New York City is considering massive cuts to in-home workers in order to combat a budget deficit, and the austerity measures may slash the services by 40 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The reduction would heavily affect employees who assist seniors with day-to-day tasks, such as those who aid seniors in organizing food delivery and finances, and provide companionship to older adults who would otherwise feel isolated.
Other senior services have already been slashed due to concerns about the city's budget. The news source reports that 29 senior centers, a healthy aging initiative and elder-abuse prevention program have all been closed.
"We know these are difficult financial times," Jacqueline Huneidi, director of case management for Services Now for Adult Persons, told the news provider. "But there has to be a better way where we keep these homebound seniors safe in their homes."
Those who are looking for a safe way to age at home may want to invest in a medical alarm system for their home. This device can allow older adults to send a personal emergency response message to doctors in the case of an emergency.