Novel Services Ensure Elderly People to Stay Home
Immobile and ailing seniors can now continue to stay at home and enjoy a bunch of medical services, thanks to Project Independence. This service has been introduced in the Town of North Hempstead, New York. The prime motive of introducing the service is to help the seniors remain independent and stay at home.
The seniors residing in the Town of North Hempstead require dialling 311 and asking for Project Independence. The service which ensures the older people stay back home also helps them in weekly shopping and laundry. The seniors can also avail the help when they need to visit a doctor or a company to ease away their depression.
According to reports, Project Independence has been launched in agreement with a new generation of services with the aim of enabling the older people continue to stay at home independently.
The services were first introduced in North New Hyde Park as pilot program. It received massive response and wide acceptance. Encouraged by the response of the pilot program, it was decided to expand the services to towns.
The project aims to produce higher level of confidence and a sense of independence among older people so that they may reject the idea of leaving their homes and moving to caring or assisted-living homes.
The elderly couple Sheldon Pachtman and Hazel Kaufman-Pachtman have availed the services for several medical-related checkups including blood pressure check up. For this elderly couple, the program was more important when it was launched in New Hyde Park in 2006. Pachtmans are now the members of the advisory board of Project Independence.
Sheldon Pachtman who is 79 now, had been put in a hospital for over a week after he suffered a stroke. Though he was released from hospital, he was far from feeling well. His wife Hazel called up Project Independence. The call was soon followed by the arrival of a nurse who was apparently sent by the services.
The nurse diagnosed that the old man had pneumonia. He was at once removed to hospital again. Hazel, who is 86, later told that the timely help from Project Independence had saved the life of her husband. The after effect of stroke could have been disastrous.
The expansion of the program to the Town of North Hempstead is being perceived as a good omen. The area is multiplying very fast in its grey population. According to the figures of census held in 2007, there were more than 377,000 people who were aged 65 and above in Long Island.
With huge population of elderly people, these regions require several such projects. However, local municipalities have been alleged to remain unconcerned with the ground realities. Kathy Rosenthal, who is the vice-president for FEGS Health and Human Services System, alleged that the local municipalities have no new programs for the well-being of the seniors in the region.
Kathy seemed to be disturbed by the lack of fund needed for steering such independent programs. She emphasized that there are hundred of communities which need help by the volunteers. But she rued about the insufficient resources.
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