Sen. Gillibrand Announces Ideas to Maximize Independence for Senior Citizens

Oswego, NY – U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to help more elderly central New Yorkers live on their own rather than in nursing homes.

Gillibrand said for those who want to stay in their own homes, it is tough to get the care they need.

"To give more seniors the opportunity to live independently and get the care they need in their own home, I'm announcing a number of ideas to expand access to in-home care," said Gillibrand, "Investing in the health care work force to specialize in-home care and prevention to keep seniors out of nursing homes and hospitals and invest more in senior friendly transportation to maximize their independence."

Gillibrand said by relying less on nursing homes, seniors are more likely to live more active, healthier lives.

The Senator said about 230 seniors living in nursing homes in Central New York could live on their own. She said that would save area taxpayers nearly $5.3 million.