Conditions Within A Chicago-Area 1-Star Nursing Home

As explained on the page titled “Chicago Metropolitan Area Nursing Homes,” there is a rating system, on a 1 to 5 star scale, of nursing homes done by the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  In this scale, 5 stars denotes the highest rating, whereas 1 star denotes the lowest rating.

The Chicago Tribune published an article in 2009 describing various conditions within a “1-star” nursing home.  That article is titled “Misery:  Inside a 1-star nursing home.”

A couple of excerpts include:

The federal government is now rating nursing facilities on a 1 to 5 star system. Although conditions at one-star homes are startling, what is perhaps more alarming is their prevalence: About a quarter of U.S. nursing homes, including 81 in the six-county Chicago area, received one star.


The lobby smelled of urine. In one room, they found a 97-year-old woman, lying in her own waste. She had severe bruises on her arm, foot and both legs that the staff could not immediately explain. Another resident had a bed sore larger than a golf ball and dripping blood.

This article also discussed various other conditions within the nursing home at that time, including nursing home violations; improper use of bed side railings; various unsanitary conditions; and various poor / negligent operating conditions.


Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

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