Chicago, IL- When a family has no choice but to put their elderly loved one in a nursing, there are a lot of things they need to consider including a facility’s location, staffing levels and the number of citations a facility has. But one thing many families don’t think to do is inquire about the criminal background of the home’s residents because they don’t realize felons and sex offenders are living in nursing homes across Illinois.
Illinois Nursing Home Laws
When a felons and sexual abusers age and are unable to care for themselves, a nursing home or other long-term care facility may be the only place where they can go to live out the rest of their lives or get the one-on-one care they require. Under Illinois law, nursing homes are allowed to admit residents with felonies on their record, but that facility must take the appropriate steps to protect other residents.
Nursing homes in the state are required to background checks to determine if any residents gave a criminal record and are physically capable of harming staff or fellow residents. Nursing homes need to conduct these background checks, so they can take steps to protect their employees and residents.
Any facility you are considering must tell you if they have any residents with criminal convictions or sexual assault charges on their records. Facilities are not required to tell you the name of residents with criminal pasts, but a facility can post signs on the floors on which the criminal offenders live to notify the public of their presence.
Is Your Loved One at Risk?
Some people with felony records, do their time and never commit and don’t commit other offense or harm another person for the rest of their lives. However, there is a high recidivism rate for sexual offenders. So, whether a convicted felon is a risk to other residents depends on their physical and mental capabilities and the nature of their conviction.
Sadly, the current state of the U.S. mental health system is in disarray, so many mentally ill people end up in jail when they should be in a psychiatric hospital. Once mentally ill inmates are released and need long-term care, they are put in nursing homes. Unfortunately, nursing homes are not equipped nor do they have the staffing to give mentally ill patients the care needed to keep them from harming themselves or others.
If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, USAttorneys recommends you set up a case evaluation with one of the lawyers at Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd at (312) 384-1920. They can determine of a nursing home’s negligence led to your loved one’s harm. A facility can be held accountable even if a resident is responsible for hurting an older adult. Call their office today and set up a consultation.