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The Chronic Problems Related to Understaffed Nursing Homes Deliberate understaffing is a common practice in nursing homes across the U.S., and especially here in Illinois, where nearly 70% of all long-term care networks are for-profit owned. When facilities are privately owned and operated, owners become more concerned about profits than having the right amount of staff available to provide quality patient care. According to a 2018-2019 report prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services, an incredible 90% of U.S. facilities are understaffed. The findings were documented by evidence through payroll records that showed nursing homes were underreporting staffing…
Analysis of COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths in 17 Countries The Canadian Institute for Health Information performed an analysis using data collected (report as of May 25, 2020) from 17 countries to show the similarities and differences between coronavirus pandemic experiences related to long-term care. The review focused on three specific areas of comparison: COVID-19 outcomes in LTC (cases and deaths) Continue reading ›
Nursing Homes Should Identify Signs of Heat Stroke in Residents Before It’s Too Late Elderly nursing home residents, without the appropriate indoor cooling areas, can negatively react to high-temperature exposures and become especially at risk for heat stroke or heat stress injuries. Heat stroke is a serious condition that can cause seizures, fluid retention, brain damage, dehydration, cardiac-related events, and even death. When a nursing home is not prepared to manage residents in the heat, residents will suffer. To identify any heat-related illness, nursing home staff should watch out for: Continue reading ›
Are Nursing Homes Still Short on the Supplies Needed to Fight Coronavirus? COVID-19 cases are expected to continue climbing across the U.S. as more than 25,000 nursing home residents and 400 staff have died since the pandemic began. In the months to come, an increase in supplies are expected to be needed by health care workers, patients, and nursing home residents for their protection. But a troublesome report by Kaiser Health News (KHN) published in June 2020 shows that nearly 20% of the nation’s nursing homes still aren’t receiving the personal protection equipment (PPE) they need. An estimated…
FAQ: July 2020 COVID-19 Update for Illinois Nursing Home Families As of July 10th, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported 23,324 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,895 deaths among all Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities, not just outbreaks. These numbers reflect over half of all coronavirus cases tied to long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living centers. Because of the ill-preparedness and disastrous response to the pandemic by several nursing home owners and operators, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti have launched more than 100 investigations regarding gross negligence related to COVID-19 outbreaks in Illinois. And…
How To Read a Nursing Home Inspection Survey To Identify Abuse or Neglect All nursing home providers participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program must meet Federal reporting requirements as well as state laws as they relate to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Homes must also remain in substantial compliance to remain in operation and be evaluated for care standards through annual surveys and inspections. It is expected that any recorded violation will then be addressed promptly and residents will no longer be at risk from those noted deficiencies. Families can review a website…
Symphony at the Tillers of Oswego releases COVID-19 statistics showing 46 COVID infections and 9 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 12. 2020, Symphony at the Tillers of Oswego, located in Oswego, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 46 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Article Continue reading ›
Symphony of Morgan Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 194 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19. On June 5, 2020, Symphony of Morgan Park, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 194 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Reports: Continue reading ›
Cass County Reports Increased COVID-19 Risk Sparked by Outbreak at Unnamed Nursing Home COVID-19 continues to plague Illinois long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. And as Illinois approaches Phase 4 of its reopening measures, Cass County, located in central Illinois, is the only county reporting a significant increase in COVID-19 risks to residents. The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has been monitoring several indicators that measure the health burden of COVID-19 in each county. For the reporting period of June 14 through June 20, Cass County’s case rate was 191 per 100,000, well above the 50 per 100,000 preferred target.…
Uptown Health Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 122 COVID infections and 17 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 12, 2020, Uptown Health Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 122 infections and 17 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Drug Overuse Is Prevalent in Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer’s Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes given to patients living in long-term care facilities to calm behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s or memory and behavior illnesses. They are also overly prescribed to residents who may be marked unruly or disruptive. Care staff are known to seek out specific medications to make these patients easier to handle, or quiet them and make them sleepy. Doctors may rely heavily on the recommendation of nurses and other care staff when making these medication decisions. These drugs can be dangerous when used without a physician or…
Edwardsville Care Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 94 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 15, 2020, Edwardsville Care Center, located in Edwardsville, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 94 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Symphony at Midway releases COVID-19 statistics showing 213 COVID infections and 21 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 5, 2020, Symphony at Midway, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 213 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Articles Continue reading ›
Morgan County Battles First Coronavirus Outbreak at Aperion Care Jacksonville In west-central Illinois, a Morgan County long-term care facility is the first to be affected by a COVID-10 outbreak. Forty-eight confirmed cases and one death have been reported involving residents of Aperion Care Jacksonville located at 1021 North Church Street in Jacksonville, according to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) as of June 25, 2020. There have been 126 confirmed coronavirus cases in Morgan County, with nearly a third attributed to the outbreak at Aperion Care. Many of the positive cases were among residents and staff members. A closer look…
Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 60 COVID infections and 12 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 5, 2020, Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 60 infections and 12 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Articles Continue reading ›
As Illinois Nursing Homes Allow for Outdoor Visitors, Family Members Can Look Out for Signs of Distress COVID-19 is still spreading in Illinois with officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reporting 715 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, June 24, while deaths increased by 64. That brings the total cases in Illinois to 138,540, including 6,770 deaths, in 101 Illinois counties. Infections at long-term care facilities comprise nearly 16% of the state’s total cases, but nursing home residents who have died from the virus make up more than 55% of the state’s fatalities. IDPH has started to require…