Older adults are the fastest growing and most under served segment of our society. Physical and/or social isolation, financial hardship, and lack of transportation all conspire to limit the access to programs andservices. Older women and minority elderly have on average, the lowest incomesamong the older population, which severely limits their ability to purchase the health care, goods, services, and housing options that could help them to remain independent. Additionally, as individuals age, they invest more time and effort in meeting their basic needs. All of our residents have such a limited income that they are often forced to make critical choices between paying for health care services and life sustaining medications or food, rent, utilities and other daily living requirements.
Phoenix Family’s Senior Empowerment Program is specifically designed to combat the barriers our older adult residents face in their daily life. Many residents, due to financial constraints, lack of transportation, physical and/or mental handicaps and a host of other factors, are isolated socially, physically and financially from the community at-large. This isolation affects every resident, regardless of age. A person’s quality of life is determined by more than his or her physical health status. The Senior Empowerment Program is designed to get at the root causes, so that residents can find lasting solutions to complex problems. By promoting independence, encouraging greater self-reliance, offering physical and psychological support and providing emergency relief in times of need, their ability to live active, independent lives and avoid early institutionalism increases significantly.
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