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Proposal seeks to end nursing home violence

Chicago newspaper SouthtownStar explored the nursing home abuse legislation introduced by Chicago lawmakers this week. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti are happy with the two key features of the reform nursing home abuse legislation – beefing up nursing home staffing in Illinois nursing homes and raising fines on facilities that endanger residents. The nursing home industry signaled that it was not happy with the nursing home neglect bill, stating that the proposal far exceeds the issues addressed by the Illinois governor’s nursing home safety task force.

Illinois state Senators Jacqueline Collins and Heather Steans co-sponsored the legislation, which is backed by groups such as the AARP, unions representing health care workers, the Supportive Housing Providers Association, and Illinois Citizens for Better Care. As an AARP volunteer from Decatur stated, and Levin & Perconti has unfortunately realized for a long time now, thousands of nursing home residents in Illinois are victims of nursing home abuse, assault, and inadequate care. The nursing home group says that the legislation is unreasonable and mentions that the state has cut back on public health surveyors for many years.

Specifically, Senate Bill 685 aims to address these problems by improving the quality of care, creating meaningful regulations for Illinois nursing homes, providing regulations that promote resident safety, improve the quality of care for nursing home residents through provisions like higher staff to patient ratios and enhanced training, and offering less restrictive alternatives to people who do not need nursing home care.

The AARP has set up a Nursing Home Legislation Hotline. Citizens can contact their legislators and urge them to support by the SB 685 by calling 1-888-616-3322.

Click here to read more about the Illinois nursing home legislation.

To read the AARP summary, click here.