Speakers urged state legislators and Governor Quinn to oppose any further cuts in funding or care for elderly nursing home residents.
"We're here to raise our voices for our wonderful nursing home families," Pat Comstock, Executive Director of Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI), told the crowd. "We want to let Governor Quinn and state legislators and everyone know that we cannot continue to balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens."
Comstock also reminded supporters that Illinois is already last in the nation when it comes to Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes. "Now, lawmakers are considering a new payment plan that could severely impact care for up to 14,000 nursing home residents in the Chicago area alone," Comstock said.
This new plan could cut care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, imposing an even greater burden on families who need the services of a nursing home to provide 24/7 care for their loved ones.
Monday's rally marked the end of a statewide tour to generate awareness for the campaign to Be a Star for Nursing Home Residents.