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Two Kankakee Nursing Homes Receive Fines

In relation to citations between the months of October and December 2019, two nursing homes in Kankakee County have each been fined $25,000. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) cited both Aperion Care Bradley, located at 650 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley, and Momence Meadows Nursing Home at 500 S. Walnut St., Momence.  Aperion Care [….]

Should You be Concerned About Nursing Home Abuse?

If your loved one is in a nursing home facility, an article from the Los Angeles Times details why it is appropriate to be concerned or alarmed. According to the article, there have been hundreds of nursing homes with a consistent record of low-quality care that has continued to be kept secret by government authorities. Senior [….]

Nursing Home Abuse – An Unacceptable Issue

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse has become a huge issue amongst facilities in the United States, particularly sexual abuse. In fact, in 2017, the federal government cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for failing to prevent cases of sexual abuse. Individuals recognize that this is an unacceptable issue, and now they want to see changes in [….]

Senior Associate Patricia Gifford Live on Air

Spiros Law Senior Associate, Patricia Gifford, was recently featured on both the River and Valley radio stations in Kankakee, where she answered questions about nursing home abuse and neglect. Patricia specializes in nursing home litigation and medical malpractice, but her primary focus is nursing home litigation. In the interview, she explains the different signs that [….]

Federal Report: Illinois leads nation in nursing home abuse cases, while far too many still go unreported

According to a report released by the Department of Health & Human Services, an audit recently faulted the Medicare system for failing to enforce federal laws requiring immediate notification of possible sexual and physical abuse. In the report, Illinois had the largest number of incidents (at 17 overall) during the two year-span of the audit, [….]

Patricia Gifford discusses nursing home abuse with Fox News

A member of the , team, Patricia Gifford, recently spoke with Fox News reporters in Illinois about family rights and new litigation regarding rights for patients in elder care facilities. The interview comes in light of recent news regarding the case of Channing Butler, who is accused of conspiring to record sexual assaults on patients at [….]

Illinois to Allow Camera Monitoring in Nursing Homes

Illinois’ governor recently signed a new law that will allow for the installation of monitoring devices in nursing homes. This law comes at time in which families of nursing home residents have grown increasingly concerned about the activities that occur in long-term care facilities amid reports of nursing home abuse and neglect. The law is [….]

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Chicago Nursing Home

A family is awaiting court approval for a settlement agreement in regards to a wrongful death lawsuit against a Chicago nursing home. Jennifer Seafield filed the suit against Warren Park Health and Living Center after the death of her mother, Jean Engstrom, on July 4, 2010. Engstrom, 51, was living at the West Rogers Park [….]

Joliet Nursing Home Facing Revocation of License

Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet is facing revocation of their license to operate a nursing home as well as the loss of Medicare reimbursement from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The investigation from CMS was a result of complaints about a 26-year-old male resident who sexually, physically or mentally [….]

State health department may pull license at Joliet nursing home

Administrators for a Joliet nursing home, that has been in the center of conflict, will now be meeting with the Illinois state health department in order to determine whether or not that home will remain operating or not. After  multiple incidents were reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be ending the provider [….]