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        Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

        What Are Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Rights?

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        The following are some of the important rights are set forth by the Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45/)

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        12 Facts About Elder Abuse

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        Facts About Elder Abuse

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        Illinois Scores ‘F’, Ranks 42nd in Nursing Home Care

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        Illinois ranks near the bottom in nursing home quality of care, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.

        The group published the nation’s first-ever state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.  Illinois’s nursing home care was so bad that the state managed only one passing grade.  Illinois is one of two states with the nation’s lowest average of direct care staffing hours.

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        Furniture in Nursing Homes Must Be Appropriate to Residents’ Needs

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        Nursing home residents rely heavily on the furniture provided at a nursing facility.  Back pain, arthritis, decreased mobility, and unstable gait are common plights of aging citizens. Also, many members of the aging community find joy in displaying pictures of family members on shelves and looking at personal memorabilia on side tables.  The furniture in a nursing home must be provided in a way that meets the needs of a resident on an individualized basis.

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        Elder Care: Discussions About the Quality of Life in Nursing Homes Should Be Encouraged

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        Resident Rights: Discussing Quality of Life

        Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are required to respond to the opinions of resident or family groups. Nursing home administrator may not discourage any kind of group meetings among residents.   Doing so is a violation of residents’ rights.  If a group of residents would like to gather to discuss areas where its facility needs to improve, the nursing home is required, by law, to respond to these grievances.

        §483.15(c)(6) states that when a resident or family group exists, the facility must listen to the views and act upon the grievances and recommendations of residents and families concerning proposed policy and operational decisions affecting resident care and life in the facility. See F244 Quality of life: required facility responses to resident or family groups

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        Senior Care: Meditation Reduces Feelings of Loneliness in Seniors

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        Preventive Care in Elderly

        Benefits of Meditation

        Meditation has been proven to improve the mental and physical health of the aging community. Many elderly people spend their last years alone, so it is important to identify coping mechanisms for feelings of loneliness.  Researchers at UCLA have identified meditation as one of these strategies to cope.

        Researchers at UCLA found that the meditation reduced the expression of inflammatory genes, most notably the genes connected to loneliness. Loneliness is associated with an increase in the activity of inflammation-related genes that can promote a variety of diseases. The research indicated that a simple meditation program lasting just eight weeks reduced loneliness in older adults.[1]

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        Long-term Care: Nursing Homes Must Meet Individualized Needs

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        Elder Care Services

        Physical therapy, occupational therapy and mental health rehabilitative services for mental illness and mental retardation are examples of specialized rehabilitative services.  If specialized rehabilitative are required in the resident’s comprehensive plan of care, the nursing home must provide the required services or obtain the required services from an outside resource from a provider of specialized rehabilitative services. See 42 C.F.R. §483.45, Specialized Rehabilitative Services.

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        Eleven States Get Failing Grades for Nursing Home Case

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        Illinois Nursing Home Neglect

        Illinois ranked near the bottom for nursing home care quality, in fact it is so bad that they managed to only have one passing grade. Brian Lee, the executive group director of Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group, stated, “Illinois represents what’s terribly wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America. State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.” According to the report card, 96% of Illinois’s nursing homes were cited with one or more deficiencies.

        Nursing Home Neglect: Resident Endured Leg Amputation

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        Chicago Bed Sores Lawyer

        Infection Leads to Leg Amputation

        Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates nursing home department negotiated a favorable settlement for a client whose brief stay in a nursing home resulted in a tragic leg amputation.  The client contracted bacteria in his left foot while staying in the rehabilitation department of the facility.

        Nurses and CNAs responsible for our client failed to perform thorough skin and body assessments.  As a result, the bacterial infection spread up his foot and into portions of his leg.  The infection was severe and life-threatening.   In order to survive, the client had to have his leg amputated.  Had the nursing home staff caught the injury before it progressed, the client may not have had to endure the life-changing surgery.  The staff members responsible for the health and well-being of our client were the direct cause of his injury.

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        Elder Care: Study Reveals Correlation Between Later Retirement and Lowered Risk of Alzheimer’s

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        Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care

        Prevention: Later Retirement

        Seniors who retire later in life may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. A study has linked later retirement to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  This is compelling news to the aging community, many of whom will experience the disease in the coming years.

        Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Roughly 5.2 million Americans currently live with the disease, with 5 million over the age of 65 diagnosed and 200,000 suffering from a early-onset form of the disease.1   Researchers predict the number to reach 16 million by the middle of the century. [2]

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