News Channel 20 had an article detailing the problem in Illinois nursing homes but it applies to most other states too. The most recent audit by the Inspector General’s Office of Health and Human Services says Illinois has the highest number of nursing home neglect incidents in the U.S. Unfortunately, at least 40 percent of these incidents go unreported to local authorities.
With 1.4 million seniors living in nursing homes nationwide, anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home understands how important it is for them to be well taken care of. Changes in their personalities or demeanors, weight loss, dehydration, and pressure ulcers indicate there is a problem. Stay in contact with the staff if you have concerns or worries, and make sure they address them right away. Be vigilant.