The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. The Bloomington Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, a nursing home in central Illinois, recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $12,500. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to, among other things, properly prevent abide by Illinois nursing home law in providing adequate living space for its residents.
Investigations at the facility showed that of the 32 resident rooms, two thirds of them do not provide even 80 square feet of living space for the resident. The 80 square foot requirement is the bare minimum allowable under current state regulations. However, most of the rooms at the facility have only 75 square feet of space-in direct contradiction to legislative requirements.
State lawmakers have created the bare minimum space requirements as a common-sense assurance that these vulnerable community members will be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Far too often nursing home residents are not treated as the community members that they remain. As a result, little consideration is often given to their quality of life-the day to day actions that ensure they have mental and physical stimulation and outlets for their creativity.
The miniscule room sizes are a testament to that ill-treatment. Illinois nursing home residents are not cattle to be herding into the facilities without concern for their unique needs.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Illinois nursing home law must be followed at all times-that includes prevention of abuse and basic living requirements. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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