Chicago Aperion Care Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys

It is never an easy decision when you realize that the time has come to entrust a loved one’s care to a nursing home. Our loved ones’ “golden years” should be just that, golden. So, we do our homework and use our best judgment to find a caring and compassionate facility that will take care of our family members as we would.

Unfortunately, no matter how much we prepare, we can never account for everything, and not all nursing homes take their responsibilities seriously. A revolving door of caregivers can mean you may never truly know the person responsible for your family member’s everyday wellbeing. Nursing homes such as Aperion Care can boast tree-lined streets in a thriving neighborhood, but you need to be comfortable about what is going on behind closed doors.

At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we truly care about the health and wellbeing of your precious loved ones. If you suspect that there could be a chance that your loved one is being abused in any way, we ask that you don’t hesitate to call our office and talk with one of our skilled attorneys.

We have the resources available to thoroughly investigate your claims and get to the bottom of what triggered your reaction. Whether it is physical, mental, or even financial abuse, we want to ensure that you and your family are protected. Call us at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation to review your concerns.

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

The Nursing Home Abuse Center characterizes the term “nursing home abuse” as any type of action or behavior that hurts an elderly resident in either a nursing home or long-term care facility. The definition is broad because nursing home abuse can take so many different forms. We may think of abuse strictly as physical. Physical abuse is one of the easiest to identify when we begin to notice patterns of cuts, bruises, broken bones, and unexplained injuries.

However, residents can also be abused mentally or emotionally, sexually, financially, and they can even be neglected to the point where it falls under the umbrella of abuse. Statistics compiled by the Nursing Home Abuse Center suggest that nearly 1 out of 3 nursing homes in the United States have been cited for some form of abuse.

Why Does Abuse Occur?

There is a huge variety of factors that come into play when we talk about why nursing home abuse occurs at all. It seems hard to fathom the fact that anyone would want to intentionally cause harm to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Many of the reasons abuse takes place in nursing home facilities stem from the employees that nursing homes hire and the corporation who oversees running the facility itself.

Here are a few of the more common reasons that nursing home abuse takes place:

  • Understaffing – If a nursing home is understaffed, it places a heavy burden on employees in charge of caring for the elderly residents. They may be negligent in their duties, neglect patients, or fail to properly care for residents. They may also rush through their duties, not paying attention to the health or wellbeing of the people they look after.
  • Poor Hiring Practices – Some nursing homes may seek to resolve staffing issues by quickly hiring staff who are not qualified for the position. A facility may even be lax when it comes to following through with proper background checks and vetting processes. Hiring the wrong people can spell disaster and lead to abusive personalities taking care of vulnerable residents. This negligent behavior on the part of the facility can have major repercussions.
  • Lack of Supervision – A facility which has no safeguards in place to properly oversee employees and supervise care can find themselves in trouble with allegations of abuse. All staff members need the proper level of supervision to ensure duties are performed correctly and safely.
  • Poor Pay or Greed – Financial abuse can occur when staff is poorly compensated or just plain greedy. Caregivers may scam residents, steal personal property, engage in identity theft, or even coerce and threaten patients into giving them money. Exploiting the elderly for money is a form of abuse.
  • Corporate Structure – Nursing homes are typically established as for-profits businesses. As such, there may be instances where corporate greed and the need to turn a profit comes at the expense of residents’ health and safety.

Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse

The signs of nursing home abuse may not always be obvious. Some signs are subtle and hard to detect, especially if a caregiver is trying to cover their tracks. It is important to stay vigilant, ask questions, and trust your instincts. No one knows your loved one better than you. If you feel like something is wrong, you need to dig deeper, and if you need help, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can provide it. If you suspect some type of abuse is happening to a loved one, be on the lookout for some of these more common signs of abuse:

Physical Injuries:

  • Repeated falls
  • Cuts, bruises, or broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Burns
  • Unexplained marks

Emotional or Personality Changes

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sudden withdrawal from activities
  • Change in sleep or eating patterns, eating more or sleeping less for example
  • Refusal to cooperate with staff members or complaining about certain staff
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Distancing themselves from others, even family
  • Isolation
  • Verbal or behavioral outbursts

Other Warning Signs:

  • Sudden change in weight or appearance
  • Poor hygiene
  • Linens or bandages that go unchanged
  • Frequent illnesses or infections
  • Change in a finance
  • Missing possessions or heirlooms
  • Malnourishment and dehydration

Any one of these signs can signal abuse, and Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you thoroughly investigate your concerns to determine if abuse or neglect is occurring.

Can Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Help Me and My Family?

At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we pride ourselves on offering you and your loved ones compassionate and sensitive care during this strenuous time. We know you have a lot of questions and want to make sure that your family member is safe. Our legal team has the experience and resources to investigate your suspicions and look into allegations of nursing home abuse.

Your family deserves the best—don’t settle for less than they deserve. Call us at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation.