Dementia

  • Care for dementia patients SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals who reside in facilities that care for dementia patients would have the ability to install video and audio monitoring devices in their loved one’s room under a plan sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) that passed the Senate this afternoon.

    “No one who is being cared for by medical staff should ever have to worry about being abused or taken advantage of,” Link said. “While we know most care staff treat their patients with dignity and respect, allowing video monitoring equipment will serve as a deterrent to misconduct and offer peace of mind to family members.”

  • jbt041415SPRINGFIELD— Legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) that would create minimum training standards for residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care has been signed into law.

    Prior to the law, residential and community-based programs could advertise that they specialize in providing dementia care without being adequately trained in how to work with dementia patients.

    “People who have dementia deserve the best care possible,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law ensures that staff have been trained, protects patients, and gives families peace of mind.”

    This initiative is necessary because some places have advertised that they are experts in dementia care without having the training to back up their claims.

    The Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 210,000 Illinois residents are affected by dementia. It is anticipated that there will be a 25 percent increase in dementia patients in nine years due to the aging baby boomer population.

    Senate Bill 2301 is effective immediately.

  • jbt dementiacareSPRINGFIELD— Under current Illinois law, residential and community-based programs can advertise that they specialize in providing dementia care without being adequately trained in how to work with dementia patients.

    State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) wants that to change.

    “A person with dementia deserves the best care possible,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The plan I’m backing will protect health care consumers from false advertising claims and ensure that staff taking care of dementia patients have been trained.”

    Legislation the senator is co-sponsoring would create minimum training standards for all residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care. The measure is necessary because some places have advertised that they are experts in dementia care without having the training to back up their claims.

    The Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 210,000 Illinois residents are affected by dementia. It is anticipated that there will be a 25 percent increase in dementia patients in nine years due to the aging baby boomer population.

    Senate Bill 2301 recently passed out of the Illinois Senate. It now goes to the Illinois House for approval.