State of Illinois
2005 and 2006


Introduced 2/16/2005, by Sen. Wendell E. Jones


210 ILCS 45/3-202   from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 4153-202

    Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides for minimum staffing standards for any dedicated unit within a nursing facility that provides treatment and care to residents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

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1     AN ACT concerning regulation.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Nursing Home Care Act is amended by changing
5 Section 3-202 as follows:
6     (210 ILCS 45/3-202)  (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 4153-202)
7     Sec. 3-202. The Department shall prescribe minimum
8 standards for facilities. These standards shall regulate:
9     (1) Location and construction of the facility, including
10 plumbing, heating, lighting, ventilation, and other physical
11 conditions which shall ensure the health, safety, and comfort
12 of residents and their protection from fire hazard;
13     (2) Number and qualifications of all personnel, including
14 management and nursing personnel, having responsibility for
15 any part of the care given to residents; specifically, the
16 Department shall establish staffing ratios for facilities
17 which shall specify the number of staff hours per resident of
18 care that are needed for professional nursing care for various
19 types of facilities or areas within facilities;
20     (2.5) The staffing of any unit, within a facility,
21 dedicated to the treatment and care of residents with
22 Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The staffing ratio shall not
23 exceed 5 residents for every registered nurse;
24     (3) All sanitary conditions within the facility and its
25 surroundings, including water supply, sewage disposal, food
26 handling, and general hygiene, which shall ensure the health
27 and comfort of residents;
28     (4) Diet related to the needs of each resident based on
29 good nutritional practice and on recommendations which may be
30 made by the physicians attending the resident;
31     (5) Equipment essential to the health and welfare of the
32 residents;



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1     (6) A program of habilitation and rehabilitation for those
2 residents who would benefit from such programs;
3     (7) A program for adequate maintenance of physical plant
4 and equipment;
5     (8) Adequate accommodations, staff and services for the
6 number and types of residents for whom the facility is licensed
7 to care, including standards for temperature and relative
8 humidity within comfort zones determined by the Department
9 based upon a combination of air temperature, relative humidity
10 and air movement. Such standards shall also require facility
11 plans that provide for health and comfort of residents at
12 medical risk as determined by the attending physician whenever
13 the temperature and relative humidity are outside such comfort
14 zones established by the Department.
15     (9) Development of evacuation and other appropriate safety
16 plans for use during weather, health, fire, physical plant,
17 environmental and national defense emergencies; and
18     (10) Maintenance of minimum financial or other resources
19 necessary to meet the standards established under this Section,
20 and to operate and conduct the facility in accordance with this
21 Act.
22 (Source: P.A. 83-1530.)
23     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
24 becoming law.