I4A Alert for week of 12/28/15
Illinois Aging Network Alert
A weekly report on the impact of the State budget crisis on Illinois seniors and community programs from
I4A - ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Contact: Joy Paeth (618) 222-2561 or Jon Lavin (708) 383-0258
I4A Alert for week of 12/28/15 (prepared by Midland Area Agency)
The Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging (I4A) issues an Alert to the Governor’s Office and members of the Illinois General Assembly each week on the status of services for older persons in Illinois.
With the New Year approaching, Senior Service Agencies try to remain optimistic and grateful for the partial payments that they may have received for Adult Protective Services, Home Delivered Meals and Ombudsman program services. However these partial payments are not enough to keep these programs at levels that meet the needs of a variety of older citizens, including those who are very old, chronically ill, limited income and will do almost anything to continue to live independently in their own homes and communities.
This week we include reports from:
Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
• DuPage Senior Citizens Council will reduce Home Delivered Meal deliveries to two days per week.
• Senior Services of Will County reduced staffing by 1.5 FTE in the Ombudsman program. They will continue to visit nursing homes but this will be on a month-to-month basis working closely with the Illinois Department on Aging if they do stop.
• Senior Services of Will County reduced staffing of the Case Coordination Unit by six FTE.
• Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging has six furlough days planned to compensate for the lack of a state budget and delays in federal funding.
AgeSmart Community Resources reports that 900 older adults are losing services due to the budget impasse and the lack of state funds. This includes
• 341 older adults who are cut off from transportation – doctor visits, grocery stores, banks and senior centers for congregate meals.
• 195 seniors who will no longer receive Meals on Wheels, added to 230 on waiting lists who will wait longer. (Those who qualify for these meals are frail, home bound and at nutritional risk leading to failing health and eventual nursing home placement.)
• 134 older adults who are at risk of losing services, including legal assistance, residential repair and modification, and assisted transportation
Midland Area Agency
• Furloughs all eight employees one day per week.
• The Adult Protective Services program is running at 50 percent staffing.
• The Ombudsman program reduced staffing by three FTE.
• The Meals program in Clay, Effingham and Fayette counties has been reduced to four days per week for both congregate and home delivered meals.
Southeastern Illinois Region
• Area agencies that offer senior center services, senior transportation, information and assistance and nutrition services are asking for even more assistance from their communities to stay afloat. However, the community’ resources are running dry. Some Senior Centers will close immediately when they determine there is no hope for funding, and some Senior Centers will provide a one-month notice after prospects for future funding are no longer believable.
This week we welcome the calendar New Year and 2016, still waiting for a state budget that began July 1, 2015 – the beginning of the State Fiscal “New Year”. We ask you for a swift end to this budget impasse so we can provide much-needed services to older adults in your communities, and that you and yours have a healthy and happy 2016!