It’s a nightmare scenario for many of us–out of nowhere you see drifting smoke, smell burning, and hear the screeching of an alarm. There is a fire. What do you do? It has been drilled in us since we were children. Find the nearest safe exit and get out as soon as possible. Sometimes a window may be your only choice. If you happen to get aflame yourself, we all know the manta “Stop, Drop and Roll.”
But what if you don’t know where the exit is? What if you cannot pull yourself through a window. What if you cannot stop, drop, or roll? What if you are unable to even get out of your own bed without help?
For many seniors in nursing homes, those disabilities are real. For that reason, a nursing home fire is an absolutely terrifying prospect. One need only look back to 2003 when a blaze broke out in a long-term care facility in Connecticut. The result was sixteen killed residents and many others injured. We cannot let similar atrocities strike again.
Nursing Home Fire Safety
Considering the risks, it is no wonder that state and federal officials place requirements on these facilities to keep residents safe in the event of fire. As the Consumer Voice explains, five years ago the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required all nursing homes to install automatic sprinkler systems. The facilities were given five years to meet the requirement, with the compliance mandated by mid-August of this year.
Sadly, despite clear CMS rules, as of today, nearly 1200 facilities have not fully met the requirements. On top of that, senior care advocates are dismayed that CMS officials have yet to take any forceful action to ensure these rogue facilities actually comply.
To help raise awareness of the situation and push for change, the Consumer Voice recently crafted a list referred to as the “Hall of Flame.” It includes the names of all facilities which have apparently not yet met their obligations under the CMS fire safety rules.
Unfortunately, the number of Illinois nursing homes of the list is quite extensive. The specifics:
Illinois Homes with NO Sprinklers
COURTYARD HEALTHCARE CENTER CROSSROADS CARE CTR WOODSTOCK RIVERSHORES HLTH & REHAB CTR EMBASSY HEALTH CARE CENTER SNYDERS-VAUGHN HAVEN EFFINGHAM REHAB & HEALTH CARE CTR METHODIST HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY OF CRESTWOOD NEWTON REST HAVEN HEIGHTS HLTHCARE & REHAB CTR GROVE OF SKOKIE L & R WINDMILL NURSING PAVILION SHAWNEE ROSE CARE CENTER TRANSITIONS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER ANNA REHAB & NURSING CENTER TWIN WILLOWS NURSING CENTER LA HARPE DAVIER HLTH CARE CENTER CRAWFORD COUNTY CONVALESCENT
We urge all community members to ask those in charge of these homes why they have yet to comply with the rules. Demand to know when changes will be made to keep residents. safe.
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