The elderly are one of the nation's most vulnerable demographics. As multiple sources have highlighted before, the exhibition of neglect and abuse in all of its forms toward the elderly in nursing homes has only increased throughout the years. Government audits and a multitude of shocking allegations affirm the actuality that Illinois nursing homes are notorious for their role in perpetuating the degradation of the elderly. As a result of this misconduct, the death tolls of patients in nursing homes - the very places that should be offering protection for necessitous senior citizens - has risen.
Among these troubling allegations is the case of an Illinois woman named Gail Legate. The 76-year-old was a patient in the Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. According to recent articles, her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming the Granite nursing home as a defendant, alleging that the staff's tendency to neglect Legate led to her wrongful and untimely death.
The lawsuit details that nursing home staff was aware that Legate was incontinent, however, she was not provided with a catheter. The lawsuit recounts staff neglecting the woman so ordinarily that she would often defecate and urinate on herself and sit in the mess for hours on end. This mistreatment resulted in the development of painful bedsores on her body. She had previously been diagnosed with paraplegia, diabetes, and Crohn's disease - all conditions that would have made her more susceptible to bedsores. Her estate asserts that the nursing home should have drafted an adequate care plan to prevent her from developing the sores.
“They failed to provide Gail Marie Legate with necessary care and services to attain and maintain the highest practicable physical and mental well-being,” the lawsuit said of nursing home staff.
At the time of her death, doctors declared that she had sepsis, skin breakdown, malnutrition, renal failure, bedsores and had been severely dehydrated. Conditions that seemingly affirmed the family's suspicions of neglect in the first place.
The Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has yet to comment on these allegations. It has also refused to comment on recent data revealing that the nursing home had a very large number of complaints against it that have been investigated since 2011. As a result of an unannounced inspection conducted in the facility, a number of issues pointed to inadequate care. The nursing and rehabilitation center was cited for failing to provide proper incontinent care, not answering phone calls promptly, and not tending to bed sore risks and hydration needs.
Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you have an inclination that your loved one has been subject to nursing home abuse, you should immediately consult with a knowledgeable attorney. The legal professionals at Benassi & Benassi are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the elderly. Contact us today.