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Nursing Home Abuse Regulations. How Does Illinois Compare?

Nursing Home

While there are numerous Federal nursing home regulations in place, certain facility requirements vary from state to state. Federal law ensures that patients are protected from violations of privacy and security and are free from the threat of abuse or neglect. In Illinois, the Nursing Home Care Act provides the rules and regulations for nursing homes.

Problems in Illinois

The advocacy group, Families for Better Care ranked Illinois 44th in the country in their most recent Report Card study. Unfortunately, this was Illinois's second failing grade. The Report Card uses staffing data provided by the Kaiser Health Foundation, performance measures obtained from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare and complaint data from the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Unfortunately, most neighboring states, including Indiana, Iowa and Missouri also received failing grades and Kentucky and Wisconsin both scored a C. Understanding the problem allows families to be on the look-out for violations and seek council from a Woodstock personal injury lawyer, when needed.

Illinois Nursing Home Regulations

Federal legislation was enacted in 1987 after widespread neglect and abuse reports. By law, nursing homes across the country must adhere to specific staffing requirements, complete assessments and develop care plans, provide appropriate treatment and promote each resident's quality of life.

Along with compliance to federal regulations, nursing homes must also comply with the Nursing Home Care Act in Illinois. Most Illinois regulations are designed to protect patients against certain types of abuse and neglect. Illinois Nursing Homes must be licensed and may not accept more patients than its licensed capacity. Nursing homes that do not meet the required standards can have their licenses suspended, and the person responsible for the application can be charged with a felony. Facilities must submit to regular inspections and file annual financial reports.

Law Changes

In light of complaints, Illinois personal injury attorneys are closely watching proposed legislation. As of January 2016, Illinois residents may now install surveillance equipment in nursing homes to monitor the well-being of loved ones, provided that they meet specific requirements. Laws like this one help families identify abuse and neglect, which is often suspected, but cannot always be verified. While progress is being made, nursing home abuse and neglect continues to be a concern for Illinois residents.

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