I am writing to express concern over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cut of $140 million to the Community Care Program and the impact these cuts will have on older Illinoisans and their families. The program provides essential community-based services to seniors to allow them to remain at home and as independent as possible.
Cutting the program’s funding sets off a chain reaction of events, putting family members in situations where they have to determine how to provide care for their loved ones, including having to reduce work hours, potentially quit their jobs or place loved ones in a nursing home prematurely. This places strain on family members and prevents older adults from aging independently, and with dignity, in the comfort of their own homes. If these cuts are approved, approximately 40,000 Illinois seniors will lose their services and their families will be left to figure out how to meet these needs. I have worked with several families who have told me that if it were not for the adult day service programs offered through CCP, they would not be able to work.
These proposed cuts unfairly target Illinois’ hard-working individuals who will have to balance work, personal life, children and unpaid, full-time care for their loved ones should these cuts be approved. I urge state legislators to fully fund CCP so our state’s older adults can receive the programs and services needed to age at home with dignity.
I also urge everyone to contact Rauner at 217-782-0244.