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Nursing Home Safety Task Force

Governor Quinn Signs Historic Legislation to Reform Long-Term Care in Illinois

Laws will Improve Safety in Nursing Homes, Increase Staffing and Quality Standards, and Fight Fraud and Abuse

CHICAGO " July 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed historic legislation that transforms Illinois' system of care for frail older adults and persons with disabilities. The new law is the product of months of research and deliberation initiated by the Nursing Home Safety Task Force that Governor Quinn appointed in October. The task force was charged with ensuring all Illinois nursing home residents are safe and receive the treatment appropriate for their condition. ( read full release... )

For more information on SB 326: Fact Sheet [PDF, 44KB], Text of the Legislation

Final Report of the Nursing Home Safety Task Force

February 19, 2010. The final report of the Nursing Home Safety Task Force was presented to Governor Pat Quinn today. The report details recommendations to ensure the safety of nursing home residents and build a better system of treatment for people in need of care for physical or mental illnesses, disorders or disabilities. Governor Quinn formed the Task Force in October of 2009 in response to reports of violence and unsafe, inadequate care for vulnerable nursing home residents. To read the full report, please click on the link below:

Final Report (PDF, 281KB)

"I want to thank the Nursing Home Safety Task Force members for their thorough and thoughtful work. Their recommendations point the way to a system of long-term care that respects the needs and rights of all residents," said Governor Quinn. " I look forward to evaluating their proposals, and working with legislators, advocates and state agencies to make these reforms a reality."

Chaired by Senior Health Policy Advisor Michael Gelder, the Task Force examined a wide array of laws, policies and practices that contributed to substandard care and harm to vulnerable nursing home residents. With extensive input from many contributors through seven public meetings and an interactive website, the Task Force developed a comprehensive set of recommendations to fundamentally reform Illinois' system of long-term care.

Among the Nursing Home Safety Task Force recommendations:

  • Reform the admissions and assessment of people in need of care to ensure they are referred to the residential setting most appropriate to their individual needs.
  • Raise and enforce higher standards of treatment in all residential settings.
  • Expand residential options and services in home and community-based settings to allow each individual to achieve his or her highest level of independent functioning and ensure that only those people who require 24-hour care are placed in nursing homes.

The Nursing Home Safety Task Force included senior leadership from eight state agencies, and heard testimony from a wide range of nursing home residents, owners, advocates and service providers.