The Rights Granted to Individuals in Nursing Homes by the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

Last updated 5 months ago

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more and more senior citizens will find themselves requiring the services of a nursing home. To protect nursing home residents, Illinois passed its Nursing Home Care Act to define the rights afforded to them and penalties that will be enforced for violations of the act. Read on to learn more about this important topic and the penalties that are imposed upon those who violate the act.

Residents’ Rights

Nursing home residents have several important rights that are intended to protect them from abuse, like

  • The right to effective and speedy medical treatment.
  • The right to be free of chemical and physical restraints unless they are truly necessary.
  • The right to repositioning care that works to avoid bed sores.
  • The right to be free from verbal, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse.
  • The right to have their physical needs met, like feeding, hydration, and bathing.
  • The right to dignity and privacy whenever possible.

Penalties for Violations

Violations are categorized based on the amount of potential harm they represent to the victim. For example, a Class AA violation is one that proximately causes a resident’s death, while a Class C violation is one that has the potential to cause rather minor harm. Class A and Class B violations fall between these two extremes. Class AA violations are subject to fines up to $25000; Class C violations, on the other hand, are subject to a $250 fine for 10 or more occurrences of the violation. These fines accrue every day that the violation is not corrected after the facility has been notified of it, meaning that even a seemingly small offense can lead to large costs.

If your loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home, you have legal options for getting the justice you both deserve. To discuss actions you can take, call (312) 983-6193 to schedule an appointment with an attorney at Malman Law, a nursing home abuse law firm in Chicago.


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