Chicago, IL Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Chicago IL Nursing Home Ratings GraphWhen we make the difficult decision to place an aging family member in a Chicago nursing home, we expect that the medical staff is going to properly care for them and meet their needs. Tragically, neglect and outright abuse of residents have become all too common in nursing homes throughout Chicago and nationwide.

While state and federal regulations are in place to protect vulnerable elders, our Chicago, Illinois, nursing home injury attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have seen a significant increase in cases involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of patients in nursing homes in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois.

With the aging of the population, more and more seniors will be entering Chicago area nursing homes over the next several decades. These facilities are often understaffed and/or staffed with untrained and low-paid workers. This will likely only increase the risk for abuse and neglect as nursing facilities struggle to keep up with the growing demand.

As much as we would like to think that the nursing home industry is motivated by caring for the aged, the chief driver for many of the large companies behind these facilities is money. When profit matters most, quality of patient care takes a backseat. Nursing home operators will hire less medically qualified staff and cut corners to save money.

If your loved one was injured or died as a result of negligence at a Chicago nursing home, contact the Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center today for a free review of your case to discuss your legal options for compensation. 

More than One-Third of Chicago Nursing Homes Provide Substandard Care

Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States and the most populous city in Illinois. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2.7 million people reside within the Chicago city limits, and almost 10 million live in the greater metropolitan area. About 317,500 of city residents are over the age of 65. The aging population has placed demands on facilities responsible for providing residential nursing care to the elderly in and around Chicago.

While Illinois endeavors to protect nursing home patients through the state Nursing Home Care Act and other laws, nursing home abuse and neglect are still pervasive problems in the state, reflecting national trends. 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 186 nursing homes within a 25-mile radius of Chicago. Based on its investigations, the agency rated 78 (42 percent) of those facilities “below average” or “much below average” in the general quality of care provided to patients.

Rating Chicago Nursing Homes

State inspectors conduct annual surveys of CMS-certified nursing homes across the country for compliance with federal regulations governing safety, health, nutrition, and patients’ rights. Facilities that are found deficient receive a citation and are required to correct the noncompliance. Findings are published on the Medicare.gov “Nursing Home Compare” webpage.

Below we have broken down the rankings for all the facilities in the Chicago area, and highlighted the primary issues with some of the worst nursing homes.

Overall ratings of 186 Chicago area nursing homes
  • 5 stars out of 5 (Much above average): 47
  • 4 stars out of 5 (Above average): 31
  • 3 stars out of 5 (Average): 30
  • 2 stars out of 5 (Below average): 32
  • 1 star out of 5 (Much below average): 46
Lowest-Rated Chicago Nursing Homes

The nursing facilities listed below, all in or around Chicago, Illinois, were ranked “much below average” by CMS in the standard of care they provide to residents. The deficiencies in care recorded by investigators reflect the same general issues currently affecting nursing homes nationwide and are usually tied to understaffing.

Community Care Center
4314 South Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

  • Failed to properly guard against medication errors
  • Overmedicated some patients
  • Poorly maintained patient rooms
  • Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
  • Higher than average number of residents with symptoms of depression

Beacon Health Center
4538 North Beacon
Chicago, IL 60640

  • Higher than average number of patients who developed pressure sores
  • Higher than average number of residents with symptoms of depression
  • Higher percentage of residents whose ability to move independently worsened after admittance

Uptown Health Center
4920 North Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

  • Overmedicated some patients
  • Failed to properly assist residents with personal hygiene and activities of daily living
  • Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
  • Failed to maintain environment free of accident hazards
  • Improper infection prevention measures
  • Cockroach infestation

Park View Rehab Center
5888 North Ridge 
Chicago, IL 60660

  • Higher than average number of patients who developed pressure sores
  • Overmedicated some patients
  • Failed to provide safe, clean living environment free of clutter
  • Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
  • Many flies and gnats observed in kitchen, dining area, and patients’ rooms
  • Higher than average number of patients exhibiting signs of depression

Oak Park Oasis
625 North Harlem 
Oak Park, IL 60302

  • Failed to adequately monitor a resident at risk for abusing other residents
  • Failed to properly document controlled substances administered to patients
  • Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
  • Higher than average number of patients exhibiting signs of depression

Briar Place Nursing
6800 West Joliet
Indian Head Park, IL 60525

  • Overmedicated some patients
  • Failed to protect some residents from abuse by staff and other residents
  • Failed to maintain an environment free of accident hazards
  • Failed to ensure adequate supervision of patients
  • Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fight for Nursing Home Residents in Chicago, IL

Physical or emotional abuse of the elderly must not be ignored. These issues matter, not only because they affect our elders, but because eventually we are going to need these services ourselves. If you do not take action against Chicago nursing home abuse, who will?

Our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center fight for the rights of nursing home residents suffering injury or death through the negligent actions of staff and others. We have a comprehensive understanding of the state laws and regulations that were created to protect nursing home residents from harm. We have access to ample resources to ensure the injured party and their family can obtain justice and hold responsible parties financially accountable for their injuries.

If you suspect abuse in a Chicago area nursing home, we urge you to contact our Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys for a free consultation. Our legal team has helped hundreds of families recover compensation from negligent facilities throughout the Chicagoland area and Illinois. Let us put our expertise to work for you and your family.

Resources

U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey

For more information on any of the nursing homes listed on this page or other Champaign area nursing homes: Nursing Home Compare

To report suspected nursing home abuse: Illinois Department of Public Health

IDPH quarterly reports of Illinois nursing home violations

Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources

For information on bed sores and nursing home negligence in other Illinois cities, please review the pages below:

  • Aurora Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Bloomington Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Cicero Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Champaign Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Joliet Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Moline Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Naperville Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Orland Park Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Peoria Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Rockford Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Schaumburg Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Springfield Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Urbana Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Waukegan Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
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