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AARP: Keep Elderly Citizens At Home

AARP:  Keep Elderly Citizens At Home

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

Illinois ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to making sure its elderly citizens can live independently at
home, according to a new scorecard put out by AARP. The group’s associate state director for Illinois, David Vinkler, says the state is investing in home-based community services.

“We’re seeing more and more people turning to home and community-based services first, before going into
an institution. We’re seeing the state investing more money in home and community-based services that keep people out of nursing homes,” he said.

Vinkler says it makes sense to invest in home care options because people would rather stay in their own homes
than live out their days in a nursing home.

He says even with the good ratings, Illinois could afford to step it up in other areas. For example, he says
there are many people in nursing homes who don’t need much care. Vinkler says it would be a good idea for the
state to get those residents more home-based options.

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