Nursing Home Whistleblower Hotline
Many individuals get involved in the healthcare business because they want to help people. However, given the number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have been cited for violating federal health and safety standards over the years and all over the country, it comes as no surprise that you may have seen something you were very uncomfortable with.
Are you fed-up and angry because you can’t provide proper care to residents in your nursing home?
Are you forced to participate in illegal or inappropriate behavior, following with threats of retaliatory action if you don’t comply?
You may also be experiencing extreme frustration each day if you work in a facility where you don’t have enough other staffers and/or supplies to properly care for the residents.
Contact us, we can help. Direct care workers and nursing home support staff members frequently contact our attorneys to report violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Many of these workers feel helpless because they are stretched too thin to devote the appropriate time and attention to vulnerable residents under their care. Our lawyers have handled hundreds of nursing home lawsuits and have taken thousands of depositions of nursing home employees and owners. We are here to help protect you.
Some of the frequent complaints we hear from staffers in nursing homes include that there is:
- Inadequate staffing
- Inadequate equipment and resources
- “Staffing up” for IDPH inspections
- Falsification of patient medical records
- Failure to respond to resident call lights
- Abuse of the residents
- Staff skipping necessary procedures—for example, those required to prevent bedsores—because they do not have enough time to cover everything
Those who contact us tend to be:
- Certified nursing assistants
- Registered nurses
- Licensed nurse practitioners
- Food service or janitorial staff
- Administrative staff
- Physical or occupational therapists
- Maintenance or groundskeepers
Protect Against Patient Vulnerability
Many nursing home residents cannot advocate for themselves, and do not have family members who can visit them on a daily basis. That is why it is so important for nursing home employees to speak out on behalf of this vulnerable population. By doing so, you are not only helping the residents under your direct care, you are also helping to protect future residents from substandard care.
We understand that in many cases, it is the nursing home owners, not the employees, who are to blame for substandard care because they choose to operate their facilities at minimal staffing levels in order to increase personal profits. Our firm helps overworked and underappreciated employees fight for better working conditions as well as better living conditions for the residents.
If you are a nursing home employee who has witnessed poor care and abuse in an Illinois nursing home, we understand that you may be afraid to report abuse and neglect for fear of losing your job or other retaliatory actions by the nursing home. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act & the Illinois Whistleblower Act give you rights and offer protection from retaliation for reporting or threatening to report a violation of the law or regulation concerning the care of nursing home residents. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to call our nursing home whistleblower hotline at 312-332-2872 to discuss how we can work together to protect the safety and well-being of residents at the facility. You can also email us confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website contact form. All calls and consultations are confidential.