A recent report and scorecard shows Illinois has a high percentage of nursing homes residents with "low-care needs" who could likely live at home and get home care instead. In Illinois, 26.7 percent of nursing home residents have low-care needs, the second-highest percentage of all U.S. states, according to the report by the AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation.
The report also shows Illinois has the third-highest percentage, 25 percent, of "long-stay nursing home residents" in Illinois who receive an antipsychotic medication.
"The reason we started measuring this was, the number of people ... that were receiving anti-psychotic drugs, often didn't have those precursors for needing anti-psychotic drugs," David Vinkler, AARP associate state director, told WUIS. "So what was happening is, they found a use for the drugs in keeping people ... for lack of a better term more docile, and less active."
Overall, however, Illinois was ranked the 15th best state when it comes to long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers.