the staff members are working as hard as they can and they know the dangers of neglecting the residents, how does this problem persist?

The physical and emotional impact of an understaffed nursing home

A nursing home that does not have enough workers on staff is a place where the potential for neglect cannot be ignored. In a case like this, that neglect may not even be the fault of the workers themselves, but of the executives running the home. Workers may not be willfully neglectful, but even their best efforts may not be enough since they can only do one job at a time.

Discussing services provided by assisted living facilities

Coming to the realization that your parent needs to be in an assisted living facility is difficult. Many people will feel guilty that they cannot provide the proper care for their parents in their old age. This is not uncommon. That's why many people perform an incredible amount of research prior to making a decision about where their parent will live. One such option is that of an assisted living facility and the services they offer.

Strangulation death leads to nursing home citation in Illinois

A nursing home in Illinois has been cited in a strangulation death, according to a recent report. The death was a tragic one as the victim was strangled to death by his own nightgown. The roommate of the victim screamed for help but the screams went unanswered by staff members at the nursing home. The incident will cost the nursing home $50,000.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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