Illinois families under stress

June 1, 2008

Illinois families under stress

The looming long-term care crisis

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The demand for long-term care is large and growing rapidly throughout the nation. In Illinois alone there are almost 800 nursing homes with more than 100,000 beds. In addition, about 1.24 million family caregivers provide more than 1.33 billion hours of care each year, conservatively valued at more than $13 billion. Clearly, both the formal and informal long-term care sectors are quite large. Less evident is that both sectors will need to expand and function very well, both separately and together, to meet the predicted growth in demand over the next decades.

This issue of Policy Forum summarizes two expert presentations on long-term care and a panel discussion among five Illinois legislators at the 2008 Family Impact Seminar held at the state Capitol in Springfield on May 1, 2008


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