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Pilot Program May Affect Care of Illinois Nursing Home Residents

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care recently announced the beginning of new pilot projects seeking to improve nursing home care at many facilities across the country. The new programs will be tested for the next three years in a variety of areas with a specific focus on improving the care received by those in non-nursing home settings. The project was conceived because there remains a need for stronger advocacy and coordination with home and community-based care services.

The programs will join with partner organization to identify current barriers to effective non-nursing home care. Working with state officials, the Consumer Voice will seek to develop communication strategies so that potential consumers of this care are educated on their options. In addition, the program involves coordination with national groups to implement health reform, understand the consumer perspective of these issues, and make far reaching policy recommendations.

The director of the organization explains that “this initiative allows us to use [our] valuable experience and advance consumer advocacy in all care settings.”

One of the founding partners of our nursing home law firm, Steve Levin, serves on the Leadership Council of Consumer Voice. The organization remains the only national organization bringing long-term care consumers together to influence policy across the nation. Under Steve’s leadership our Chicago nursing home lawyers work each day to advocate for the rights of neglected nursing home residents and their families. We invite all those who have not received the care they felt they deserved to contact our offices to learn more about their legal rights.

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