Federal Budget Cuts Affecting Seniors
CNNMoney, November 19th, 2013
For many seniors, being able to stay in their own homes can be their last claim to independence and dignity, and will not be easily let go of. However, most will readily admit that a little help here and there can be essential to their ability to stay in their homes. This is why Government funded programs that can give seniors rides to the doctor or grocery store, or even send “companions” to their homes to help with cooking and cleaning, can be the difference between being able to stay home versus having to move into assisted living.
Unfortunately, Federal budget cuts that started in March of this year have cut funding to these programs by up to $80 billion dollars. The non-profit organizations that head up these programs have definitely been taking notice. 76% of these agencies have stated that these cuts have effectively prevented them from being able to give the proper care that some of these seniors need to be able to stay at home, thus eliminating their option to do so. Read the article linked below to learn more about how these cuts are affecting our senior citizens.