Thursday, 26 November 2015 06:11

Long term care needed: more than one may know

Written by  By Sean Finell, Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation
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Have you ever had to stay in the hospital? Unfortunately for some, a hospital stay is a regular occurrence. There are quite a number of people who have had at least a stay or two in their lives.


There are also quite a number of folks who honestly can answer that they never have stayed in the hospital, and likely never will. In fact, statistically the average person is more likely to require long-term care than a hospital. So why isn’t long-term care something we think of more often?
The reasons for requiring long-term care may be one of the reasons it’s not a more common topic. Whether it is because of illness, a life-altering injury, or any number of afflictions that come with old age, a larger percentage of the population will come to need long-term care than we want to think about.
It’s understandable that we don’t want to think about it. Requiring long-term care means you need someone else to look after you. It means you and/or your family are no longer able to safely care for your daily needs at home. It is a tough pill to swallow.
The need for long-term care is undeniable. The need for the new homes currently being built is also very evident. It is a step forward, and a step away from the traditional facility or institutional long-term care. It is designed to give the residents a more home-like environment. It may be that you will need long-term care, wouldn’t you want to be in a comfortable environment with privacy and dignity?
It is extremely likely that you or someone in your family will require long-term care, so let’s think about it, and make it as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
The truth of the matter is we have an opportunity right now to shape the future of long-term care. These new homes we are preparing are, in our opinion, as significant and important to the city of Swift Current and surrounding area as was the new hospital. We are equipping and furnishing the homes that so many of us will live in at some point in our lives.
The Foundation and the Cypress Health Region want to provide a place that will give long-term care residents what they need. These homes will be in use for generations, they can be something we are proud of, a place we would prepare for ourselves if we needed long-term care. All we need now is your help.
Please give to the A Welcome Home Campaign.
To find out more visit www.drirwinfoundation.com/ a_welcome_home.html, phone us at 306-778-3314, or see us at our office, 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current.
(Sean Finell is the Special Events/Public Relations Co-ordinator for the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.)

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