A nursing home resident doesn't lose any rights, benefits, or privileges guaranteed by law because they have moved into a nursing home. The laws also give nursing home residents certain additional rights. Many of these rights are listed below. If a nursing facility violates any of these rights, residents may seek help from the long-term care ombudsman, file a grievance with the nursing home, file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), or file a lawsuit. There are also several organizations which may assist a resident with filing the complaints or lawsuits.