Dear Illinois Legislator,
Nursing and rehabilitation facilities provide a safety net
of care that cannot be provided at home and cannot be found
in a hospital. Nursing and rehabilitation centers deliver
more advanced, essential clinical services to a wider range
of individuals than ever before. Providing for long term needs
that cannot be addressed at home or in the hospital is the
reality of nursing and rehabilitation centers today.
Because of a state budget crisis in 1993, nursing home rates
were "frozen" based on the costs and wages reported
in 1992 and the condition of the residents assessed in 1993.
The occasional inflationary increases of the past few years
have not kept pace with real costs, real wages, and real patient
No longer the nursing home of the past, or even ten
years ago, today's nursing and rehabilitation centers and caregivers
provide and accommodate for shorter stays, higher acuity, and rehabilitative
and restorative treatments like dialysis, ventilator care and sophisticated
In order to assure that nursing home care in Illinois
keeps pace with the needs of its 100,000 residents in nursing and
rehabilitation centers throughout the state, we need your help.
Increased funding will allow nursing homes to ensure adequate staffing
levels, and provide for the restorative, preventative and wellness
services that our residents deserve.
Please help ensure this safety net remains strong,
now and in the future. Thank you for your support.
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