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Illinois nursing homes earn F rating in national survey

Nursing homes in Illinois ranked among the worst in the nation in a comprehensive review conducted by a nonprofit elder advocacy group. The review examined federal data from 2012 on issues of staffing, inspections, deficiencies and complaints.

Families who have to rely on nursing homes and other care facilities that it can be a stressful experience when your loved one is not getting proper care. It is even more difficult to discover that they have been neglected or abused. When that happens, it is important that families know their rights and what they can do ensure the safety of their loved one in the future.

Unfortunately as many Chicago families know, falls at nursing homes and other similar injuries are all too common. In order to avoid these types of injuries, there must be a vetting process available to families and individuals who are looking for a nursing home. One sign that a nursing home will provide good care is the staff - a large staff of experienced nurses is ideal.

Nursing homes who do not treat residents properly should also be held accountable for their actions. One way to do this is by pursuing a civil suit against the nursing home to seek compensation for the harm. This can help cover medical costs for the person who was injured and can also act as a deterrent to the nursing home providing substandard care in the future.

These issues will begin to impact more and more people in Illinois. In the United States overall, the number of people living in nursing homes is expected to increase by 40 percent over the course of the next ten years.

Source: CBS, "Eleven states get failing grades for nursing home care," Manuel Bojorquez, Aug. 9, 2013. 

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