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Bertino-Tarrant wants to ensure proper dementia care

5/11/2016, 11:57 a.m.
A new bill being bill being proposed would ensure that dementia care patients would receive specialized care suited to their ...

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.