SPRINGFIELD – People searching for long-term care facilities are a step closer to avoiding misleading information regarding available services, thanks to a measure championed by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago).
“Imagine not being able to access information on potential long-term care facilities due to incorrect and misleading information,” Villa said. “Finding a long-term care facility that fits the needs of the patients is hard enough – the facility’s websites should not add to the confusion.”
Villa’s measure would eliminate an obligation for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to label the Consumer Choice search tool with the name “Resident’s Right to Know.” This elimination would allow residents additional information on services offered by facilities, including memory care, transportation, dialysis, multilingual staff and more without being misled or confused.
“Every future resident should have the same access to information regarding their future,” Villa said. “Let’s make this process less difficult for vulnerable populations by eliminating the confusion.”
Senate Bill 4024 passed the Senate floor and now heads to the House for further consideration.
Villa also hosts a Senior Advisory Committee that meets on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom, where this topic and other matters are discussed. To receive the link and agenda contact her office at email@example.com.