To counter the increasing number of nursing home neglect and elder abuse crimes, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Nursing Home Care Act in 2010. Since then, the legislation has been amended and cited numerous times in cases that have been filed against both family members and nursing home providers who have administered substandard care to patients within their facilities.
Most recently, the law has been cited in the death of Sylvia Raucci whose estate is suing the Fairview Care Center in Joliet. In the suit, Raucci’s heir and administrator of her estate, Rosemarie Barry, claims that the Fairview Care Center failed to provide treatment to Raucci per the direction of her physician. That treatment included being turned every two hours and the application of a specialized cream to prevent the formation of bed sores.
Raucci was admitted into the care of Fairview Care Center at the end of August, 2013. On September 20th, 2013, she was taken for treatment of hypotension and dehydration at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. At that time, she was further diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis and physicians noted she was suffering from a stage two pressure sore around her sacrum. She also had a stage four pressure sore around her coccyx. These injuries weakened her health even further and 9 days later she passed away.
For Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys, the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides considerable leverage for holding nursing home care providers accountable. Under the law, facilities are required to screen patients during admissions and take careful note of their physical and mental condition. In this case, they did that. However, they did not act upon it, nor did they adhere to the instructions of Raucci’s physician.
In Raucci’s case, there are strong indications of nursing home neglect and inadequate supervision of personnel responsible for her care. This neglect resulted in severe impairment of her health to the point her body could not recover. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was passed to prevent substandard care, as well as provide relief to patients and their surviving family members for violations of the law. Presently, Barry and her Chicago nursing home abuse attorney are seeking a jury trial. Any penalties the jury might award would be in addition to any fines and penalties the state pursues pending their own investigation of Raucci’s death.