Individuals at both homes took time to draft messages and sign their own Bill of Rights which will be sent to the governor and legislators urging them to support consistent quality care for nursing home residents in Illinois. Residents also signed a large banner that will be hand delivered to the governor's office when our statewide tour is complete.
To better channel the patriotic spirit of our founding fathers who signed the original Bill of Rights, residents, family and staff donned patriotic hats and pins and signed their Nursing Home Resident Bill of Rights with feather quills.
"Without these protections, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will try to reduce costs by incentivizing the denial of nursing home care," St. Anthony's Administrator Tim Bledsoe warned. "But many frail and elderly Illinois residents need to live in a nursing home like this because they require highly skilled round-the-clock care."