Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Face Challenges To Independence

By Jenni Bergal for Kaiser Health News This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today. The 2.3 million elderly or disabled people living in nursing homes or assisted living centers might not know it, but they’ve got an advocate – someone who’s supposed to be looking out for their health, safety and rights. In 2011, state long-term care ombudsmen – assisted by hundreds of local ombudsmen programs and thousands of volunteers – responded to 204,000 complaints nationwide. They ranged …

Nursing Homes in Illinois: The Next Steps

Hello, readers. This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications team. It was less than two years ago that advocates, legislators and state government got together to craft legislation that has significantly improved care and safety conditions for thousands of nursing home residents in Illinois. AARP was at the center of the reform along with SEIU, Illinois Citizens for Better Care, The Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and the Community Renewal Society.  State Senators Heather Steans and Jacqueline Collins, and State Reps. …