One of the most common (and well documented) causes of Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect is understaffing. When a facility has too few employees to do that work that is needed to care for their residents on a daily basis, then the risk of some residents falling through the cracks and suffering from poor care is drastically increased.
The state of Illinois recognizes this connection, and so it has set guidelines for quality care at nursing homes which includes certain mandated staffing and nursing levels. Time and again the most egregious cases of poor care leading to nursing home residents developing pressure sores, falls, medication errors, and other forms of neglect are traced back to facilities that have far too few employees working each day to provide the necessary care.
Unfortunately, the latest proposed state budget for Illinois may strike a severe blow to all those concerned with ensuring adequate staffing levels and improving the quality of care at nursing homes. According to the Illinois Times, the proposed budget would cut 6% of Medicaid support to state nursing homes. Depending on whose number are analyzed that means anywhere from $70 million to $119 million will stop flowing to theses home statewide. Another nursing home funding advocate explained that federal matching funds may also be lost in the effort, meaning that the cuts would actually amount to between $140 million to $240 million dollars.
Many nursing home workers worry that the cuts will be impossible to absorb, resulting in substandard care for more vulnerable seniors.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that nursing home neglect and abuse is a shatteringly painful process for the residents and their families. Please take a moment to contact the governor, your state representative, or your state senator and urge that they not take steps that will result in more elder suffering.
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