(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Illinois ranks near the bottom in nursing home care for the second consecutive year, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group. The group published its second annual state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.
“Illinois’s ranking shows that nursing homes continued to be riddled with problems,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director. “The state remains among the worst in hiring enough staff to care for residents.”
The state scored failing or below average grades in 5 of 8 categories, ranking lowest in direct care staffing hours per resident (47th), the percentage of facilities with deficiencies (44th), and the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies (39th).
“Inadequate staffing levels continue to fuel widespread neglect and abuse,” said Lee. “Professional nurses and frontline caregivers cannot properly care for residents if they are overworked and short-staffed.”
According to the report card, nearly every nursing home was cited one or more deficiencies. Worst yet, state regulators cited 25 percent of nursing homes for a severe deficiency, indicating ongoing harm to residents.
“We hope this failing nursing home report card serves as a wake up call for Governor Quinn and the Illinois Legislature,” said Lee. “They can reverse the state’s trend of nursing home neglect by passing a tough staffing standard and ensuring the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s independence.”
Illinois’s 2014 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com.
ABOUT FAMILIES FOR BETTER CARE
Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in our nation’s nursing homes and developing solutions for improving quality of life and care. For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.