Bedsores are a common sign of nursing home neglect and family members should take quick action once their presence is discovered. They occur when there is unrelieved pressure on the skin and can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening infections.
Many American seniors assert that they want to stay in their homes as they age, but aging in place may not be an option for millions of elderly adults due to a shortage of home health care services and funding.
Illinois does not currently enforce state dignity laws which make it possible for terminally ill patients to end suffering through assisted suicide. In recent years, many states have adopted “dignity laws” which refer to death with dignity or assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of nursing home fatalities. Many deaths have been blamed on neglect and lack of proper care caused by understaffing and overwhelmed staff and caretakers.
The use of bed rails in nursing homes has led to severe injuries and death. Bed rails are used to increase independence and keep elderly patients from falling out of bed. However, unsafe bed rails can lead to falls, entrapment, asphyxiation, and death.
Illinois nursing homes were especially hard-hit during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and a new outbreak has been ongoing during the fall. While the government has taken proactive measures to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, cases have quadrupled since the beginning of June.