Nursing homes and assisted-living centers are supposed to be places where seniors can go to get proper care. Families take them there when they can no longer live on their own so that they can have daily assistance with their personal care, medical care and even palliative care when needed. The families trust the homes, which is why it is so disturbing when these centers are found to be neglecting the residents. That is what happened at a home near Chicago, Illinois.
The investigation showed that the workers often did not respond nearly as quickly as they were supposed to in slip-and-fall incidents. In one case, a woman fell around 14 times because she was trying to use the bathroom on her own, despite being in a wheelchair. She had a call button that she could wear on a lanyard around her neck, and she would push the button for help. However, the help would not come, so she tried to do it on her own, which led to the falls.