Nursing homes can differ in definition. Generally, however, they can be defined as a facility that provides residential care for a group of people who require continual nursing care, and would have difficulty living on their own. Nurses and/or nursing aides are usually available on a continual basis at nursing homes.
Nursing home residents vary, and can have various characteristics. While some are elderly, other nursing home residents can be younger and have a variety of special needs because of physical or mental characteristics.
An excerpt from Wikipedia’s nursing home page:
A nursing home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, rest home or intermediate care provides a type of residential care. It is a place of residence for people who require continual nursing care and have significant difficulty coping with the required activities of daily living. Nursing aides and skilled nurses are usually available 24 hours a day.
As to nursing homes in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides a page on Illinois nursing homes titled “Nursing Homes In Illinois.” An excerpt:
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.
The Department’s Bureau of Long-term Care is responsible for making sure nursing homes comply with the provisions of the state Nursing Home Care Act. In addition, under a cooperative agreement with CMS, the Department conducts certification surveys to ensure facilities receiving Medicaid (state) or Medicare (federal) money for resident payment abide by applicable federal regulations.
Each year, Department surveyors conduct about 10,000 surveys, including annual licensure inspections, complaint investigations and reinspections. The Department’s 24-hour a day Nursing Home Hotline (800-252-4343) receives nearly 19,000 calls and, as a result, staff respond to more than 5,000 complaints.
This Illinois Department of Public Health nursing home page also contains a variety of subjects, including Illinois nursing home regulation, how to select a nursing home, quarterly reports of nursing home violation, and a listing of Illinois nursing homes.
As well, it provides a link to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.