The family of a 91-year-old woman in Glenview, Illinois, is suing the nursing home she lived in for abuse after 2 nurse’s aids posted online videos of them taunting the elderly woman, who suffers from dementia. The video taken at the Glenview nursing home was posted to Snapchat. WGN reports that both nursing aides were charged with disorderly conduct and initially returned to work after a suspension, but were subsequently fired from the Abington of Glenview nursing and rehab center after the December incident was discovered.
The patient’s family is suing the nursing home, its parent company and the workers in a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Illinois nursing homes are licensed and regulated by state and federal agencies, including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).
Attorney Steven Novak advises that if you suspect your parent has been abused in a nursing home, you should act immediately to protect them:
In Illinois, the use of surveillance cameras in nursing homes became legal in 2016 under the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Facilities Act to protect the elderly and ill from abuse.
Do you have questions about elder abuse in Illinois? Our experienced elder law attorneys in Lombard Illinois understand applicable laws and advise you on the best options to protect an elderly or disabled person. Contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at (630) 800-0112.