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Elder Care Advocates Must Tell Congress to Protect Long-Term Care Programs for Seniors

The fight to protect seniors from elder neglect and abuse requires a wide range of efforts on a variety of fronts. On one hand, our Illinois nursing home neglect lawyers work with individual victims to hold facilities that provide poor care accountable for their conduct. This case-by-case approach provides relief to families and often spurs changes at individual facilities. However, there are also system-wide efforts that must be undertaken to actually prevent abuse before it strikes.

Along those lines, the Consumer Voice released an “Action Alert” this week calling on all advocate to send a message to Congress so that they do not cut important programs for seniors. As many readers know, the “Super Committee” made up of a group of Congress members are currently meeting to discuss ways to trim the federal deficit. Many different proposals have been brought forward upon which the committee may act, usually involving a combination of tax increases, loophole closures, and spending reductions. Clearly, some changes need to be made by lawmakers to ensure long-term national financial stability. Yet, it is important that those changes not result in cuts to programs upon which seniors depend. If that happens, the “cut” may actually be counterproductive, because it will result in more social, financial, and medical problems for the seniors-ultimately costing taxpayers more money to treat.

The Super Committee has been charged with coming forward with a deficit reduction plan by November 23rd. They must essentially cut $1.5 trillion, and so a wide range of essential program that seniors depend on are at risk. All senior advocacy groups are urging seniors and their loved ones to take time to contact members of this committee and urge them to take fair and reasonable steps to reduce the deficit that does not place the lives of our most vulnerable community at risk. There are many ways in which advocates can make their voices heard. The Consumer Voice has an online letter than can be signed urging the Super Committee not to force seniors and the disabled for carrying an unfair share of the deficit burden. In addition, everyone can contact these members on their own via postal mail, email, fax, or phone call. It is particularly important for those people who live in the districts of Super Committee members to take the time to contact their representative and urge fairness in the process.

Our Illinois personal injury lawyers understand how millions of seniors across the country depend on a variety of federal programs to receive the healthcare they need to survive and other basic services. There remains interconnectivity between this sort of aid and the ultimate care provided to seniors throughout the country. Cuts to these programs may mean that fewer senior may be able to live on their own. As a result assisted living facilities may be forced to take on more residents that they have capacity for or for which they can provide reasonable care. As a result nursing home neglect and its attendant consequences may rise.

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