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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.

Warning signs of elder abuse

Once you have placed an aging parent into a short-term or long-term care facility you will want to know that they are being treated with respect and compassion. Unfortunately, people 60 and over have a one in 10 chance of experiencing some type of elder abuse. Seventy percent of sexual abuse occurs in nursing homes but is believed only 30 percent are actually reported.

Planning for your loved one's future with advanced directives

Your family has made the decision. After much contemplation, you have decided that it's best that your mom be placed in a nursing home. Having reviewed our suggestions for locating an optimal retirement facility, you have found a home that provides the care your mom needs. You are impressed with the staff-to-patient ratio, facility conditions and food quality. While you have completed your research and have been granted approval by your loved one, however, there are still steps you will need to take to ensure she receives the care she desires.

Tips for identifying the best nursing home for your loved one

At first, she may have seemed a little forgetful. Then you found out about the car accidents that she tried to hide. But it was finally her confused mannerisms and inability to maintain at conversation at the Christmas gathering when you realized that your very independent mother needed help that you couldn't provide.

Nursing home abuse goes digital

Thanks in no small part to the popularity of social media (including Facebook and Twitter, as well as apps like Snapchat), those perpetrating abuse against the elderly and vulnerable in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, memory care residences and assisted living facilities are finding a new audience - and a new way of getting caught. There have been a spate of reports from across the country (some of them in Illinois) of workers trusted to care for the elderly, ill and incapacitated in facilities abusing that trust and documenting the abuses in photos or video that is then posted to social media networks.

7 warning signs of nursing home abuse

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging (AoA), hundreds of thousands of elders in the U.S. suffer from abuse and neglect every year. No shortage of elderly nursing home residents in Alton, Edwardsville and throughout Southern Illinois are among the victims of this widespread epidemic.

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.

“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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