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Facility has history of nursing home neglect allegations

The decision of where to find care for an elderly loved one is never undertaken lightly. In spite of how much care goes into the selection of a care facility, there remains the worry that a loved one will suffer from nursing home neglect or abuse. There may be many Illinois families who have endured this disturbing and easily preventable circumstances.

One facility has been the subject of multiple wrongful death cases over the past decade. According to a professional, most families do not pursue these types of civil suits against these facilities, even in cases where suspected abuse occurred. The current suit was the latest in a series of four others which -- according to an executive director of a long-term care coalition -- signals a pervasive or long-lasting problem with neglect or abuse. Of the 12 providers in the area, this home exceeded the other facilities by three cases. 

This provider was also recently the target of a raid by state investigators purportedly over concerns of Medicaid fraud. Investigators removed records, but no further details were divulged. The most recent suit was filed on behalf of a resident who died at the facility in June of 2016. The claim did not detail the circumstances surrounding the alleged victim's death but asserted that the provider failed to meet the expected levels of qualified staffing and care. 

The facility recently appointed a new administrator who declined to elaborate on the raid or civil suits. These types of facilities are entrusted with the care of vulnerable residents who are often unable to protect themselves. Illinois families whose loved ones have been victims of suspected nursing home neglect and abuse may choose to consult an attorney in order to seek just compensation for the harm that has been inflicted.

Source: syracuse.com, "Expert troubled by claims of wrongful deaths at Syracuse nursing home", John O'Brien, June 21, 2017

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