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Elder Abuse in America is a Growing Problem

Elder abuse in America is a growing problem; it’s currently estimated that 1-2 million elderly people have been abused, injured, or exploited by their caregivers, in both nursing homes and private residences. For-profit nursing homes, which make up the majority of adult care facilities, are too often focused on making money at the expense of patient care. One particularly troubled nursing home, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently shut down by government officials for multiple, serious violations.

The Woodland View Care and Rehabilitation Center lost its operating license in 2012; all of its residents were transferred to other homes. Woodland View was cited by state and federal regulators in August of 2010, for numerous infractions—as a penalty, the facility was ordered to stop accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments. Woodland View failed to correct the violations, and was shut down in the fall of 2012; its last resident was transferred out on September 12. The home had been licensed to care for 176 residents, but only housed 47 when the transfer began. Woodland View’s parent company, Sun Healthcare Group Inc., sold the facility to a local company, as part of its agreement with the state. Sun Healthcare is a large corporation, operating 190 facilities nationwide and grossing over $1.9 billion annually.

Before deciding on a nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved ones, thoroughly research the candidates. Visit the facility several times, and ask for a copy of its most recent inspection survey. After your family member has settled in, continue to be an advocate; watch for signs of abuse (bruises, missing property, uncleanliness), and check in with the facility’s directors and staff regularly. If you do suspect abuse, immediately report it to your state’s Ombudsman for Long-Term Care; this will ensure it’s reported to the proper authorities. Don’t hesitate to take your loved one to the hospital for treatment, and get a copy of the medical report.

More than 30% of nursing homes in the country experience some form of resident abuse. If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home, contact Mike Agruss Law, at 312-224-4695 for a free consultation. Mike Agruss Law, represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Illinois. We will handle your case quickly, advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. This litigation strategy will provide you with the best possible compensation. Plus, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple.

Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire our firm—just the opportunity to seek justice. Protect your loved one’s rights by contacting us today.

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