State Sen. Jacqueline Collins calls for crackdown on nursing home violations, safeguards for residents and their families. [Illinois Senate Democrats]

Powerful lobbying group AARP Illinois on Wednesday unveiled a pair of bills that would provide a tax credit for family caregivers who pay out-of-pocket for home care expenses and would force nursing homes in Illinois to abide by the state’s minimum staffing requirements.

The measure would also curb the practice of giving nursing home patients psychotropic drugs without express permission.

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