May 31, 2011
An Illinois nursing home abuse bill that will allow for more serious penalties for abuse in nursing homes has passed the Illinois House. The bill, which specifically aims to thwart abuse in homes for developmentally disabled people, passed the House 69-45.
The bill also sets improved rules and guidelines for homes that care for developmentally disabled people and aims to prepare people with developmental challenges to leave nursing homes and live in the outside world.
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, who sponsored the bill, said “We’re going to start looking at teaching people how to cook, possibly some vocational stuff. We’re going to sit down and start working on that.”
The bill, which will now go to thee senate, was inspired by a Chicago Tribune series which uncovered abuse in nursing homes for people with developmental challenges.
It is not uncommon throughout our country for nursing homes, whether they be for our elders or any people who need extra help, to be guilty of abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home you should report the problem to authorities and contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you explore your legal options.