"Despite tough fiscal
times, the safety and welfare of our older people come first," said
Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson. "Thanks to
efforts of the Coalition of Senior Protective Services,
this rate increase will help ensure the availability of
services to our state's most vulnerable elderly."
increase for the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, which became
effective Oct. 1, was from $29.10 per hour to $40 per hour, a 37
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Elder abuse and neglect providers respond to reports of abuse,
neglect and exploitation from seniors who live in the community. If
abuse has occurred, the elder abuse provider works with the victims
to reduce their risk of further abuse.
"While this doesn't cover the entire cost of the services that
are provided, it is a step in the right direction in giving them an
equitable rate," Johnson explained. "The bottom line is that we were
able to give them an increase of nearly 40 percent -- a raise that
was a long time coming."
Department on Aging news release]