The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act contains resident's "Bill of Rights" generally found at 210 ILCS 45/2-102 through 45/2-113. Under this law, residents of nursing homes in Illinois are guaranteed certain rights. Pursuant to this law, a resident:
The above should only be considered a brief outline of the rights of nursing home residents in Illinois as guaranteed by Illinois law. That same statute contains additional requirements regarding the use of restraints and other matters of importance to nursing home residents and their families.
- Shall be permitted to manage his own financial affairs;
- Shall be permitted to retain his personal property in his immediate living quarters;
- Shall be permitted to retain the services of his own personal physician at his own expense (or pursuant to his own policy of health insurance);
- Shall be permitted to refuse medical treatment;
- Shall be permitted to inspect and copy all his clinical and other records concerning his care and maintenance kept by the facility or by his physician;
- Shall be permitted respect and privacy in his medical and personal care program;
- Shall not be given unnecessary drugs:
- Shall be permitted private non-censured mail and telephone conversations;
- Shall be permitted free exercise of religion;
- Shall not be required to perform labor for a facility.
Nursing home residents in Illinois (and throughout the United States) also have rights pursuant to federal law.