Monday, November 17, 2008

New Statute Requires Nursing Homes to Share Consumer Information

The Illinois legislature recently passed Public Act 95-823, which requires Illinois nursing homes to complete annual "Consumer Choice Information Reports." The reports, will give prospective residents and their families information about ownership of the nursing home, medical care, services, staffing, safety, security, meals, rooms, furnishings, special services and amenities. Facilities will be required to make the information available to prospective residents and to post the results on the internet. The Illinois Department of Aging and the Attorney General have the authority to verify the accuracy of the information. Violations of the act constitute a violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The law goes into effect on January 1, 2009. Although the reports are only one source among many to check before choosing a nursing home, it will still be a helpful resource. If you or a loved one are considering a nursing home placement after January 1, 2009, be sure to ask for a copy of the "Consumer Choice Information Report."

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