All residents of nursing homes and their loved ones should be aware of residents’ rights under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (“the Act”). Aside from the rights afforded by Federal laws, the Act provides for the safety and rights of nursing home residents in Illinois. The Act applies to all long-terms care facilities in Illinois. Under the Act, long-term care facility is defined as a “private home, institution, building, residence or any other place, whether operated for profit or not, or a county home for the infirm and chronically ill…which provides, through its ownership or management, personal care, sheltered care, or nursing for three or more persons, not related to the applicant or owner by blood or marriage.” If you do live in a location that falls under the Act, you are therefore entitled to certain rights that you should be aware of. These include but are not limited to; being free from abuse and neglect, managing you own finances, wearing your own clothes and keep personal belongings in your room, being cared for by your own doctor at your own expense, accessing all medical records related to your care, to being free from restraints unless ordered by a doctor. For a longer list of your rights, please click here.
It is important for you and your loved ones to review the Act and become familiar with your rights as a nursing home resident. Too often residents in nursing homes are ill cared for and neglected. The Act ensures that your rights will be protected. If a nursing home violates one of the rights afforded to you by the Act, you may be entitled to a legal remedy.
Since 1992, Levin & Perconti has fought for the rights of nursing home residents and understands just how important these rights are to residents and their families. Our founding partners, Steve Levin and John Perconti, were among the first lawyers in the entire country to represent nursing home residents and have earned national recognition for their work on behalf of residents.
Nursing home lawsuits help draw attention to the ever-growing epidemic of poor care and abuse in Illinois facilities and help families find fair and reasonable compensation for the harms caused. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois nursing home, it is important to take immediate action to hold all wrongdoers accountable. Negligence should never be tolerated. Feel free to call our firm to speak with an experienced nursing home lawyer who can help you understand your legal options.