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City View MultiCare Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 242 COVID infections and 10 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19. On May 15, 2020, City View MultiCare Center, located in Cicero, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statistics confirm that the 242 infections and 10 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Article Continue reading ›
A review of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) weekly report of COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities throughout the state shows two homes in Will County are experiencing an increasing number of novel coronavirus cases. Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook and Symphony of Joliet are the two facilities with the highest jump of cases and reported fatalities in the northeastern area of the state, according to the Will County Health Department and IDPH mapping (as of May 29, 2020). Click to enlarge Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook Continue reading ›
Bria of Forest Edge releases COVID-19 statistics showing 131 COVID infections and 1 death.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On May 15, 20202, Bria of Forest Edge: located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 131 infections and 1 death have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. On April 16, 2020, Chicago’s very own WGN 9 News reported on the COVID-19 outbreak at Bria of Forest Edge Nursing Home, describing a…
Public Health Officials Quickly Reverse New COVID-19 Reporting Method for Nursing Homes After Outcry from Families On Friday, May 22, officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) introduced a new COVID-19 reporting system in hopes to curb new COVID-19 outbreaks. But the new method was quickly dismissed after backlash was received from long-term care advocates and family members of residents who say they need more consistent information on facilities to decide whether it is safe for their loved ones. The new reporting system was only to involve data on long-term care facilities with at least one new…
10 Questions to Ask Your Loved One Quarantined in a Nursing Home Many family members remain profoundly concerned about how their loved ones are doing while being confined to their nursing homes, without regular visitors and routine inspections to keep up on safeguards to ensure their care is not failing. While this is not an easy time for anyone and distancing remains the most critical measure when dealing with nursing home residents, there may be small things you can do to ease any anxiety or identify the warning signs that something may not be right. The next time you…
Town of Cicero Sues City View Multicare Center for Lack of Coronavirus-Related Infection Control Measures On May 1, the Town of Cicero filed a scathing complaint against City View Multicare Center, LLC, the State of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Governor JB Pritzker, in his official capacity. The complaint came after Cicero officials and essential workers became aware of a “troubling uptick in illness at City View” along with concerning conditions at City View that started nearly two months prior to the pandemic. According to town reports, the complaint timeline for a series of dangerous coronavirus…
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 101 COVID infections and 9 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On May 15, 2020, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 101 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Understanding Why Nursing Homes Were Unprepared For The COVID Crisis As we know, nursing home residents are part of an extremely vulnerable population to infectious disease, coronavirus included. They reside in relatively tight living quarters and share communal spaces for exercising, visiting with family and friends, daily activities, and meals. Most are also elderly or sick and have underlying conditions that put them at higher risk for contracting an illness or respiratory disease such as COVID-19. Also, the majority of long-term care facilities have proven incredibly unprepared to prevent resident exposure to preventable illnesses and diseases due to understaffing and…
Some Nursing Homes Are Taking Residents’ Stimulus Checks The IRS began making stimulus payments on April 15, 2020. And for nursing home or assisted living facility residents on Medicaid, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had to raise the alarm after several facilities have requested residents to sign checks over to keep their Medicaid benefits going. These facilities have no right to claim residents’ stimulus checks. FTC’s Elder Justice Coordinator Lois Greisman says that facilities cannot request or take the funds, which are considered tax credits per the CARES Act. Those tax credits don’t count as “resources” for federal benefit…
Glenview Terrace Continues Jump in COVID-19 Deaths of Residents About a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Illinois have now been linked to long-term care facilities, and to make matters worse, cases are also doubling, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). A rehabilitation facility in Glenview is the latest to report more than two dozen COVID-19 deaths. Glenview Terrace is a 314-bed facility, located at 1511 Greenwood Road in Cook County. It has now reached 75 outbreak cases of the novel coronavirus and 25 deaths. Glenview’s Administrator Allen Hollander told the Chicago Tribune that the people who died…
Coronavirus Cases Consume Bria of Geneva Nursing Home Marking One of Largest Outbreaks in Illinois Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Bria of Geneva nursing home is swiftly picking up cases of COVID-19. So far, two dozen residents are dead, and the novel coronavirus has infected at least 75 in just a few short weeks. Bria of Geneva only has 91 residents and the first resident tested positive on April 17. Thirty-seven of the Kane County home’s 120 workers have also tested positive for the virus. Like many Illinois nursing homes, up until a few weeks ago, administrators were…
Learn How You Can Help Nursing Homes During The Coronavirus Pandemic According to John Hopkins University School of Medicine, recent estimates show nursing home residents make up less than one-half of one percent of the U.S. population but represent approximately 15 percent of COVID-19 related deaths to date. Many of these patients are frail and vulnerable, have multiple chronic conditions, and are under the care of health workers who face complex challenges. Those challenges may include: Continue reading ›
Each week, it’s expected that an increasingly high number of U.S. nursing homes will have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and subsequent outbreaks among residents and staff. In Joliet, Illinois, the view is also looking grim. On April 23, Steven Levin, a partner and attorney at Levin & Perconti, spoke with The Times Weekly about the alarming issues arising at Symphony of Joliet. The newspaper is reporting that the facility has more confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus than any other long-term care facility in Will County. Levin & Perconti has a history of helping families file lawsuits against Symphony facilities…
Finding Out If Someone Is Stealing Your Loved One’s Money The Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans has reported nearly $1.7 billion worth of suspicious activities, including actual losses and attempts to steal older adults’ funds. Unfortunately, the elderly, especially nursing home residents, are easy victims of financial abuse. And officials say these occurrences likely only represent a small fraction of elder financial abuse incidences. Family members or someone the victim may know, such as a long-term care facility worker, are too often the guilty party in these cases. Financial losses are almost always more significant when the older…
As of Friday, May 1, nursing home workers at 64 Illinois facilities have said they will strike on May 8 due to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), safety training, testing, emergency benefits, hazard pay, and paid time off for coronavirus-related illnesses. The workers are represented by SEIU Healthcare, a growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest. According to the most recent news release by SEIU, “Family members, faith leaders and community supporters will call upon nursing home owners to promptly settle a fair contract with the provisions needed to safeguard…
The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has made a map of the state’s long-term care facilities in Illinois with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff public. The numbers are provisional, and the list is updated weekly to show lab-confirmed cases and cases meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) outbreak case definition. While facility administrators have been instructed to restrict visits, cancel group activities, shut down dining rooms and screen residents and staff for fevers and respiratory disease symptoms, we encourage family members of residents who reside in an Illinois long-term care facility to visit this map…