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The safety and well-being of our loved ones in nursing homes is paramount. Ensuring they receive the care and respect they deserve in their golden years is crucial.

Unfortunately, instances of neglect and abuse in nursing homes are not uncommon, and it can be challenging to detect these issues, especially when we are not present all the time.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent injured nursing home residents harmed by nursing homes that neglect to follow applicable federal regulations.

Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 or use the online form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

How to Check Nursing Home Violations in Illinois

How to Check Nursing Home Violations in Illinois

State and federal laws regulate nursing homes, and violations of these laws can lead to severe consequences for the facilities involved.

Understanding the types of violations and how they are discovered can help you ensure your loved ones receive the care they deserve.

The Bureau of Long-term Care and Its Responsibilities: The Role of the Illinois Department of Public Health in Regulating Nursing Homes

The Bureau of Long-term Care, part of the Illinois Department of Public Health, plays a vital role in ensuring that nursing homes comply with the provisions of the state Nursing Home Care Act.

The Bureau also cooperates with the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct certification surveys.

These surveys are essential to ensure facilities receiving Medicaid or Medicare funds for resident payment abide by applicable federal regulations.

The Bureau’s responsibilities also include conducting annual licensure inspections and complaint investigations.

The Department conducts certification surveys for participation in federal payment reimbursement programs.

Understanding the Certification Surveys Conducted by the Department

Certification surveys conducted by the Department’s Bureau of Long-term Care ensure that nursing centers meet the necessary standards.

Department surveyors conduct about 10,000 surveys annually, including annual licensure inspections, complaint investigations, and reinspections.

These surveys conducted by public and private agencies help identify violations and ensure that nursing facilities provide the appropriate care setting for their residents.

The Department also operates a 24-hour a day Nursing Home Hotline, which receives nearly 19,000 calls annually and responds to more than 5,000 complaints involving preventable serious illness, physical abuse, sexual assault, and neglect.

Types of Nursing Home Violations

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nursing facility violations can range in severity and are classified into different types.

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act identifies four types of violations: Type AA, Type A, Type B, and Type C.

Type AA violations are the most severe and involve conditions or occurrences that have directly caused a resident’s death.

How Violations Are Discovered

Violations in nursing facilities are typically discovered during inspections to ensure that the facility and its staff meet state and federal standards.

These healthcare inspections can be routine checks or triggered by reported incidents.

For instance, the Illinois Department of Public Health uploads reports online detailing which facilities had violations and the type of violation recorded.

Awareness of these resources and regularly checking them can help you stay informed about the performance and compliance of your loved one’s nursing home.

Checking a Nursing Home’s History of Neglect

Investigating a nursing home’s history of neglect is essential before placing a loved one in their care.

Several tools and resources can help you do this, including Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare tool, understanding nursing home deficiency reports, and reading Illinois’ reports on facility violations.

Using Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Tool

Medicare provides a valuable tool called Nursing Home Compare [2] that allows you to search for information about every nationwide Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home.

You can compare nursing homes by ZIP code, city, state, or name.

The tool provides ratings for each facility based on health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. A higher rating indicates better care.

Reading Illinois’ Quarterly Reports on Nursing Home Violations

The Illinois Department of Public Health provides reports [3] on nursing facility violations.

These reports include information on the facilities, the type of violation they were charged with, and the resulting fine or penalty.

Regularly checking these reports can help you stay informed about any violations a nursing home may have committed.

If your loved one has suffered from neglect or abuse in a nursing center, there are legal avenues you can pursue.

Nursing home abuse lawyers can provide guidance and help you understand what forms of legal recourse are available.

Choosing a Safe Nursing Home

Choosing a safe and caring nursing facility for your loved one is critical.

Evaluating a nursing home’s ratings and assessing their quality of care can help you make an informed choice.

Evaluating a Nursing Home’s Rating

Nursing home ratings, such as those provided by Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare tool, can give you a sense of the facility’s quality of care.

A higher rating indicates better care and fewer health risks for residents.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Are you unsure if your caregiving facility violated federal or state laws, leading to your injuries or your loved one’s death? Our personal injury lawyers can advise and help you explore all your legal options.

Our legal team can investigate the nursing home’s activities, evaluate evidence, talk to witnesses, and determine if you have a valid claim.

If necessary, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and fight for fair compensation.

Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

Resources: [1] Illinois Department of Public Health, [2] Medicare, [3] Illinois Department of Public Health

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