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Illinois Budget threatens community-baseed and in-home care for elderly

The budget being debated in the Illinois General Assembly threatens in-home and community-based care services for the elderly. As the population ages, Illinois should be looking for more ways to accommodate as many people as possible. However, the state is investing mainly in nursing homes. Seniors that need basic care will be forced to move to nursing homes even though they are able to live at home with some assistance. Such programs as delivering meals to rural seniors, improving community programs and helping manages seniors’ medication could receive a serious blow. Seniors who can maintain a semi-independent living situation should continue to do so, instead of being unnecessarily confined to nursing home care.

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