Dementia training could be required for health care professionals in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Illinois (WIFR) – Illinois lawmakers passed bill requiring healthcare professionals to take educational courses to educate them about the treatment of Illinois residents who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D-Chicago) helped with the drafting Senate Act 677 her personal experiences after her mother died of Alzheimer’s. Stratton said such training could help caregivers identify the signs and symptoms of dementia. She said Illinois people need this training for their loved ones.

“We wish someone had just noticed the signs and noticed them sooner, so we could give our loved ones the care they needed and deserved,” said Stratton.

Since her mother’s death, she has started the Through our Eyes campaign, which she says will help Illinois residents who suffer from the disease. Stratton said Illinois must view the disease from a righteous perspective and serve all communities.

“Every community, regardless of their zip code, regardless of their color, regardless of their background, has the resources to ensure they can make the best decisions because, as we’ve seen through COVID, there are health inequalities and this is one of how we can make sure people are getting the help they need, “said Stratton.

This training would be a one hour annual health care professional training certificate and would be conducted in all Illinois nursing homes.

If Governor Pritzker signs the law, this training would be required as early as January 2023.

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