Peck Ritchey, LLC, to Sponsor Alzheimer’s Day

Peck Ritchey, LLC, is proud to be a gold-level sponsor of the 22nd annual Alzheimer’s Day event that will be held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Thursday, May 12th. The event is designed to highlight Alzheimer’s research done through Northwestern University as well as bring this information to the public. Starting in the early afternoon, Kristine Yaffe, MD, of the University of California will present “The Mendleton Lecture,” showcasing her work in the field of neurocognitive studies.  Following the lecture, a lunch and scientific poster viewing will be held.  The event will conclude with a town hall meeting later in the afternoon. You can read more about this important event by clicking here.


Peck Ritchey, LLC, sponsoring Paint the Night Purple event

Brandon Peck and other board members

Brandon Peck and other board members

On February 19, 2016, Peck Ritchey, LLC, will sponsor Paint the Night Purple, an event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Illinois Chapter Junior Board. Our very own Brandon Peck is a Junior Board member of this group. Paint the Night Purple aims to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among younger generations, as well as raise money to provide for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The event will feature heavy appetizers, desserts, and a premium open bar, and tickets can be purchased early online or at the door the night of the event.  Click here to learn more about this important event.


Social media photos pose privacy violation threat to care facility patients

On December 21, 2015, the Chicago Tribune posted an article about the rampant abuse of nursing home patients that is taking place on a digital canvas. According to ProPublica, there were at least 35 cases of nursing home and care facility workers posting embarrassing photos of elderly patients since 2012.

Aside from being especially heinous and despicable, the posting of these pictures and videos violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Ace as well as the patients’ right to privacy. While there are cases in which the posting of such photos led to criminal charges, there are also instances where aggressors were not held accountable for their actions.

These instances may predict an upsetting future threat of social media to patients’ safety and privacy if they are continually humiliated by staff members who should be trustworthy and compassionate. Abuse is by no means a new phenomenon in nursing home facilities, but social media shaming is a new animal when it comes to assisted living and elderly care homes.

If your loved one has suffered from any form of mistreatment or abuse in a Chicago nursing home, do not hesitate to contact an aggressive lawyer at Peck Ritchey, LLC who will pursue charges against the abuser to the fullest extent of the law. Call us at (855) 328-5787 today to let us begin seeking justice for your family.


Casey Kasem’s family sues his widow for elder abuse

Famed actor and radio personality Casey Kasem’s brother and three children from a previous marraiage filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his widow, Jean Kasem. Casey’s family filed the suit in a Los Angeles Superior Court and accused Jean Kasem of inflicting emotional distress and elder abuse on their father. Jean apparently prohibited Casey’s children from contacting him as his illness worsened in 2013.

The lawsuit said that Casey’s death was a result of Jean’s physical abuse and neglect. It also detailed accounts of Jean abandoned Casey in several hospitals for days after he was set to be discharged. The deceased star’s children also claim that Jean ignored Casey’s request to be buried in a Los Angeles cemetery and instead sent his body to Norway where it was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

Casey Kasem died in 2014 after years of suffering from a form of dementia, bedsores, and several other illnesses. His children hope to spread awareness about elder abuse through their lawsuit.

If you know someone who is suffering from any form of elder abuse in Chicago, please talk to our attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC. Call us now at (855) 328-5787.


Research seeks to identify causes of nursing home neglect, abuse

When choosing a nursing home for a loved one, families have a number of factors to consider before making any final decisions.

Carolyn Pickering, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, decided to conduct research in an effort to determine what leads to nursing home abuse and neglect. To this end, Pickering interviewed a number of nursing home employees before coming to the following conclusions.

Under-staffing is considered one of the more pervasive problems in the health care industry. Ironically, many caregivers in elderly homes are driven to quit due to the lack of support, causing this issue to worsen. Poor working conditions are a factor as well, specifically the fact that few employees are required to do more work than they are reasonably capable of doing alone. Beyond this, these employees work for very little compensations, a factor which may put them in “morally distressing positions where they don’t have a choice about the quality of care they provide.”

 

While these issues are serious and should be dealt with, no elderly resident in a nursing home deserves to bear the brunt of conditions that they cannot control. If your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home staff, contact the attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC by calling (855) 328-5787 today.


Malnutrition and nursing home abuse

Typically, the kind of nursing home abuse that we are aware of involves physical or emotional violence. However, one of the common forms of abuse in a care facility that people are often unable to see is malnutrition. This form of abuse may go on for a while before the effects become visible and concerned friends or family may notice, and therein lies the problem. An employee’s failure to provide nourishment needed to sustain the health of a patient must immediately be reported.

An elderly person’s appetite may alter, especially when taking medications, and this can also make it very difficult to identify when an employee is failing to provide sustenance. However, it is the responsibility of nursing home employees to do everything in their power to give their patients the food and care that they need. Because early detection is vital in correcting malnourishment, those with elderly family members should watch for the following signs:

  • Redness or swelling around the eyes, deteriorated vision
  • Canker sores, excessive redness in the mouth
  • Flaccid muscles

If you know someone in Chicago who is suffering from any form of nursing home abuse, please immediately consult with our legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC to discuss what legal action may be available to take. Call us today at (855) 328-5787.


Attorney Kerry Peck to Speak at Financial Wellness Breakfast & Brew Event

On October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Ritchey, LLC, will be speaking at the Financial Wellness Breakfast & Brew presented by the North Shore Senior Center. The public is encouraged to attend the complimentary breakfast and learn more about the topic of special needs planning. For our family and friends that are disabled or suffer from a cognitive disability, developing a plan for their future medical treatments, guardianships, and finances is critical for preserving their well-being.

The event is free for the public and North Shore Senior Center residents and staff. For those wishing to attend, please RSVP by contacting Molly Conly at (847) 784-6050 or mconley@nssc.org as space is limited. The event will take place at Chase Bank—Winnetka Branch in the Lower Level Conference Room. For more information, click here.


Attorney Jesse A. Footlik to Hold “When Dementia Leads to Drama” Event

On Tuesday, October 13th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm, attorney Jesse A. Footlik from Peck Ritchey, LLC, will be speaking at the event “When Dementia Leads to Drama” at the Bethesda Home & Retirement Center. At this event, Jesse will be discussing some of the dramatic and surprising situations that families have experienced after having a family member or loved one diagnosed with dementia. Additionally, he will be discussing some of the legal opportunities that exist to help address these issues.

The event is free, but those wishing to attend need to RSVP to the event by contacting Lecia Szuberla at events@elderwerks.com or by calling (847) 462-0885. Additionally, individuals who are Illinois Social Workers, Registered Nurses, or Nursing Home Administrators can earn 1.0 CE by attending this event. The presentation itself will begin at 5:30pm. Prior to that, there will be time for registration, networking, and a provided dinner.


Robin Williams’ children, widow settle estate dispute

Robin Williams’ children and his fourth wife, Susan Schneider Williams, have finally come to an agreement after a highly publicized dispute over the late comedian’s possessions. The details of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed to the public, but the lawyers representing both parties in the case have stated that they believe the settlement will appease both sides.

Susan Williams obtained the home in Tiburon that she and the late actor shared before his death, along with the establishment of a trust that will enable her to maintain the property. The case began in December of 2014, when the widow filed a petition with the court stating that some of the actor’s belongings were removed from their shared home without her consent, and asking that the contents of their home be excluded from the items that would be left to his children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody.

While the settlement is still awaiting court approval, it seems likely that it will be granted as the judge had previously encouraged the parties to come to reasonable terms outside of court. Mr. Williams’ widow and children will surely be glad to finally reach a conclusion in their disagreement over the distribution of the estate so that they can carry on with their mourning.


Alzheimer’s disease: Plan your legal and financial security

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and serious illness that can become more complicated over time. It is important to consider legal measures when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This illness affects not only the person diagnosed but also affects their loved ones. Careful planning for the future is imperative for families facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It is a disease that poses difficulties in the future. Fortunately, everyone may seek legal help regarding cases like this.

It is possible to secure your entire family’s security through consultation with elder law attorneys. The experts of elder law will be able to help you with housing, medical planning, financial planning, guardianship, and all the other legal actions surrounding elder law. Alzheimer’s disease planning ensures the quality life and security for your loved ones.

If a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may secure your safety and future by consulting with esteemed elder law attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC. Call our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787.


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