Advocates Transforming Senior Services
THE CRISIS: ELDER CARE IN SANTA FE
Santa Fe’s population is aging rapidly.
By 2030, more than 26 percent of Santa Fe’s population will be 65 or older. Today, about 18 percent of the city’s residents are 65 or older. This demographic shift means the city will have at least 10,000 more elderly residents in 2030 than it does today.
Considered as a whole, the city’s health care and long-term care services are inadequate and fragmented, and are incapable of serving the growing population of elderly. Badly-needed services and staffing are diminishing as the need is expanding. The combined public and private resources – and coordination between them — is sadly lacking. Santa Fe needs additional services and an advocacy platform to give our elders a voice and the help they need to live better lives as they age.
Providing elder services has financial benefits, not only for seniors and their families, but also for government and our healthcare system. The current cost of services for a senior who “ages in place” at home runs about $1,200 per month. A month in an assisted-living facility can cost more than four times that — and a nursing home eight times that. Medicare and Medicaid pay for most long-term care; by minimizing the need for long-term care in institutional settings, those government programs can reduce spending.
Life Circle of New Mexico, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, has a plan of action, viewable via this link.
Santa Fe has an urgent and growing need to provide the care and services to our aging population – our neighbors, parents and spouses. Life Circle’s goal is to bring together public officials, private businesses, community leaders and concerned individuals to design specific solutions for our community that will improve the level of care and services.
Life Circle’s vision is to have a centrally located campus in Santa Fe that provides the services and care outlined above. Such a campus requires about six acres. To get started, Life Circle needs money. Initial funding will pay for start-up staffing and operational expenses. We’ll eventually need larger donations to acquire land and build facilities. And finally we’ll need money to pay employees who provide services to elders. To donate, click here.