Tougher Regulations For Illinois Nursing Facilities Caring For Children Coming In Near Future

The widely publicized Chicago Tribune investigative article regarding a large number of neglect-related deaths of children at a Chicago nursing facility appears to have caught the attention of Illinois officials.

Recently, Illinois officials held meetings with child advocacy groups and representatives from facilities that care for disabled children in order to get input regarding legislation to help protect this vulnerable group from mistreatment.

Tougher Regulations For Illinois Nursing Facilities Caring For ChildrenIn response to a similar series of articles the Chicago Tribune did regarding the problems encountered at more ‘traditional’ nursing homes, legislation was quickly passed to protect the growing nursing home population.

However, despite the improved regulation from the new legislation in the traditional nursing home setting, the legislature exempted facilities that care for people with developmental disabilities– facilities that commonly car for children.

In addition to considering the expansion of current legislation to facilities that care for children, advocacy groups seek more extensive rules such as higher fines for improper care and mandatory notification of the medical examiner in cases where a child dies at the facility.  The inclusion of the medical examiner would theoretically assist in determining the if the child’s death was indeed related to mistreatment.

Representatives from nursing facilities that care for disabled children, encourage application of any new legislation to encompass all facilities that care for children and young-adults– such as group homes.

I strongly support the prospect of this much needed legislation to protect children living in facilities and away from their families.  I look forward to watching this legislation progress and certainly will keep Nursing Home Law Center LLC readers updated with developments.

For laws related to Illinois nursing homes, look here.


Advocated urge tougher rules for nursing facilities for disabled November 15, 2010 Chicago Tribune by Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins

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One response to “Tougher Regulations For Illinois Nursing Facilities Caring For Children Coming In Near Future”

  1. Bonita Caddell says:

    This is truly a horrible tragedy for these children. Don’t these children have a right to be loved like the rest of us? Isn’t there anything we can do for them? I know there are many different scenarios and situations of why these children are in these nursing homes but each reason has a solution.
    I am a pediatric nurse and I have seen firsthand children living in nursing homes.
    Most are there because their parents have abandoned them. They are the ones who have no one to look out for them, no visitors, no advocate, no voice because most can’t speak.
    Things may happen to them, but no one knows. Who checks on these children? I have seen the state come in periodically to do their checks, but that’s rare, it’s scheduled and the nursing home gets ready for them so everything “Looks” good.
    The state agent doesn’t actually go into the patient’s room. There should be outside independent groups who go in and advocate for these children. I believe there are many people who would foster and adopt these children if only they were aware that they are out there in need. There needs to be more awareness of this issue.
    Good people could be empowered, trained to care for these prsious children. I suggest TV commercials like for the abandoned and abused animals that they have now on TV.I also suggest A “Match” program. Family gets “matched” with handicapped child. I suggest power point presentations of these handicapped children, presented in the thousands of churches that exists here in America, where the people who would most likely be willing to adopt and foster.
    I suggested more training and money for home health care support for families with Handicapped children which would be way cheaper than nursing homes. The nursing homes get paid VERY WELL to care for these children, that money could be transferred for nursing home care and support services.
    There are many other reasons why children end up in nursing homes such as from their very birth the Physicians in the hospital actually advise the parents to place them in nursing homes. I have spoke with many, many parents and they all were told to place them in nursing homes. The physicians need to be re-trained in what they advise.
    The next reason is after they actually arrive in the nursing home. The parents are told that the child will be cared for completely and the parents are not encouraged to visit, because they will see incompetence’s and the nursing home doesn’t want that. The social workers in the nursing homes don’t advocate for the foster and adoption of the child because they work for the home and the home gets paid VERY WELL for their handicapped patients.
    I know I have seen all of the above. The question is what we can do to help these children get out and get either home with their own family or find them loving homes?

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