This statewide program was established to respond to reports of abuse
, neglect, and exploitation of seniors and the disabled and to work with the older victims in resolving abusive situations. Services are available to those ages 60 and older and people 18-59 with a disability who live in the community. The State Long Term Ombudsman Program responds to many types of complaints from nursing home residents, including reports of abuse and neglect. The agency responsible for investigating allegations of abuse or neglect in long term care facilities is the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Mandated reporters include a range of professionals in the medical, social service, law enforcement, and eldercare fields. Reporters of elder abuse
are provided by law with immunity from criminal or civil liability and professional disciplinary action.