While the State of Illinois is recognized for many great things, one title it likely could do without is being ranked as one of the states with the worst nursing homes in the U.S., some of which are located in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Illinois is the third worse state in the country for nursing home quality.”
The news source cited that “Families for Better Care gave the state an F for the quality of its nursing homes,” but a nursing home association says this ranking is “subjective and [doesn’t] reflect the quality of many of the state’s nursing homes.” In the report that identified Illinois as being one of the states with the worst nursing home quality, it was stated that “nursing home residents in Illinois received an average of about 1.6 hours of professional nursing care a day and an average of 2.2 hours of direct care, which relates to daily needs such as going to the bathroom, getting out of bed, and being turned in bed to avoid sores.”
The report also cites that “about 97 percent of nursing homes in the state had federal deficiencies or citations, and nearly 28 percent had severe deficiencies.” All states, including Illinois, classifies a deficiency as either a Level one, two, three, or four, with four being the worst. The news source also cited “low payments from Medicaid” as one of the reasons for why Illinois has earned the status that it has when it comes to its nursing homes. Many of the residents who are living in a facility are only able to do so with the funding Medicaid provides, which apparently might not be enough.
According to a 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation report, Medicaid covered more than 60% of nursing home residents. But, based on whatMatt Hartman, executive director of the Illinois Health Care Association says, Medicaid “reimbursements pay about $30 to $35 dollars a day less per resident than what it actually costs to take care of residents.” With low reimbursement rates and “a general shortage of nurses,” Hartman says it can be difficult for some nursing homes to hire more staff yet “staffing is the biggest driver of quality in facilities.”
Are you in the process of relocating a loved one into a nursing home in Chicago?
If you are looking to move your aging relative into a nursing home in Chicago as they can no longer take care of themselves, take your time and do some research before settling on a home. The last thing anyone wants is to move their loved one into a facility where they aren’t going to receive the care and attention they need or could potentially be harmed.
In the event you are moving a loved one into a new home because they weren’t receiving the proper care and treatment or one or more of their rights were violated, consider contacting a Chicago, IL nursing home abuse attorney for legal help. The Budin Law Offices is one nursing home abuse law firm in the Chicago area that can help your loved one seek the justice they deserve for the mistreatment they have been subjected to.
Budin Law Offices is located at:
1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2165
Chicago, IL 60602