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Illinois Nursing Home Ratings

Nursing homes are a vital part of the health care system, but unfortunately, not all provide quality care. Patients in long-term care facilities are often vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.

It can be difficult to know which nursing home is the best fit for your loved one.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyer, LLC, our personal injury attorneys can help you find the best nursing facility for your loved ones and ensure they receive the proper care. We have extensive experience investigating and prosecuting abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases in nursing homes.

Your confidential or sensitive information is kept private through an attorney-client relationship with our nursing home abuse lawyer. Use the contact form to get prompt legal advice and arrange a free consultation.

Contact our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) for a free legal consultation.

Nursing Home Ratings & Violations

Government List for Ongoing Poor Quality Ratings and Care Citations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state inspectors who publish online reports about ongoing nursing home care quality provide several great resources for Illinois skilled nursing home patients, their families, and concerned citizens.

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials, the “Special Focus Facility” (SFF) program has been effective since 2008. Under SFF, CMS has targeted 180 facilities for more frequent inspections. In addition, CMS provides a detailed timeline and explains how the process works.

Illinois Special Focus Facility Program

In addition to CMS’s SFF program, Illinois has a “Focus Facility” system licensed and created in 2012 by state officials in response to a federal mandate. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Health Care Financing Administration has continued to support the Special Focus Facility program, considered one of many quality initiatives.

Medicare & Medicaid monitors facilities with continuing issues with the overall quality and patient care and reports its findings.

Nursing home surveys cover various quality issues, both good and bad. When a facility is identified for SFF monitoring, CMS officials assign a survey agency to conduct a comprehensive on-site review.

The agency sends a letter to the facility notifying them that they have been designated as an SFF. Even before the on-site survey takes place, CMS already knows about some of the problems.

Illinois Skilled Nursing Home Violation Reports

According to Medicare, there are 731 nursing homes in Illinois. These facilities house a total of 86,572 residents. In the past three years, 36 Illinois nursing homes have been cited for health violations that caused injury or harm to patients living there.

These violations included infections, diseases, quality of care, and bedsores.

These violations have been cited in federal and state agencies, with a specific number of citations for each agency noted.

In addition, these reports include the date of occurrence, violation category, a short description of the issue, any payments withheld for services, and the total penalties the nursing health care center has received.

Illinois Department of Public Health Star Rating System

Many of Illinois' residents are concerned about nursing home care. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Nursing Home Reporting Tool, April 2020 data reveals 1,333 citations for nursing homes statewide.

The Illinois Department of Public Health contains relevant information reported about every licensed nursing home in Illinois. There are three categories on which facilities can be rated: health inspection, staffing, and quality indicators (QIs). The IDPH assigns one star for each category.

Noted Violations

In addition to the nursing home's overall rating, there is a list of serious deficiencies that have been cited at each facility, as well as a link to view actual reports.

According to the IDPH and Health Care Financing Administration, these violations "can be critical health, safety, or right-to-care issues identified during regular nursing home inspections."

The list of deficiency categories considered quality of care violations include:

The following are a few examples of the hundreds of violations levied against long term care facilities in Illinois:

Failure to Protect Residents From All Forms of Abuse

According to a state survey, some nursing homes "failed to immediately tell the administrator, physician or nurse in charge of the alleged abuse or neglect that maltreatment had occurred."

While this particular center resolved its violation quickly after it received points for failing to notify the proper authorities within one hour, you should always contact your local department of health if you suspect that patient abuse has occurred.

Failure to Keep Proper Treatment Records

According to a state survey, some nursing homes "failed to document assessment data on all new residents." This violation is particularly concerning because an initial assessment of your loved one's health should already be in the treatment records.

Inferior Nursing Care and Failure to Meet Every Resident's Essential Needs

According to a state survey, some nursing homes "failed to ensure that each resident received adequate pain medication." Unfortunately, it is just an example of how failure to meet your loved one's needs can impact their health.

Indications of inferior nursing care may be:

In addition to strong regulations on a federal level, Illinois skilled nursing home patients are protected by the state’s Nursing Home Care Act, which was specifically created to empower nursing home patients and their families with the power to prosecute instances of abuse, neglect, and inferior care.

Failure to Report and Investigate Abuse and Neglect

According to a state survey, some nursing homes "failed to develop and implement procedures for reporting, investigating and responding to any acts or reports of abuse...with the exception of neglect." This failure could be very dangerous, especially if your family member cannot communicate.

Failure to Implement and Follow Infection Protection Protocols

According to a state survey, some nursing homes "failed to properly implement and maintain infection-protection guidelines to protect the resident from unusual infections; blood and body fluid precautions; invasive procedures; and prevention of environmental hazards." An astonishing array of potential health complications could result from this violation.

How to Select a Nursing Home for Your Loved Ones in Illinois

Choosing a nursing home for your loved one can be a daunting task. You want your family members to receive the best care available, no matter who needs care.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you in making an informed decision about which facility would be the best fit.

  • The first step is to decide what type of facility would be best. For example, if the person you care for needs short-term care, it may be beneficial to find a nursing home with assisted living or other types of care available.
  • Take your time when choosing a facility. Visit the nursing health care center to get a firsthand look at the building, staff, physicians, activities offered, and other residents in your potential candidate's condition.
  • You should also check into the state inspections of facilities in your area and any filed complaints against the nursing or rehab center. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health offers searchable data on facilities and physicians cited for violations.

When considering costs, make sure you get an estimate of the total cost of care in writing from each facility you visit. Payment options may vary from facility to facility, as might the cost of care itself. In addition to these costs, you should also factor in future medical expenses and long-term care insurance.

About the Illinois Nursing Home Rating System

The federal government has mandated that all states implement a rating system to rank nursing homes in every county.

The current rating surveys completed by nursing homes and submitted to state governments are insufficient. As a result, they do not provide a complete view of the care and safety delivered in these facilities.

For this reason, some states have implemented new ratings designed to provide a more comprehensive view of resident care and filed complaints and safety concerns.

The Nursing Home Rating system was developed as a tool to bring transparency and concerns to the quality of care delivered at every nursing and rehab center with more than nine beds throughout the country.

The current ratings are based on data from secure survey resources conducted between January 2016 and December 2016.

Speak Up Against Any Form of Abuse and Violation in Illinois Nursing Homes

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience in holding Illinois nursing homes accountable when they violate the rights of their residents.

Our legal team is committed to protecting this vulnerable population by holding these facilities responsible for any mistreatment or neglect that may occur.

Our law firm offers free nursing home abuse consultations to residents. We maintain a complete understanding of Illinois state statutes and the nursing home care act to ensure that we are up-to-date with all neglect laws that may affect your claim.

We work on a contingency fee basis. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to consult with an attorney to ensure you secure the money you deserve.

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Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are take from public sources including the State Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility at least every fifteen months. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC cannot confirm that the content on this site is the most recent information related to the facilities mentions.

The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information here: dph.illinois.gov or medicare.gov.

The deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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