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Illinois Nursing Home Legislation Would Help Protect Vulnerable Residents

It seems that this year many Illinois nursing home lawyers are engaging in a bevy of advocacy efforts to fight misguided and dangerous pieces of legislation at both the state and federal level. Blog readers are well appraised of various bills which, among other things, would make it more difficult for victims of abuse to file lawsuits and roll back important safeguards that ensure proper care at area facilities.

Fortunately, there are also a few bright spots when it comes to possible legislative changes to improve the care of area residents this year. For example, the Chicago Tribune reported last week on recently introduced state legislation that seeks to protect disabled children who are currently victims of Illinois nursing home abuse. The reforms would increase the penalties for facilities that fail in their care-giving-a move that will hopefully spur the worst facilities to clean up their act.

On top of that, the measure would increase the situations when a facility is required to notify a family about problematic treatment. More stringent limits on the use of psychotropic drugs, limits of new admissions to the worst homes, and more oversight following deadly conduct are all also included in the proposed measure.

It clear that the conduct at the Chicago home Alden Village North was one of the prime motivators of the bill. At least 13 children were killed at the home in the last decade alone. Investigations following those deaths revealed a wide range of mismanagement, poor oversight, and negligent care which contributed to the minor’s struggles.

These possible reforms are long overdue according to our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti. The treatment of so many of those in state nursing homes-both old and young alike-would appall most community members. While passage of bills is only the first step in actually improving the lives of these residents, it remains an encouraging change.

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