Nursing homes and other medical care facilities are required to meet the standards established for them by law to ensure that their residents are safe. In Illinois and other states throughout the nation, care facilities must employ adequate numbers of nurses, doctors and support staff to provide ailing individuals with sufficient attention to meet their medical needs. An unfortunate trend throughout the state threatens to put some Illinois care residents in jeopardy of suffering nursing home abuse.
Families for Better Care is an advocacy organization that monitors nursing and care homes throughout the country. It recently ranked the 50 states in terms of the quality of care each provides to individuals in nursing homes. Based on the organization's rankings, Illinois finished in the bottom ten of all states.