Urgent Action Alert: May 4, 2023


May 4, 2023 | by Amber Smock

URGENT: Fight Against Illinois Nursing Home Retaliation

Access Living friends and allies,

It’s no secret that retaliation against residents happens in nursing homes. If a resident complains about what happens in a nursing home, or is perceived as getting out of line, nursing homes have a variety of ways to punish them. For example, they can restrict or take away privileges, treat residents in a hostile manner, or neglect their care. Members of the Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition (IRRC) are leading a fight to better protect Illinois nursing home residents against retaliatory action. IRRC is made up of nursing home residents, survivors, and allies.

Right now, IRRC needs our help. IRRC is working with state legislators to pass HB 3716 and its amendment, known as HA 3. HB 3716 would set up a task force to create a five-year plan to move more people out of nursing facilities. HCA 3 would provide for stronger protection against nursing home retaliation. While the nursing home industry is in agreement with the task force, they are opposing the retaliation piece. We need YOUR help to ensure that Illinois legislators support nursing home residents.

Please take action TODAY! At the link, you can send an email to your Illinois State Representative and State Senator. HB 3716 and HCA 3 need to pass the Illinois House ASAP. If it does, it would then go to the Senate.

We need all our Illinois state legislators to know this is important to us! Please take action at the link now.

Access Living works to get people out of nursing homes every day. Although we appreciate the nursing facility staff that work with us to help people return to the community, we also hear about situations of retaliation, abuse or neglect. We know this is real. Access Living community members are also a part of IRRC, and we are a supporting organization. The voices and experiences of nursing home survivors matter.

Please share this important action alert TODAY! Thank you.