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Aiding Your Elder Loved Ones -- The ISBA on How to Help

Question:  If I have proof that my elderly uncle is being mistreated at his nursing home, is there anything I can do to help? Answer:  In addition to numerous Federal laws, the safety and rights of nursing home residents in Illinois are protected under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.  The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of enforcing the Nursing Home Care Act throughout the state.  The right to be free from abuse and neglect; restraints, unless ordered by a physician to protect a resident; and the ability to refuse medical treatment are among some of the resident’s rights. Alleged violations can be reported through the Nursing Home Ombudsman Program administered by the Illinois Department on Aging. An experienced lawyer may also be able to help.   For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org. Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs

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