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This site is designed to provide easy access to important information to you as you consider the important decision of placing someone into a nursing home. Please click on the tabs above to learn more about nursing homes in Illinois, to see how they compare in regards to certain important characteristics and what to do if you suspect neglect.


General Info
Illinois has approximately 1,200 long-term care facilities serving more than 100,000 residents, from the young to the elderly. These facilities are licensed, regulated and inspected at least annually by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Department also assists the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with certifying these facilities for participation in federal payment reimbursement programs.
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Selecting a Nursing Home
When a person can no longer live independently, a decision must be made about the best alternative arrangement for care. Such a decision often must be made during a time of crisis, frequently when the person is ready to leave the hospital after a serious illness or operation. This booklet serves as a guide for those faced with the test of selecting an appropriate care setting for a person who no longer is able to live independently.
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Compare Facilities
Find and compare Nursing Homes in Illinois by city or zip code using the official U.S. Government site for Medicare.

Illinois Nursing Homes

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IDPH sets the standards for nursing home care in Illinois. In Illinois, if you have required nursing home care the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way.
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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Most of the residents in nursing homes are simply not well enough to take care of themselves, and so they require around the clock care and treatment from the staff and physicians of the nursing home. However, the unfortunate reality is that many of those residents eventually deteriorate to the point where they can no longer communicate their wants and needs, or their level of pain. With that, of course, comes their inability to communicate or complain about any abuse or neglect they may be experiencing at the nursing home. That is why family, friends, and loved ones need to learn to identify signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. The following is a non-exhaustive list of red flags to look for:

Signs of physical abuse:

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, wounds, welts or fractures
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Being treated and handled with excessive force
  • Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating
  • Untreated medical or dental problems

Signs of neglect:

  • Bed sores (also knows as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) - this includes the development of new bed sores and the deterioration and worsening of existing sores
  • Infections
  • Not being on an air mattress when the resident has existing deep bed sores
  • Not being repositioned regularly

Download a complete checklist of what to look for when evaluating a nursing home.

Please review and print this checklist.  It is a very useful guide as you decide what nursing home facility is the best for you and your family.

Nursing Home Checklist


Advance Directives
You have a right to make decisions about the health care you receive now and in the future. An advance directive is a written statement about how you want medical decisions made when you can no longer make them. Illinois has three advance directives: health care power of attorney, living will and mental health treatment preference declaration.
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