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Aurora Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
National statistics show that elderly people residing in nursing care facilities are at risk of becoming victims of potential harm or injury at the hands of caregivers or other residents. Any time abuse, neglect, or mistreatment takes place in a nursing home, families who trusted the care of their aging parents to these facilities feel justifiably angry because that trust was violated.
Our Aurora nursing home injury lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center LLC know that nursing home abuse is a pervasive but mostly hidden problem in Illinois and the nation at large, when vulnerable seniors become the victims of physical assault, financial exploitation, mistreatment, or harm caused by negligence.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, women tend to experience disproportionately more elder abuse and neglect than males and often suffer significantly more psychological and physical damage from even a minor incident. In addition, individuals who are socially isolated, needing a high level of assistance with routine activities of daily living, or who have disabilities tend to be at greater risk for abuse.
If your loved one was mistreated, injured, or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in an Aurora nursing home, let our Illinois nursing home injury law firm protect the rights of your family. Contact the Aurora nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today to schedule a free case consultation to discuss filing a claim for compensation.41 Percent of Aurora Nursing Homes Found to Provide Subpar Care
Located on the outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area and the second-largest city in Illinois, Aurora has more than 200,000 residents, of whom nearly 17,000 (about 8 percent) are over the age of 65. The elderly population has risen significantly over the last decade as a result of demographic trends and the fact that people are living longer. This has placed a strain on the Aurora area residential nursing facilities that are responsible for providing 24-hour care to seniors.
Our Aurora nursing home negligence attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have seen an increase in civil cases involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities for the aged throughout Illinois.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regularly inspects and publishes data on every nursing facility in the U.S. certified by CMS, including 71 nursing homes in and around Aurora, Illinois. Based on its investigations, the agency rated 41 percent (29) of those facilities “below average” or “much below average” in the overall quality of care provided to residents.Rating Aurora Area Nursing Homes
The Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare webpage explains the annual nursing home inspection process:
“Approximately once a year, state inspectors conduct full (standard) inspections of nursing homes for compliance with the federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Throughout a year, a nursing home may also be inspected based on a complaint submitted by a resident (or other individual), or based on a facility’s self-reported incident. When inspectors find noncompliance, the facility receives a citation. Nursing homes are then required to implement a plan to correct the noncompliance.”Overall Ratings of 71 Aurora Area Nursing Homes
- 5 stars out of 5 (Much above average): 14
- 4 stars out of 5 (Above average): 11
- 3 stars out of 5 (Average): 17
- 2 stars out of 5 (Below average): 16
- 1 star out of 5 (Much below average): 13
The nursing facilities described below, all in or within a 25-mile radius of Aurora, Illinois, were ranked “much below average” by CMS in the standard of care they provide to residents.
Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center
1017 West Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
68-bed, for-profit, Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
CMS investigators found substantial deficiencies in overall quality of care, staffing levels, and health care at this facility. Elmwood Terrace received 27 health citations on its most recent inspections, which is more than twice the Illinois average and three times the national average. CMS noted its failure to ensure residents were free from abuse, neglect or exploitation, in addition to deficiencies in nutrition, pharmaceutical administration, and environmental safety.
Other findings by CMS inspectors concluded that Elmwood Terrace:
- Failed to properly assist residents with activities of daily living including feeding and personal hygiene
- Failed to provide adequate supervision of residents, resulting in falls
- Failed to maintain an environment free of accident hazards, resulting in falls or risk of falls
- Had a percentage of residents with pressure sores that was over 50 percent higher than the national and Illinois averages
- Had more residents who were physically restrained than the national and Illinois averages
- Had 64.9 percent of residents who exhibited symptoms of depression, more than three times the Illinois average and 14 times the national average
- Received 14 fire safety citations, more than four times the national average
Symphony of Orchard Valley
2330 West Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
203-bed, for-profit Medicare/Medicaid participating facility
Legal business name: Symphony Countryside
The Symphony of Orchard Valley home got poor marks from CMS inspectors for health care and staffing. It was found to have deficiencies in assisting residents with activities of daily living and personal hygiene, including toileting and pressure sore prevention and care, which were mostly attributed to a serious nursing staff shortage.
Other findings by CMS:
- Failed to ensure adequate supervision of some residents, resulting in risk for falls
- Failed to maintain a safe environment free of accident hazards
- Failed to use proper infection prevention measures when caring for some patients
- Overused psychotropic medications on some patients
- Failed to ensure residents are free from significant medication errors
- Had deficiencies with meeting residents’ nutrition and dietary needs
720 Raymond Drive
Naperville, IL 60563
245-bed, for-profit facility
Legal business name: Butterfield Health Care
CMS rated the health care and overall quality of care provided by this facility as below or much below average. Meadowbrook had a much higher percentage of patients who developed pressure ulcers than the state and national averages, more residents who reported moderate to severe pain, and more who demonstrated symptoms of depression.
- Failed to provide proper wound care and other treatment for all residents
- Failed to provide proper pressure sore care and prevention for all residents
- Failed to adequately reduce the chance of medication errors
- Failed to provide proper infection prevention and control for all residents
Tower Hill Healthcare Center
759 Kane Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
206-bed, for-profit facility
In the most recent CMS inspections, Tower Hill received health citations that were more than double the national average and more than 50 percent higher than the state average. It also had a below average staffing rating.
- Provided defective or inadequate beds for some patients’ needs
- Failed to provide proper assistance with the activities of daily living, including feeding and personal grooming
- Failed to provide appropriate catheter care to prevent urinary tract infections
- Failed to ensure that all residents are free from significant medication errors
- Failed to meet the nutritional needs of residents, in particular failing to serve adequate amounts of “quality” meat protein
If you suspect your loved one is being harmed, abused, mistreated, or neglected while residing in an Aurora nursing home or any nursing facility in Illinois, you should take immediate action. Report your concerns to the nursing home’s administrator, director of nursing, the Illinois Department of Public Health and/or an Illinois nursing home injury attorney. Having a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases on your side can help ensure that every available legal option is explored and can minimize the potential harm to your loved one now and in the future.Affordable Assistance for Nursing Home Patients and Their Families in Aurora
The Aurora nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have represented many victims of nursing home negligence in Illinois. Our team of dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys provides legal representation in cases involving neglect and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Kane County, Cook County, and the Chicago metropolitan area.
We urge you to contact our Aurora nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (800) 926-7565. You can schedule an appointment to speak with one of our skilled attorneys for a free case review. We handle all cases through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we obtain an award for you in court or negotiate an out-of-court settlement on your behalf.Damages Paid in Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Cases
Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have compiled data from reported settlements and jury verdicts from across Illinois to give you an idea of what your case may be worth in a civil law context. We have broken down these cases according to case type and patient injury.
Learn more about these Illinois nursing home lawsuit settlements below:
- Medical Error Settlements
- Inadequate Care Settlements
- Bed Sore Settlements
- Fall Settlements
- Nursing Home Abuse Settlements
For more information on any of the nursing homes listed on this page or other Aurora area nursing homes: Nursing Home Compare
To report suspected nursing home abuse: Illinois Department of Public Health
IDPH quarterly reports of Illinois nursing home violationsNursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources
If you are looking for information on a specific facility or an attorney, please see links below to respective locality pages.