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Task Force Addresses Safety in Illinois Nursing Homes

A task force is meeting for the first time to address assaults, rapes and murders in Illinois nursing homes. After Illinois has shut down state-run mental hospitals, nursing homes have had to pick up the slack. An AP analysis found Illinois ranks highest in the nation in the number of the mentally ill adults under the age of 65 living in nursing homes. The Chicago Tribune recently examined how violent felons living in nursing homes put frail elderly at risk. The governor formed the task force to bring together agencies that regulate nursing homes and screen potential residents. The advocacy group, Illinois Citizens for Better Care and Wendy Meltzer, say they have that the task force members will solve problems rather than make excuses. This could be a positive step for Illinois to improve their record of nursing home abuse. To read more about the task force, please click the link.