Two new laws were signed Monday in Illinois to protect vulnerable adults and senior citizens. The new laws improve procedures for reporting and resolving problems with individuals in nursing homes or community settings. House Bill 5703, sponsored by State Representative Mike Unes of East Peoria and State Senator Julie Morrison of Deerfield allows complaints about a nursing home or long term care facility to be submitted electronically to the Illinois Department of Public Health. It also requires that complainant questions be provided on the IDPH website, along with notification that complaints made with less information are far more difficult to respond to and investigate. IDPH will annually review the complaint process and produce reports for long term care advisory boards and councils who can investigate or eliminate frivolous complaints. Illinois Senate Bill 798 expands the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
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