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Our Pledge

We are nursing home workers – caregivers, confidants, cheerleaders and friends.

It’s our calling to care for those who need us most – and we need your help.

Please do your part to keep seniors safe:

Wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands to protect
Illinois’ most vulnerable, particularly during this holiday season.

Research by UChicago Medicine, Harvard and Johns Hopkins found COVID-19
rates in the community are the top predictor of COVID-19 entering nursing homes.

You are their loved ones – children, grandchildren,
neighbors and friends. They’re counting on you.

JOIN THE #ILNursingHomePledge

Let’s rally around nursing homes.

Please use the form below to send a message of support to your local nursing home. Let them know they are not alone in the fight against COVID-19, and you will do all you can to help stop the spread. Pledge to do your part to prevent community spread and protect nursing home residents and staff. Take the #ILNursingHomePledge.

Share your support on social media!

Use the hashtag #ILNursingHomePledge
to recognize heroic nursing home staff and pledge to do your part to protect Illinois’ elderly.

Community rallies around Geneva nursing home hit hard by COVID-19

For the last few weeks, grief has overwhelmed the residents and employees of Bria of Geneva, one of the suburban nursing homes hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.

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Farm animals pay a special visit to nursing home in Pontiac

This week is National Nursing Home Week, and to celebrate, Accolade Healthcare in Pontiac is doing something special for the residents each day to improve their spirits.

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She couldn’t have visitors for her 90th birthday — so church members serenaded her from the street

Dorothy French stood on a balcony at Symphony Lincoln Park, where St. Josaphat Church members gathered below Thursday to wish her a “happy birthday.”

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Illinois softball coach inspires players to make cards, videos for area nursing home residents

With the days of turning double plays on hold, for now, the Gillespie Miner’s softball team is making a move off the field that are equally impressive. Head coach Michelle Smith is teaching her students and athletes the right plays in the bigger game.

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Celebrations Prevail During COVID-19

It's not every day that a person turns 90, and it had been an event for which Lois Selzer's family had been planning for many months.

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New equipment, staff pouring in for Lake Zurich assisted living center hit by virus

Donations of protective gear have poured in for a Lake Zurich assisted living center that late last week reported dire shortages as residents and employees battled a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Illinois retirement home throws Mother’s Day parade for residents

A central Illinois retirement community made sure their residents weren’t forgotten on this Mother’s Day.

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Belvidere nursing center helps families stay connected

It's always a sweet gesture to hear from loved ones through out the day.
But as COVID-19 began to spread through the state of Illinois, Maple Crest Care Center in Belvidere shut down its visiting hours for visitors, meaning its residents lost physical interaction with their families.

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Hundreds parade to show support for Villas East residents, staff

The community surrounding the Villas East nursing home in Sherman hit by an outbreak of COVID-19 showed support for residents and staff with a drive-by parade Wednesday.

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Suburban Pen Pal Program Helps Nursing Home Residents Connect with Others During Pandemic

Pen pal programs are popping up all over the country as those isolated at home reach out to nursing home residents in order to safely connect with them during the coronavirus pandemic. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter has the story.

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Suburban Singer brings joy to isolated seniors with her free outdoor serenades during COVID-19

A passion for singing led Colette Hawley ( Maine South Class of 1980) to a career in New York and then to California, where, somewhat by accident, she found herself singing at nursing homes.

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Pandemic can’t stop Rockford woman’s milestone celebration

The family and friends of Rockford resident Alice Johnson spent months planning her 100th birthday party. There were decorations to make, invitations to send, gifts to buy, and a cake to order. And then a global pandemic hit.

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