Will Illinois lawmakers reform nursing home care?


Some area politicians hope so. Two recent investigations by The Chicago Reporter and the Chicago Tribune pointed to racial disparities and safety concerns in area nursing homes A joint hearing of
the Illinois Senate’s Public Health and Human Services committees will be held tomorrow, Nov. 5 in room 16-503 of the Thompson Center in Chicago.

Lawmakers met Oct. 22 to discuss disparities in nursing home care. “That hearing produced policy recommendations and state Sen. Jacqueline Collins has been working with her colleagues to draft legislation,” according to a press release from the Illinois Senate Majority Caucus Public Health Committee.

The work of both publications helped spur action on the issue.

Among the findings:

  • Illinois has the highest number of poorly rated black nursing homes in the country, according to The Chicago Reporter’s investigation, “Critical Condition.”
  • “Government, law enforcement and the industry have failed to adequately manage the resulting influx of younger residents who shuttle into nursing facilities from jail cells, shelters and psychiatric wards,” according to the Chicago Tribune’s investigation, “Compromised Care.”

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