The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services surveys nursing homes annually and provides a National Nursing Home Watch List. For 2007, the Illinois Nursing Home Watch List cited 250 Illinois nursing homes for actual harm and immediate jeopardy to patients. Over 25 nursing homes were cited in Chicago alone and at least 30 homes in the state of Illinois were cited for actual harm and immediate jeopardy on three or more surveys. Hence, nursing home abuse and neglect is a legitimate problem in Illinois and the nation as a whole.
The list is published on memberofthefamily.net, a website designed to offer information about Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes nationwide. As seen on NBC’s Today Show, memberofthefamily.net also provides literature on the subject of nursing home rights, including the recently published guide Danger Zone: Unlock the Secrets of Nursing Home Medical Records and Protect Your Loved One. The book is intended to help families recognize falsifications in medical records and nursing home negligence.
In Illinois, advocates and nursing home lawyers have been working to combat nursing home abuse and neglect. Organizations like Illinois Citizens for Better Care (ICBC), the Center for Justice and Democracy, and the regional Ombudsmen program can help you determine whether your loved one is a victim of abuse and neglect.