Under current Illinois law, residential and community-based programs can advertise that they specialize in providing dementia care without being adequately trained in how to work with dementia patients.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) wants that to change.

“A person with dementia deserves the best care possible,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The plan I’m backing will protect health care consumers from false advertising claims and ensure that staff taking care of dementia patients have been trained.”

Legislation the senator is co-sponsoring would create minimum training standards for all residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care. The measure is necessary because some places have advertised that they are experts in dementia care without having the training to back up their claims.

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