The Residents’ Bill of Rights: Protection Against Illinois Elder Abuse

November 4, 2013

4The Nursing Home Reform Act was passed in 1987 in an effort to reduce nursing home negligence and to ensure a standard of quality care for residents depending on the long-term care provided by medical professionals. And today, despite the laws and regulations that have been put in place over the 25 years, nursing home negligence is still prevalent. Patients are injured, go unfed, and are neglected, often left helpless to respond to the poor care being provided to them. However, because The Residents’ Bill of Rights exists, guilty parties can be held accountable for deliberate neglect and denial of patient rights.

If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect in Illinois, an experienced attorney can help you better understand these patient rights, and who might be liable if your loved one was injured.

The Residents’ Bill of Rights

  • The right to freedom from abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.
  • The right to freedom from physical restraints.
  • Right to privacy.
  • The right to have accommodations for medical, physical, psychological, and social needs.
  • The right to participate in resident and family groups.
  • The right to be treated with dignity.
  • The right to exercise self-determination.
  • The right to communicate freely (with family, friends, other residents, and staff).
  • The Right to participate in the review or one’s care plan, and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment, or change of status in the facility.
  • The Right to voice grievances without fear of discrimination or reprisal.


Our experienced, personal injury attorneys at Lane Brown have a successful history of fighting for the rights of victims of serious injury or wrongful death accidents. We may be able to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to after a nursing home neglect incident. Call 312-332-1400 today to schedule your free case evaluation.



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