Recently, Illinois lawmakers passed new reforms to cutdown on Nursing Home
Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect. The new legislation aims to protect children
and adults with extreme developmental disabilities. It would apply only
to nursing homes for people with developmental disabilities. Last year,
lawmakers passed similar legislation for nursing homes for the elderly
and people with mental disabilities.
details, the potential new laws would mandate nursing homes that care for
developmentally disabled people report all fatalities to state regulators.
The nursing home staff would also have to tell local coroners or medical
examiners about any deaths. The proposed legislation would also include
larger fines for poor care, and it would stop new admissions at nursing
homes with many violations. Additionally, the reforms would tighten the
use of psychotropic drugs.
While many lawmakers and those in the Nursing Home field applaud these
potential safeguards, some people think the legislation does not go far
enough. An advocate for Nursing Home residents says Illinois will need
to hire more nursing home inspectors to make sure the new laws are being
enforced. However, an official with the Illinois Department of Public
Health says the new laws are enough to make the department more effective
at protecting residents from Nursing Home Abuse and Injuries.
Of course, you can also take steps if you suspect a nursing home resident
is suffering from abuse or neglect. The
Illinois Department on Aging suggests you call the Illinois Department of Health or the Nursing Home Hotline.