New Nursing Home Laws

Governor Rauner recently signed a bill that could affect senior citizens in our area.

Backed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Rauner signed legislation that would allow nursing home residents or their families to install cameras in their rooms.

This ruling comes as a result of the roughly 19,000 calls the Illinois Department of Public Health receives regarding neglect and abuse.

“We’re all accountable, we all feel that there is a zero tolerance toward abuse, it might help some of us sometimes when there is a ‘he said she said,’ and you’re trying to sift out fact from fiction, if you have some data on a camera it can help us make some good decisions about how we counsel our staff,” said Marilyn Daley, Administrator of St. Patrick’s Residence.

Nursing homes will be required to notify all visitors that their actions could be recorded and adjust living situations for the residents who do not want a camera in their room.

The cost would be covered by residents or their families.

The law will go into effect January 1, 2016.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek Reports

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