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AARP Ranks Illinois 15th For Long Term Care

Illinois is 15th in the nation when it comes to making sure its elderly citizens can live independently, at home.  That's according to a new scorecard put out by AARP.  

The group's Associate State Director for Illinois, David Vinkler says the state is doing a great job 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 to keep people out of nursing homes," said Vinkler.

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

Vinkler notes even with the good ratings, Illinois could afford to step it up in other areas.  For example, he says there are quite a few people in nursing homes who don't need a whole lot of care.  Vinkler says it might be a good idea for the state to try to get those residents more home based options.

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