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Illinois Ranks High on Bad Nursing Home Report

A new federal report stated that Illinois has the nation’s second-highest number of nursing homes that have been flagged as having poor quality. Forty-seven Illinois nursing homes are among facilities that perform “most poorly” on quality-of-life care measures. Illinois falls second only to Indiana’s 52 nursing home facilities. The report rated homes on staffing levels, procedures to prevent bed sores, measures to prevent abuse and neglect and other factors. Chicago Crain’s Business stated that Illinois performs worse than other states, meaning that many homes that deserve closer scrutiny slip through the cracks. The study urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to consider a facility’s performance relative to other homes nationally. This would mean that many more Illinois facilities would be labeled as poor performing. Larger states had far few quality homes than Illinois, including New York and California. Additionally, Illinois houses mentally ill patients in nursing homes at a rate greater than any other state. Many people that this places elderly residents at a greater risk of being harmed by other patients. To read more about the Illinois statistics, please click the link.