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Nursing home deaths often kept secret


As people in Illinois age, it can be difficult for them to meet their day-to-day needs. While some people can rely on family members to fulfill these needs, others need to rely on the help of skilled nursing facilities. When people place a loved one in a nursing home, they expect that the facility will use the upmost care to take care of their loved one. However, this is not always the case. Individuals can suffer a variety of abuse while in a nursing home.

While this abuse can be physical in nature, it can also be emotional. According to some, one form of emotional abuse that can occur in the nursing home is the failure to inform patients when a friend has passed away. Sources claim that when some nursing home residents pass away, the facility fails to tell people what happened. Therefore, other residents are left wondering what happened to their roommate, acquaintance or friend. If people ask about their loved one, they are told that it is private information.

In some cases, people may never really know what happened to their friends. This can cause great stress among the residents. Not only are they worried about their friends and grieving alone, they also worry about what will happen once they pass away themselves. Nursing home facilities can help to avoid these emotional issues by being more upfront with residents when individuals pass away.

There are variety of harms that nursing home residents may face on a day-to-day basis. No one should have to put up with Chicago nursing home neglect or abuse. When this abuse occurs and results in a nursing home resident's death, the family should understand that they have legal rights. A wrongful death lawsuit can help to compensate the family for their loss and for the negligence of the nursing home facility. For more information about wrongful death and nursing home abuse, individuals in Illinois should speak with an attorney.

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