Nursing home abuse and neglect is often the result of negligent hiring, under-staffing and inadequate training. This site provides valuable insight, information and links to resources to stop the abuse, and take action against all responsible parties.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a duty to each resident to provide properly qualified individuals in numbers sufficient to handle the workload. Often times, inadequately trained nursing home employees provide substandard care. This site offers solutions to nursing home abuse through a variety of resources to protect the rights of your loved one.
Filing a Complaint
Illinois Life Span – The site provides information about quickly reporting any suspected neglect, abuse or exploitation of senior citizens, or adults with disabilities. The Illinois Department of Human Services under the guidance of the Inspector General runs this round-the-clock adult protective service hotline.
Looking for Signs of Abuse
Administration on Aging (AOA) – The site is run by the Department of Health & Human Services. It provides detailed descriptions on defining abuse on the aging population, and how to look for warning signs of neglect. This includes physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse, along with financial exploitation.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) – This site is maintained by the U.S. Administration on Aging, and serves as a valuable resource for policymakers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, advocates, social service providers, the justice system and families. It provides tools for training and effective solutions for stopping abuse of the elderly and others in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Medicare.gov – Click the link here to file a complaint concerning care provided to residents of a nursing home or assisted living facility. It provides contact information for the state of Illinois including telephone numbers and websites. They provide access to nursing home information, to allow families to compare different facilities and seek out nursing homes with a five-star quality rating.
Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) – This Illinois government run site provides contact information for adult protective services to help stop neglect and abuse of any individual suffering from developmental disabilities and mental illness, in and out of nursing homes and domestic settings.
Illinois Department on Aging – Click this link to gain access to the Illinois bill on protective services and elder rights. A program official responds to every complaint for any reported alleged neglect, abuse, or financial exploitation of individuals 60 years or older living within the state. The site also lists the Illinois Human Rights Act, Legal Services Development Program and the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
City of Chicago – The city’s main webpage links to information on elder abuse, and what every family member needs to know about neglect in nursing homes. It lists a variety of risk factors, medical implications, prevention methods, and signs of abuse or neglect. It also describes the emergency funds available in the community to provide round-the-clock care in nursing facilities on a limited basis.
Nursing Home Monitoring
Illinois Department of Public Health – Click here to gain access to the state’s public health site for answers of which agencies regulate nursing facilities in the state. The site also lists Illinois nursing homes and the best methods for choosing a nursing facility for a loved one. The public health department also maintains a nursing home database detailing information concerning the performance of all Medicaid and Medicare certified nursing facilities in the state.
University Of Illinois Extension – This website lists definitions of elder abuse, obvious signs of neglect and abuse, and associated programs offered by the state of Illinois. In addition, it lists hotline contact numbers to report any suspected abuse on the elderly, disabled or others in nursing homes, or in domestic settings.
Chicago Tribune Watchdog – This website provides an ongoing look at nursing home reform in the state, including the Chicago Metropolitan area, along with Medicaid funding and the challenges of handling the mentally ill in nursing care facilities.
Dealing with Nursing Home Abused Victims
American Psychological Association (APA) – This website offers solutions for elder neglect and abuse along with an extensive psychology help center, and information on how to determine if neglect and abuse is happening to a loved one.
American Association of Retired People (AARP) – Click this link for an in-depth site on steps to help your parents manage residing in a nursing home. It includes a checklist with abuse and neglect signs to look for along with necessary steps you will need to take if you suspect any mistreatment of your loved one. In addition, the site outlines the nursing home resident’s Bill of Rights, codified by both federal and Illinois state laws.
The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) – This website is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and provides important information on healthy aging. It lists potential abusers in a nursing home facility, signs of abuse and neglect, and how it can be prevented. It also contains an extensive list of what any family member (not a caregiver) can do to
prevent abuse and neglect of their loved one.
FindLaw.com – This website provides a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section on nursing home abuse including the rights of the residents, how to file a complaint and exactly what qualifies as abuse and neglect in a nursing facility setting. The site also contains additional links to learn essential facts concerning nursing home abuse including claims, injuries, statutory protection, checklists and more.
Each year, the Illinois Department of Health runs a campaign as an effective tool for raising awareness of this serious issue in the community. It provides extensive hotlines to report abuse and domestic settings, workplaces, assisted living and nursing homes along with long-term care facilities.
Resident nursing home abuse takes many forms, including verbal and physical abuse, along with sexual or financial exploitation. Any intentional action causing harm or creating serious risks of harm is considered abuse. It is imperative that every family member and friend take the initiative to report any type of abuse or neglect in a long-term care setting, assisted living home or nursing home facility. This can be done directly, or through a legal representative who specializes in nursing home neglect and abuse