Are there laws that govern the conduct of nursing homes?

The state of Illinois as well as the federal government provide for the protection of residents at assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Both your local and national government take their responsibility for protecting the health and welfare of the residents of assisted living facilities very seriously. The seriousness of this issue can be seen in the number of rules, codes and laws, both locally and nationally, that govern the conduct and operation of nursing homes within the state of Illinois as well as across the country. Having suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for victims of nursing home negligence. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from nursing home negligence. On many occasions we find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe emotional and physical injuries then victims of other types of negligence and are also often times left with more permanent physical and emotional incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you!

We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

In order for a nursing home or an assisted living facility to qualify for federal funds and to accept federal programs at their facilities, they are required to comply with a number of federal legislative enactments that require these nursing homes to act with the best standards of care and also supply a high quality of life for their residents. Regardless of what state the nursing home or assisted living facility is located in, they must comply with these federal standards. Additionally, if the home is located in the state of Illinois, it must also comply with state and local standards, codes and laws. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation.

In 1987, the United States Congress adopted the “Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987” in response to numerous reports of abuse and neglect that were occurring at nursing homes and assisted living facilities all over the country. The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 (42 CFR §483) imposed quality of life standards that all nursing home and assisted living facilities had to comply with if they wanted to continue receiving funds and benefits under Medicare and Medicaid. The act states that an assisted living facility or nursing home has the obligation to have enough services and activities at the disposal of their residents so as to ensure that all residents are able to attain and maintain their physical, mental and psychological wellbeing in conformity with the residents’ written plan of care.

Under the federal regulations, an assisted living facility or nursing home must:

  • Be adequately staffed with nurses. (42 CFR §483.30)
  • Thoroughly evaluate each resident and determine the functional capacity of each resident. (42 CFR §483.20)
  • Have a comprehensive care plan for each resident at the facility. (42 CFR §483.20)
  • Ensure that resident maintains the ability to dress, transfer and ambulate, eat, bathe and communicate. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Make sure that all residents perform activities of daily living, that they maintain good nutrition, personal oral hygiene and grooming. This has to be done whether or not the residents can do this for themselves. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Ensure all residents get the necessary treatment and any devices that would assist them in maintaining their hearing and vision. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Maintain adequate staffing and nursing care to guarantee that residents do not get pressure sores. In the event a pressure sore develops, the facility has to have the necessary treatment and care available to ensure that the sore heals properly, does not get infected and that no new sores develop. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Provide the necessary treatment to residents that need assistance with the functioning of their bladder. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Ensure the residents are free from accidents and provide enough supervision and assistive devices to make sure there are no accidents. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Ensure that each resident has proper nutrition. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Ensure each resident is properly hydrated and in overall good health. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Ensure that its staff is not committing medical errors or acts that would injure a resident medically. (42 CFR §483.25)
  • Promote each resident’s quality of life. (42 CFR §483.15)
  • Treat each resident with dignity and respect.(42 CFR §483.15)
  • Allow the resident to make choices about their health, the activities they will participate in and their schedules. (42 CFR §483.40)
  • Ensure the necessary medical services to meet each resident’s pharmaceutical needs. (42 CFR §483.60)
  • Manage itself in a way that enables it to use its resources for the most effective and efficient treatment of its residents. (42 CFR §483.75)
  • Maintain accurate, complete and easily accessible clinical records on each resident. (42 CFR §483.75)

Illinois has established the Department of Public Health as the local government body that oversees that the nursing homes and assisted living facilities are complying with the established state standards. Illinois, like many other states, has also passed laws that govern the conduct of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities doing business in the state. These Illinois nursing home laws also afford certain rights to the residents of nursing homes and are intended to protect the residents from unreasonable personal, civil and religious restraints. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides much needed protection for what is the most vulnerable class of our society, the sick and elderly. Residents are protected against abuse, mistreatment and neglect and the act requires that any nursing home or assisted living facility within the state of Illinois must provide a safe and clean living environment for their residents.

The Nursing Home Care Act codifies the rights of nursing home residents. The act states that residents have the right to live fee of abuse and neglect, that residents have the right to control their own financial affairs, that residents should be able to have their own clothes and possessions, that residents should not have any restraints unless a physician orders them, that residents should always have the ability to see and obtain their medical records and that residents should be free without interference to accept visitors, get mail and receive and place phone calls. If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation.

If you or a family member are a resident of an assisted living facility or nursing home and you believe your federal or state rights are being violated, you should contact one of the experienced nursing home lawyers at the law offices of attorney Dan Newlin for advice on your legal options. Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home lawyers will make the protection of your rights their number one priority. Call our office any time for a free consultation.

My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence , and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of nursing home negligence. On many occasions we find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe physical and emotional injuries then victims of other types of negligence. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.

If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.