The News-Gazette reported today on a new University of Illinois Extension website aimed at helping individuals prepare for future long-term care. The interactive site is called “Long-Term Care: Talking, Deciding, Taking Action” and geared toward the nearly 10,000 baby boomers who turn 65 each and every day.
The new tool is an important addition to the arsenal that area seniors and their families can use to make appropriate decisions about how to plan for their twilight years. With Illinois nursing home neglect occurring with startling frequency, it remains vital for families to pay close attention to the decisions they make about long-term care. It is particularly crucial to have an independent analysis of the decision, considering that so many other groups providing information in these matters have a financial stake in the outcome.
As a professor at the university explained, “There’s not much that doesn’t kind of have a commercial axe to grind. There’s a lot of money at stake, especially on the insurance side…We’re trying to approach this from the consumer, from the family’s point of view.”
Specifically, the new website provides information on housing, family dynamics, care giving, and financing. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource that shares information on a wide-range of topics related to long-term care. For example, the site discusses what families should look for in a nursing home, including the proximity to friends, visiting hours, use of personal furniture, and similar issues.
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge all state residents to take the time to conduct proper long-term care planning. Not all nursing home alike. Life in one facility is often completely different than that in others. Understanding the options and making informed choices is the key to ensuring that your loved one receives the treatment that they deserve.
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