Peoria, IL Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
Peoria County, located in central Illinois, is home to over 186,000 residents, of whom more than 15 percent are senior citizens. The booming elderly population in the Peoria community has created a rising demand for more nursing home beds than often are available. For many families, nursing homes can seem like a godsend when their aging loved ones no longer have the capacity to care for themselves. Sadly, many families discover that they cannot always be relied upon to properly care for their residents. The Peoria, Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have seen serious problems at many facilities within Peoria County and throughout Illinois.
Neglect and abuse in nursing homes usually happen when understaffed facilities are unable to keep up with the growing demand for care. Despite laws in place to protect elderly patients, nursing home operators often put profits ahead of the comfort and safety of their residents and hire poorly trained and low-paid staff.
If your loved one was mistreated, injured, or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in a Peoria nursing home, we urge you to contact our Peoria nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today. Schedule a free case evaluation and let us discuss your legal options for safeguarding the rights of your loved one and obtaining monetary recovery.More Than Half of Peoria Nursing Homes Provide Inferior Care
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) annually inspects every Medicare-certified nursing facility in the U.S. for compliance with federal regulations governing safety, health, nutrition, and patients’ rights. CMS publishes its findings on its Nursing Home Compare webpage. Based on its investigations, the agency rated 13 of Peoria’s 25 nursing homes “below average” or “much below average” in the overall quality of care provided to residents.Lowest-Rated Peoria Nursing Homes
The nursing facilities listed below, all within a 25-mile radius of Peoria’s city center, were ranked “much below average” by CMS in the quality of care they provide. The deficiencies noted by inspectors reflect the same general issues found in nursing homes nationwide and are mostly related to understaffing.
Rosewood Care Center of East Peoria
900 Centennial Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
86-bed, for-profit facility
Aperion Care Peoria Heights
1629 Gardner Lane
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
110-bed, for-profit facility
Rosewood Care Center of Peoria
1500 West Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614
94-bed, for-profit facility
Timbercreek Rehab & Healthcare Center
2220 State Street
Pekin, IL 61554
203-bed, for-profit facility
Aperion Care Morton Villa
190 East Queenwood Road
Morton, IL 61550
106-bed, for-profit facility
1520 El Camino Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
130-bed, nonprofit facility
1200 East Partridge
Metamora, IL 61548
104-bed, nonprofit facility
Loft Rehabilitation & Nursing
700 North Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530
92-bed, for-profit facility
Each of these facilities was found to have one or more of the following deficiencies in safety and care:
- A much higher than average number of health citations
- A higher percentage of residents who developed pressure sores than the national and Illinois averages
- Failure to provide proper pressure sore care and prevention for some residents
- Failure to properly assist some residents with activities of daily living including personal grooming and hygiene
- Failure to provide adequate supervision of residents or maintain an environment free of accident hazards to minimize the risk of falls
- Failure to use proper infection prevention measures when caring for some patients including urinary catheter care
- Unsanitary food storage and preparation practices
- Inadequate pest control procedures
- Overuse of psychotropic medications on some patients
- Failure to accurately assess residents’ needs and follow individual care plans
- Failure to adequately assess and document use of bedrails for some residents
- One case of possible employee misappropriation of a resident’s personal funds
- One case of inadequate heating in residents’ rooms
If you discover or suspect that your loved one has been abused, neglected, or mistreated in a Peoria County nursing facility, there are specific steps you should take as their advocate to stop the harm and protect their rights.
- Ensure they receive immediate medical attention from a doctor or hospital not affiliated with the nursing home in any way. A responsible medical professional can provide options to protect the health of your loved one and prevent their condition from worsening. By receiving immediate medical attention, your loved one can have their injuries documented for future care and as evidence when seeking legal remedies.
- Gather evidence of your suspicions. Consider taking photographs of your loved one’s condition and the condition of their room. Collect contact information from any individual witnessing the mistreatment, abuse, or neglect of your loved one.
- File a report with the details of the abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of your loved one with the Illinois Department of Public Health. If you suspect a crime was committed, it is imperative that you immediately contact law enforcement.
- Consider relocating your loved one. Moving your loved one to a facility that provides a higher level of care can help protect their safety and wellbeing.
- Hire an attorney. A law firm that specializes in nursing home injury cases can fully investigate the abuse, mistreatment, or neglect of your loved one. An aggressive nursing home abuse attorney can ensure that every individual responsible for harming your loved one is held legally and financially accountable.
Our Peoria County elder abuse attorneys recognize that every nursing home resident has the right to be treated with respect, dignity, and consideration. In addition, every resident has the right to remain fully informed and an active participant in the care they receive. Unfortunately, not all nursing home residents are afforded these rights.
If your loved one has suffered from abuse, neglect or mistreatment, you will need the assistance of an experienced and reputable Illinois nursing home lawyer with a successful track record. Our Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center are available to provide the legal help you need to stop the harm now. Our team of dedicated, seasoned attorneys has years of experience in providing legal representation in cases involving negligence occurring in nursing facilities throughout Peoria County.
We urge you to contact our Peoria nursing home abuse law firm today to speak with one of our skilled attorneys for a free, no obligation case review. All cases are handled through a contingency agreement, so no upfront fee is required. All information you provide remains confidential.Damages Paid in Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Cases
Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers 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
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community SurveyNursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources
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