SEIU 503 represents over 17,000 homecare providers and has consistently lobbied lawmakers to fully fund the essential services that allow seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes. Services like these are under attack and the legislature needs to hear from those who understand, all too clearly, what it’s like to face a future without our independence.
The Economics and Statistics Administration estimates that by the middle of the 21st Century there will be more people over the age of 65 than there will be school age.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the fastest growing segment of the population is the 85-plus group, many of whom have at least one chronic condition (arthritis, heart disease, cancer or diabetes). In-home care has become a critical component of providing a healthy and safe environment that promotes and maintains individual independence.
Although the majority of seniors don’t need 24-hour skilled nursing care, they may need varied levels of assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and mobility. Most want to remain in their homes and to postpone or avoid a stay at an extended care facility.
In-home care services are on average a fraction of the cost of a nursing home. Nursing home costs are understandably higher, as they offer more hours and a much more extensive level of care. So, for those who qualify for in-home care services, they can also be a low-cost alternative to extended care.
Long-Term Care Advisory
Oregon’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman is available free of charge to residents, families, facility staff and the public to help with concerns around quality of care or long-term care facility residents’ rights. The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman responds to various concerns, including resident care, medications, billing, guardianship and care plans, among others. The program serves residents in nursing facilities; residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster homes.
For more information, contact the Oregon Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman directly at: