Governor Quinn’s new Nursing Home Safety Task Force will hear testimony from elder care advocates, service providers and residents in an open, public meeting. It also announced a Web site that takes citizens’ comments and recommendations. Task Force leader Michael Gelder stated, “All of us have a role to play in ensuring the safety and well-being of nursing home residents, and we urge the public to join us in this critical work.” He added that all of Illinois will be needed to meet this challenge. The task force was formed in response to a Chicago Tribune expose which found that elderly and disabled nursing home residents were allegedly assaulted, raped and even killed by mentally ill criminals also living in the facility. Illinois relies on nursing homes to house psychiatric patients more than any other state. Hopefully the new task force will help resolve the problem and decrease the nursing home abuse. To read more about the hearing meeting, please click the link.