Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois: A Cause for Alarm

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over a million individuals live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities all over America. A huge portion of this population includes elderly adults that are vulnerable to different types of abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around one in every three nursing homes has received citations for some sort of violation against set federal standards for long-term care facilities and other similar institutions. Even more alarmingly, reports show that almost one out of every ten nursing homes received their citations for violations that were found to have caused particular danger for its residents.

The situation for nursing home residents in Illinois is becoming even more alarming due to recent developments in legislature. As reported by U.S. News and The State Journal-Register, earlier this year, lawmakers have introduced House Bill 5601, which would ban anonymous complaints regarding abuse or neglect in Illinois nursing homes. The bill hopes to discourage individuals from making false reports, but it also has the potential to discourage actual elderly victims from speaking out due to shame and fear of retribution from their abusers.

In such a climate, raising awareness about the abuses that continue to take place in nursing homes proves to be especially important. The on-going cases of neglect, physical abuse, financial exploitation, among other devastating scenarios, can no longer be ignored. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg note the importance of pursuing these cases of abuse to help protect current and future victims alike.

Of course, protecting elderly residents from nursing home abuse will be an uphill battle. However, families who suspect that their loved ones are being hurt in the hands of their caregivers shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and pursue justice. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, do not hesitate to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

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Treatments for Memory Loss

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Elder Issues, Memory Loss | 0 comments

Memory loss is a frightening reality plaguing many senior citizens and there is currently no cure for reversing the process once it’s started. It can be hard to cope with the fact that your loved one could forget things and people that are important to them once they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Being forgetful could eventually lead to your loved one being put in an unnecessarily dangerous situation. If you are consistently worried about your loved one’s safety due to deteriorating memory, it may be time to begin treatment and/or therapy to help curtail the effects of memory loss.

This is a common problem for many Americans with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. According to SeniorAdvice.com, Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5 million people in the United States, including approximately one in nine individuals over the age of 65. No treatment plan is one hundred percent perfect for each individual case. An evaluation by a medical professional can provide direction for which treatment path would be best to take. Doctor’s will take into account a patient’s age, overall health, the amount of memory loss that has already taken place, and their lifestyle.

The first form of treatment is medication. There are a handful of prescriptions that help combat memory loss, but they are only effective in some cases and work best if administered in the first 6-12 months of memory loss. If given in the correct time frame, these prescriptions are proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The other form of treatment available for memory loss is therapy. Music and art therapy are common forms of treatment that seek to engage the patient’s mind. It is unknown how much these treatments really help, but it definitely works to combat feelings of stagnation and depression. As the medical community continually works toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, patients turn to medication and therapy to treat their memory loss.

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