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AARP Illinois Urges the State Government to Hold Nursing Homes Accountable for 'COVID-19'-Related Illnesses and Deaths


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THOUSANDS OF LONG-TERM-CARE FACILITIES, NATIONWIDE, HAVE EXPERIENCED CORONAVIRUS-OUTBREAKS.  AND, SEVERAL OF ILLINOIS' OWN NURSING-HOMES HAVE BEEN TRAGIC EXAMPLES.  THAT'S WHY "A-A-R-P ILLINOIS" URGES THE STATE-GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TAKING ACTION.  BOB GALLO IS THE GROUP'S STATE-DIRECTOR...

(GALLO):
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THE PANDEMIC IS WAGING WAR AGAINST OUR GREATEST GENERATION--BUT OUR NURSING-HOMES ARE LOSING THE FIGHT.  AND, AS EACH DAY PASSES, WE'RE INCREASINGLY WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THOSE INSIDE.  LAST YEAR, WE SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED FOR A MEASURE THAT REQUIRES NURSING-HOMES TO ADHERE TO THE STATE'S STANDARDS FOR DIRECT-CARE STAFFING--AND INCLUDES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HOMES THAT DON'T ABIDE BY STAFFING-RULES.  NOW, WE CALL UPON STATE-LEADERS TO HEIGHTEN TRANSPARENCY OF 'COVID-19'-CASES AND -DEATHS, ALIKE; TO ENHANCE ACCESS TO BOTH TESTING AND 'PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT'; TO REQUIRE HOMES TO COMMUNICATE WITH FAMILY-MEMBERS, ABOUT THEIR LOVED-ONE'S HEALTH AND SAFETY; AND TO MAKE AVAILABLE 'VIRTUAL VISITATION', BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND FAMILY-MEMBERS.  THERE'S NO SIMPLE ROADMAP FOR PROTECTING THOSE IN NURSING-HOMES, DURING A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC.  BUT, WE'LL CONTINUE USING THE COURAGE AND HEARTBREAKING STORIES OF FAMILIES AND NURSING-STAFF ALIKE, TO BOTH INSPIRE AND GUIDE OUR WORK."

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A-A-R-P ILLINOIS" NOW HAS A TOLL-FREE HOTLINE, FOR SHARING STORIES AND CONCERNS ABOUT LOVED-ONES IN NURSING-HOMES; CALL 1-844-226-1190, TO SPEAK LIVE WITH A STAFF-MEMBER.  CALLERS WILL NEED TO SIGN A RELEASE, IN ORDER FOR "A-A-R-P ILLINOIS" TO SHARE THEIR OWN STORY.  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"I-L".



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