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Lawmakers Investigate Nursing Home Abuse

Illinois Senators have heard about both civil rights violations and the need for community housing for dangerous people as they begin to explore ways to improve nursing home safety. Illinois state senators co-chaired the joint committee considering ways to correct the problems uncovered by the Chicago Reporter and the Chicago Tribune. One explored attacks on patients by ex-convicts while the other discussed the issue that nursing homes housing African-Americans provide worse care than those housing whites. Michael Gelder, the head of the Nursing Home Safety Task force said that more funding is needed for nursing home safety. Also, more ombudsmen are needed to decrease nursing home abuse. To read more about the Illinois investigation, please click the link.