Elderly people across Illinois may suffer when budget cuts are scheduled to take effect October 1. These budget cuts will reduce the number of trained advocates who visit nursing homes to expose and prevent elderly abuse and neglect. The president of the Illinois Association of Long-Term Care Ombudsmen is very worried about the effect that these cuts will have on nursing home care. The 19 percent funding cut will result in layoffs and reductions in staff hours for people who regularly visit facilities. The regular presence of ombudsmen is vitally important to those residents who are unable to speak on their own behalf. Long-term care ombudsmen, who are not state employees, inform residents and families of their rights, resolve care-related problems and help protect residents from financial abuse by relatives. They also assist residents and families in filing complaints with the Illinois Department of Public Health about nursing home care. To read more about the budget cuts, please click the link.