A group of elder advocate groups brought together by the AARP joined in Springfield to announce nursing home legislation that will reform the way nursing homes operate in Illinois. Senate Bill 685 was introduced by Heather Steans and Jacqueline Collins, both Democrats from Chicago. As been highlighted recently in the media, nursing home residents in Illinois have been victims of nursing home failures. Nursing home patients have been the victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse. They have been given the wrong diagnosis or wrong medications all at the hands of nursing home employees. This bill will go way beyond what has recently been proposed in the Governor’s task force. To read more reaction about the Illinois nursing home, legislation please click the link.
The new nursing home legislation will address many problems currently plaguing residents. The group’s press release states that legislation will improve the quality of care for nursing home residents and create meaningful regulations for Illinois nursing homes. These include disincentives and penalties for facilities that provide inadequate care. Also, the legislation would provide regulations that promote resident safety and a safe environment for all older people in Illinois nursing homes. One of the most important provisions is that the legislation would require higher staff to patient ratios and better training for direct-care staff. This is extremely important because many studies have found that a home’s employee to resident ratio is a vital part of a safe nursing home. The Chicago nursing home lawyers of Levin & Perconti support this legislation and ask that everyone contact their Illinois representatives to voice their support as well. The Illinois AARP set up a Nursing Home Reform Legislation Hotline. We encourage you to call 1-888-616-3322 to ask your Illinois legislators to support Senate Bill 685.