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East Central Illinois Nursing Homes Fined for Violations

The State of Illinois has issued fines to four local nursing homes for resident safety violations. The facilities receiving fines are ClarkLindsey, University Rehabilitation Center of Champaign-Urbana, Gardenview Manor, and Arcadia. All of the violations issued were classified as Type A violations meaning there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical… Read More


Understaffing at Nursing Homes Results in Decreased Care of Residents

The Omicron strain of Covid 19 is sweeping through our nursing homes. More than 40,000 nursing home residents tested positive for Covid-19 last week as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and almost 70,000 cases of Covid-19 were reported by nursing home staff members during the first week of January. Reportedly, 87%… Read More


How To Keep Our Loved Ones Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for visiting family and friends, and that does not exclude those who are in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing homes are not always equipped with proper staffing, proper knowledge, or proper procedures to ensure the absolute safety of their residents. When visiting a loved one in one… Read More


COVID-19 Outbreaks Continue in Nursing Homes

Widespread and shocking outbreaks have continued to wreak havoc in nursing homes across the country, leaving families of loved ones in these facilities worried about their elderly relative’s health and safety. The first warning of devastation the coronavirus could cause within nursing homes came in late February, when residents of a suburban Seattle nursing home… Read More


COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, many families are concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Over 3,600 deaths across the nation have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in these facilities filled with elderly and disabled residents. However, this number is… Read More


Investigations and Fines at Assisted Living Facilities Due to the Handling of COVID-19

In response to 13 deaths at a Massachusetts veterans home, Governor Charlie Baker has hired Mark Pearlstein from McDermott Will & Emery LLP to investigate what went wrong and why. Tests that have been conducted so far reveal that six of the deaths at the state-run nursing home for veterans in Holyoke, MA were due… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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,… Read More