U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is working to ensure New York’s booming senior population will have the ability to stay in their own homes with the help of home health care, by pushing for various pieces of legislation through the Older Americans Act, reports the Observer.
More than 100,000 of New York City’s boomers will turn 60 in the next five years, and throughout the entire state, approximately 1.2 million people will reach that age during the same time period, according to the article.
“As part of our Older Americans Act that Congress will need to re-authorize this year, I’m going to fight for greater services that help more seniors age in place and stay in their homes. When seniors keep their independence they live longer, healthier and happier lives,” Gillibrand said during a conference call with upstate media.
Thousands of senior Americans could be living in their home with basic in home care and not in a nursing home, according to Gillibrand. Many just need companionship, access to basic meals and transportation, all of which Gillibrand wants to address with the Older Americans Act.
One of the programs Gillibrand praised is Project Independence on Long Island. This program works with seniors to help with gaining independence through programs and services.
“This program gives seniors powerful voice for freedom and choice. Whether its helping to secure health care they need or help upgrade their home so seniors can keep their independence and peace of mind,” Gillibrand said.
Some seniors who need just “a little bit of help” worry they’ll end up in a nursing home as the only choice available, Gillibrand says, and nearly 90% of the the 50+ crowd would much prefer to remain in their homes—and out of nursing homes.
Accomplishing this goal is beneficial not just to seniors, but also to New York state taxpayers, according to Gillibrand, who promotes home health care as a less-costly method of senior care.
Read the full story to find out more about Gillibrand’s plans for senior funding, including improving transportation opportunities for seniors, preventing elder abuse, and providing technology information and training.
Written by Alyssa Gerace