Jimenez Advances Legislation to Protect Adult Children's Visitation with Elderly Parents

With the help of a Springfield area advocate, legislation to protect adult children’s visitation with their elderly parents continues to gain momentum in the Illinois House. State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez this week won committee approval of an amendment that clears the way for full House consideration.

“This bill will create a potential pathway for a family member to visit their aging parent in a case where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing mom or dad by another close relative. I’m grateful to Sandy Baksys from Springfield who shared her personal story. It has been an honor to work with her to find a solution to an issue that sadly impacts many families throughout Illinois. I would also like to thank the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office for their work on finding agreed language,” Representative Jimenez said.

House Bill 4309 Creates the Frail Individual Family Visitation Protection Act. If a caregiver unreasonably prevents a family member from visiting a frail individual, the new act allows the court to order the caregiver to permit visitation between the frail individual and the family member if the court finds that the visitation is in the frail individual's best interests.

“No adult child who has visited and taken care of their elderly parent every day for years should be prevented from continuing to visit just because the owner of the private home where the elder has gone to live vows never to open the door,” said Sandy Baksys. “This bill will not create any new rights under Illinois law.  But it will close a major loophole that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a loving daughter like me to challenge a caregiver who is unreasonably denying visitation through our elder’s entire end-of-life.”

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