If you live in a nursing home, you are not alone. If you have ever complained about the care you or a loved one received in a long-term care facility, you are also not alone. When looking at Illinois nursing homes by the numbers, you can get an idea of what’s important – the care that the owners and operators of nursing homes provide.
Nursing Homes and Residents
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (the “Act”) defines “facility” as:
- Private homes, institutions, buildings, residences, or other places, both profit and nonprofit;
- Some county homes for the infirm and chronically ill;
- Similar institutions operated by a political subdivision of the State of Illinois;
- Homes, institutions, or other places operated under the authority of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs;
- personal care, sheltered care or nursing for 3 or more persons, not related to the applicant or owner by blood or marriage.
The State includes skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities. However, not all facilities that offer medical or mental health services are considered nursing homes under the Act.
About 1,200 long-term care facilities operate in Illinois.
More than 100,000 people reside in these facilities.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is a government department that licenses, regulates, and inspects long-term care facilities.
A department within the IDPH — the Bureau of Long-Term Care – does about 10,000 surveys of Illinois nursing homes every year. In 2018, the Bureau processed 735 license renewals for nursing homes.
The IDPH takes calls at its Nursing Home Hotline (800-252-4343). Almost 19,000 calls come in from concerned citizens every year with IDPH staff responding to over 5,000 complaints.
The Central Complaint Registry, a department within the IDPH, processed over 7,600 complaints in 2018.
Some Illinois Nursing Homes Abuse and Neglect Their Residents
You probably know at least one person who lives in or who has lived in a nursing facility. It’s important to remember that nursing home residents have rights and that nursing home owners have a duty to care for their residents. When they fail to provide that care, you may be entitled to compensation for their neglect.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home neglect and abuse. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the State of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
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