Bye Bye Criminals

jailpic3Criminals will no longer be able to work in Illinois Nursing Homes.  More than two years ago, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a House Bill 2531 into effect to protect nursing home residents.  Under the new law, nursing homes must do a full background check, including running fingerprints on a national database, prior to hiring employees who have direct interaction with residents.

In addition to employees at nursing homes, the new law also screens prospective employees at: community living facilities, home health agencies, hospices, assisted living facilities, day training programs and community living arrangements.

The new law is welcome news to many nursing home residents who are more likely to become victims of violent crime in a nursing home than at any other time in their life.  Prior to implementation of this law, it was up to nursing home owners to implement their own screening process.  Many violent offenders simply changed their name or provided false information to avoid a ‘name only’ background search.  Unfortunately, the most commonly reported crimes involving nursing home residents are: sexual molestation, assault, battery, robbery and identity theft.

For further information on laws related to Illinois nursing homes, look here.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric