There are countries that maintain elderly people ”out of poverty.”
Wouldn’t that be nice.
Consider the Canada Pension Plan. Can it keep you safe, warm and fed as you grow old? It is based on a quarter of the amount most people earn and struggle to live on during their working lives.
Other countries base their pensions on a larger percentage. For example, in the United States Social Security is just what it says – security.
We have all known for a long time that so-called “baby boomers” are going to hit the pension scene shortly and inundate an already threatened social safety net. Did we plan?
Politicians point to retirement homes, long-term care institutions, subsidized housing, and home care as their success story.
But the homes are too few, the institutions poorly funded, poorly regulated and very poorly inspected (according to staff). Home care is sparse and subsidized housing insufficient. This is not a success story.
Elderly people are described today as hospital bed cloggers, road hazards and a drain on the economy. What other age group must suffer a driver’s test before a license is approved. Bed cloggers are there because there is nowhere else for them to go and who was it that paid taxes for years and built the nation. As a group they paid for the planning that never took place.
Government admits that Community Care Access agencies are over-whelmed and have very little available to offer. Observers say service and care in long term facilities declined because of lack of staff. Inspections usually happen only after complaints are lodged or in crisis situations.
While this may not be true of every institution choice is limited to space availability. Nobody seems to get to choose where they will spend their declining years.
Retirement homes sound great but it must be remembered that they offer tenancy buy brand cialis only and changes are made that can impact lifestyle. Very sick people are rarely able to stay there without paying for additional care. Until very recently there were few regulations and little oversight.
The government’s response to all this is to charge the elderly for their homecare. That is fine as long as customers can choose. None of us may wish to buy what government offers so it is hoped that private enterprise will step up. If we have to pay – we should have choice.
Alternatives include raised taxes to pay for more staff to provide a reasonable and sustainable level of service to the sick oldies. To offer choice to those people who want to stay home with help and to provide all the information needed to make the best choices.
Sadly, the CPP is often found wanting and old folks are choosing between eating and paying rent or eating and taking their pills.
Looking for efficiencies is a good thing, training staff a little more and overseeing all the services provided to the elderly is another plus.
Perhaps it is time to remember that old and stupid are not synonymous . Old folks know when they are being herded, and understand discrimination.
Happy are the people whose nations realize the elderly can be a pretty good resource – and old folks vote.
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