CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JULY 8, 2010
Senior Long Term Care
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Any senior person, of Native
American descent, from this region is welcome to attend. Interested persons from
A series of dinners held in
Leslie Smith, R.N. and Andrianna Albert, C.N.A., sought a grant in 2008, on behalf of Nimiipuu Health to hold these meetings. With the help of grant writer Don Evans, a survey was created which was given in person, when possible, to elders. Personal interviews were conducted and recorded. That data is being compiled to help guide tribal leaders in making future healthcare decisions. The goal is to be able to present sound information to tribal counsel and to have a core group of committed individuals be able to act upon the results.
The grants were obtained
through Indian Health Services, and only 12 tribes in the
Some elders have expressed the desire for a nursing home on the Nez Perce Reservation, but 88 percent of people interviewed would prefer in-home care for themselves. Many times, something as simple as having help with one’s laundry allows a senior person to continue living on their own.
The conference will be held