We know that as seniors age we often need support. So let’s explore ways to keep us in our homes with those supports. This saves governments money and keeps seniors happier, healthier and safer.
Most studies say that seniors need:
- A sense of community
- Nutritious food
- Physical acitivty
While most of us plan for retirement, how are we planning for our more senior years? What have you done to explore answers to questions like:
- If I have difficulty bathing or keeping my personal care up, what will I do?
- If my eye sight is failing how will I complete household chores?
- If I’m eating tea and toast for many meals, what can I do so I don’t become malnoursished?
- If I’m finding a trip to the bank or paying bills online difficult, what will I do?
- If I find medications on the floor or I forget to take medicine what can I do?
- If I can no longer drive, what will I do?
There are a smattering of programs that support seniors with such questions however at this point accessing them is a nightmare. And to hire enough private help is cost-prohibiting.
I watched my parents and my in-laws age and as tasks become more and more difficult and their caregivers began to wear out, the only option was to move to a care facility. Homecare could not provide enough support. While it sounded good on paper, when trying to access it, it was not.
A friend sent me an article on a program that aims to keep seniors out of nursing homes. You can find it by going to CBC – The Title is: Keeping Seniors Out of Nursing Homes. It was on the National News one week ago. The program that is highlighted is called PACE. It costs 40% less than having people in nursing homes. This makes sense.
Here is the link: www.cbc.ca/player/play/1990992963636
It’s time to let your Governments know that putting dollars into programs that support seniors need to be directed to Homecare or programs like PACE. We are the ones who can make this change happen. Act now!