In Quincy, administrator Jonni Bullington highlighted the great difficulties Medicaid cuts have had on seniors in nursing homes. “Very few residents can get podiatry care. Elderly folks with deteriorating vision can’t read the newspaper or a letter from a loved one because they get only one pair of glasses every two years. Every day I see the devastating impact it can have on nursing home residents. It’s unacceptable.”
In Bloomington, as residents filled out cards to send to Illinois legislators, Pat Comstock, executive director of the Health Care Council of Illinois, had a strong message for elected officials trying to balance budgets on the backs of the poor and elderly, "It’s shameful to deny people the ability to eat solid food because the state claims there isn’t enough money for dentures. These are real people who have worked hard for their whole lives. They deserve proper medical care so they can live the rest of their lives with dignity.”
Friday, nursing home residents will rally in Rock Island at St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located at 767 30th St. at 10am and then in Rockford at Amberwood Care Centre located at 2313 N Rockton Ave. at 2:30pm.