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The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (INHCA)

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (INHCA) provides basic and fundamental rights for nursing home residents throughout the state of Illinois. In particular, residents Illinois nursing homes are provided with protection from abuse, neglect and serious mistreatment. Under the INHCA, nursing home residents maintain the same rights that they have if they were a private citizen living at home. New residents should be informed upon their arrival of their spousal impoverishment rights as defined in the Illinois Public Aid Code. Residents maintain the right to use their personal property as they wish, and retain the services of their own personal physician...

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Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Getting older is a fact of life, and for many, nursing homes eventually become their new homes. And while living in a nursing home might be as inevitable as aging, you can take certain measures to ensure that all reasonable safeguards are in place at the nursing home and that you are getting reasonable and adequate care. Nursing homes in Illinois are regulated by the Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45/1-101, et seq.) and the Illinois Administrative Code (42 CFR §483).  If a nursing home or those who work there violate these regulations and standards causing harm to a resident,...

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State revoking license of Joliet nursing home

By Janet Lundquist and Bob Okon Staff writers May 2, 2012 5:08PM State public health officials confirmed Wednesday they are in the process of revoking the license for a troubled Joliet nursing home. Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 777 Draper Ave., also was scheduled to be decertified for Medicare on April 1, said Melaney Arnold, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Arnold could not confirm Wednesday that the center was scheduled to close May 15. A woman who answered the phone at Hillcrest on Wednesday said Amy Sparks, who is listed as the administrator of the facility on both the...

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One facility’s record of alleged violence

Chicago police responded to 34 reports alleging battery, assault or sexual violence from 2009 to 2011 at Rainbow Beach Care Center, while health inspectors cited other violence. "The facility vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing and is aggressively defending against" the state citations, said facility attorney Holly Turner. March 2009 to January 2010: An "extremely violent" 54-year-old man repeatedly struck residents, breaking one woman's nose and eyeglasses. Inspectors said the facility did not have a plan for dealing with his aggressive behavior. August 2009 to January 2010: A 43-year-old male resident allegedly assaulted at least seven people in the facility, punching several...

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Lawsuit: Nursing home failed to protect patient from resident with `violent criminal record’

By Bridget Doyle TribLocal reporter March 8 The family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died after a physical altercation with another patient at Oak Park Healthcare is suing the west suburban nursing home for wrongful death, according to a press release issued Thursday by the family’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Chicago-based Levin and Perconti, alleges the facility violated federal and state nursing home regulations in failing to protect patient from physical abuse and failing to provide appropriate supervision, according to the press release. Anibal Calderon, an 80-year-old resident of the Oak Park Healthcare Center, “was assaulted by a 66-year-old resident with...

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State: Belleville nursing home negligent in 77-year-old resident’s death

BY KEVIN BERSETT - News-Democrat The 77-year-old man who walked away from a Belleville nursing home last month and later died in the cold had wandered off from the facility two times in the weeks and months before his final disappearance, according to an inspection report released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Despite these previous attempts, Aubrey Giles, who suffered from dementia, kidney failure and heart disease, was not wearing a patient monitoring device Jan. 14 when he left Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care, 727 N. 17th St., the report states. The report also states that Giles' care plan --...

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Nursing home sued over walk-away resident’s death

February 22, 2012 (BELLEVILLE, Ill.) -- The daughters of a 77-year-old man who was found dead last month partly submerged in a creek are suing the southwestern Illinois nursing home from which the man wandered. Terri Dancy and Linda Woods filed the negligence lawsuit Tuesday in St. Clair County against Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center of Belleville and its management company, Senior Healthcare Management. Authorities say Aubrey Giles suffered from dementia and heart disease and wandered away from the home two other times in the months leading up to his death. Link...

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Psychiatric Drugs Used for Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes Cause Undue Risk

Says Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Dec 30, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Families with a loved one in a nursing home that has dementia should be vigilant about their care. Government inspectors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently found that dementia residents are often being prescribed strong psychiatric drugs, but for off-label reasons. Medicines such as Seroquel and Zyprexa are being used to sedate these types of residents, and not necessarily for what they are supposed to do -- help treat patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "These medicines can cause serious injuries and deaths...

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Man uses sheets to escape nursing home, dies in fall

CHICAGO (STMW) - A man who tied sheets together and used them to try and lower himself out a window of a nursing home accidentally fell and died Wednesday morning in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Ramon Crisantos, 57, who lived at the Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion at 2242 N. Kedzie Blvd., woke up early Wednesday and a nurse saw him begin his normal routine so the nurse began her daily duties, according to a Shakespeare District police lieutenant. But about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, someone downstairs heard a noise and went to investigate....

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Troubled Chicago nursing home may lose Medicaid funding

March 16, 2011|By David Jackson and Gary Marx, Tribune reporters Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune Federal authorities are moving this week to terminate Medicaid funding to the troubled Wincrest Nursing Center on the city's North Side after state and federal inspections documented residents engaged in bloody fights and drug abuse that spilled from the facility out into the surrounding community. An 80-bed home that primarily houses adults with mental illnesses, including dozens with felony records, Wincrest has for years been the subject of complaints by local officials and neighbors, as well as students and staff from nearby Loyola University Chicago. Seven Loyola residence...

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Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home Neglect

February 4, 2011. By Brenda Craig Email to a friendEmail New York, NY: Families of nursing home residents need to be on guard says personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Paul Dansker. "There are a few basic problems that occur over and over again," says Dansker. "And those problems can be very, very dangerous." Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home NeglectAs Dansker points out, many times, nursing home residents are frequently unable or even afraid to speak out about problems in their facility, so family scrutiny is required at all times. Bedsores are never acceptable and it can indicate that proper...

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Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuits Have No Effect on Medical “Crisis”

The spreading of misinformation about tort reform continues unabated in public forums across the country. Things are no different in this part of the nation as some special interests continue to argue that certain types of legal cases, including Illinois nursing home lawsuits are causing a healthcare “crisis.” The only solution, say these proponents, is legislation that takes away the rights of negligence victims. The truth, however, shows that not only do medical malpractice cases have nothing to do with the issue, but there is no actual “crisis” at all. A guest editorial in the Belleville News Democrat recently explained the...

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Chicago Nursing Home Abuse

Chicago nursing homes account for the majority of nursing homes in Cook County. There are currently close to 1,000 nursing home facilities in Cook County. The Chicago nursing homes alone represent over forty percent of all the Cook County nursing homes.  Chicago nursing home abuse can include emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The perpetrator can be a staff member, another resident or a visitor to the home.  Illinois nursing homes and Chicago nursing homes are required to provide the highest care possible to residents; failure to do so can be devastating for the victim and her family. Chicago Nursing Home...

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Illinois Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect in an Illinois nursing home involves the failure to provide proper care to residents to avoid harm, anguish or illness and can take many forms. It can mean that a resident does not receive proper medical care when she is sick or becomes injured, that she is not given her proper medication or that she does not receive proper meals.  It can also mean that the resident receives inadequate grooming and care Link...

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