AARP Ranks Quality of Life for Illinois Long-Term Care Residents as Poor

LP-long-term-care-ratings-blog-300x207AARP has reviewed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to highlight progress and pace of change, as well as identify needs for the improvements of long-term care services and support systems for older adults, people with physical disabilities (those who cannot perform daily activities on their own because of physical, cognitive, or chronic health conditions), and family caregivers. The scorecard, Picking Up The Pace of Change, shows that although many states have made some advancements in care scenarios, most systems aren’t changing fast enough to support the growing trends the baby boomer generation will demand within the next decade.

The scorecard ranks states based on their performance in these five main categories:

  • Affordability and access
  • Choice of setting and provider
  • Quality of life and quality of care
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Effective transitions between nursing homes, hospitals and homes

How Illinois Ranks
Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Illinois ranked in at the No. 30 slot giving the state’s 1,200+ long-term-care facilities a mediocre rating and leaving plenty of room to improve the quality of life and quality of care for residents and their caregivers.

The specific scorecard revealed these rankings for Illinois, starting with the lowest:

  1. Quality of Life & Quality of Care: 44
  2. Effective Transitions: 44
  3. Support for Family Caregivers: 29
  4. Affordability and Access: 26
  5. Choice of Setting and Provider: 8

After a close review of these five categories, AARP then scored Illinois in 25 specific indicators, including such things as Medicaid spending, antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents, long nursing home stays, and support of working caregivers.

Illinois ranked poorly in several of these indicators, including:

  • Percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication: 48
  • Percent of nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia with one or more potentially burdensome transitions at end of life: 47
  • Percent of adults age 21+ with ADL disabilities at or below 250% of poverty receiving Medicaid: 41

Although these facilities are licensed, regulated, inspected and/or certified by a number of public and private agencies at the state and federal levels, including the Illinois Department of Public Health, the scorecard conclusions bring obvious concerns related to the challenges long-term care residents and their caregivers face in our state.

Neighboring Indiana sits dead last for providing the worst long-term care services and supports in the nation. To review the full list published in 2017, visit the AARP scorecard here.

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