Funding for community programs helps keep Indigenous Elders in their homes
The Canadian Frailty Network has funded several projects designed to assist and support Indigenous people in caring for their Elders. One such project is called Keeping our Nlaka’pamux Elders at Home. Five Nlaka’pamux communities in British Columbia are working collaboratively on the project.
This project supports three primary initiatives; social activity and knowledge sharing in the form of monthly nkshAytkn gatherings, physical activity and home safety.
“The whole point of all of this is that we want to keep Nlaka’pamux seniors at home. We want them to remain within their communities for as long as possible. Many of these rural areas don’t have the residential resources to meet the needs of their seniors. As a result, all it takes is a fall and their world changes. If an injury prevents them from remaining in their homes, they have no choice but to leave their communities, their families, and everything that they know to get the level of support they need. They just diminish. They don’t do well.”