Illinois nursing homes are getting a failing grade in a new report. Illinois was ranked 42nd out of all states in the quality of care at nursing homes, according to a state-by-state report card published by the group Families for Better Care. The group’s director, Brian Lee, says out of the eight measures used to gauge the quality of care, Illinois nursing homes managed only one passing grade.
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“People are being harmed, injured, even dying from abuse or neglect in far too many of Illinois’s nursing homes,” Lee said. According to the report, 96 percent of nursing homes in Illinois were cited for one or more deficiencies, such as improperly medicating residents. 25 percent were found to have severe deficiencies, “stuff like pressure sores, people wandering from the facility, the staff not being able to locate, burns, fractures, even death,” Lee said.
Lee says the state’s problems are nothing new, as he witnessed while working for the Illinois Department on Aging from 1998 to 2003. The first step in correcting the problem, he says, is for legislators to require nursing homes to hire a larger staff.