A Public Forum on issues related to long term care was held on December 8, 2010, at the Governor's Conference on Aging, Chicago, Illinois. The sponsors and organizers of the forum were the Illinois Long-Term Care Council and the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging. The sponsors believed that there were a number of critical issues facing related to long-term care issues, and one way to address those would be through a public forum. The forum would allow a number of presenters, representing a range of organizations and viewpoints, to present testimony on those issues. This testimony would then be made publicly accessible, and would be useful to other advocates and policy makers.
It was on this basis that this forum was organized.
The panel at the Public Forum consisted of:
Michael O'Donnell, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging; Chair, Legislative Committee, Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging; Chair, I4A Legislative Committee; and Member, Illinois Long-Term Care Council;
Sally Petrone, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Illinois Department on Aging, and ex-officio member of the Illinois Long-Term Care Council;
Phyllis Mitzen, Co-Director, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Health and Medicine Policy Public Research Group; and Member, Illinois Long-Term Care Council; and
Lee Beneze, Legal Services Developer, Illinois Department on Aging; Co-Chair, Illinois Long-Term Care Council; and Chair, Elder Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association.
The presenters offering testimony were:
Robyn Golden, Director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago;
Jan Tratnik and Judy Buchanan, Illinois Alzheimer's Association;
Kristen Pavle, Policy Analyst, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago;
Heather McPherson, Elder Law Attorney, Freeport, Illinois, and Immediate Past Chair, Elder Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association;
Evelyn Nabors, Associate Vice President, Senior and Rehabilitation Services, Community Mental Health Council, Chicago;
Walter S. Meyers, Manager, Community Planning Division, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging; and
Deborah Kuiken, Director, Midland Area Agency on Aging, and member of the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.
Additional written testimony was received from:
Jamie Freschi, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Springfield;
JR Friedrich, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Senior Strength, Peoria;
Marlene Moore, a resident living in a nursing home;
Pamela J. Neibuhr, a family member of a nursing home resident; and
Wayne Smallwood, Executive Director, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.
Walter S. Meyers
Pamela J. Neibuhr
The audience consisted of approximately 95 persons.
The Council and the Coalition wish to thank those who presented and attended this long term care forum.