News

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.

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

Vallas Rips Rauner Budget Proposal

Fresh
vallas

The numbers don't add up, Dem lt gov candidate says

in Local

More Good Weather Leads to More Good Crops

Fresh
crops

81 pct corn, 69 pct soybeans in good to excellent condition.

in Local

An Ill Wind at Southwind Park

Fresh
local_news_generic

Wind turbine to be fixed

in Local

Will County I-55 Crashes Kill Five

medical

Illinois State Police are reporting five people were killed in accidents involving trucks and autos on Interstate 55 south of Chicago in Will County.

in Election 2014, Local

Appellate Court Will Hear Term Limits Appeal

ballot

An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot.