Rather than moving to a nursing home, more older people are trying to stay in their own homes, and a Lawrence organization is ready to highlight the services available.
"The thrust is away from institutionalizing people in nursing homes," said Betty Dutton, president of the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Older Women's League.
"This is not only the humane thing to do, it's the most cost efficient to keep people in their own homes as long as possible," Dutton said.
For that reason OWL is setting up a program next week to showcase what local services are available to seniors who want to continue living at home.
The program, "There's No Place Like Home," will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
"We really are fortunate to have such good services in our area," Dutton said. "We would be most happy to have the public come, not just the senior citizens, but the people who are struggling with how they can help their mom or dad stay at home."
The meeting will include representatives of nine local agencies, who will give brief presentations on their services.
They are: the Audio-Reader Network, the Community Services Department of Douglas County Senior Services, Project Lively of the Douglas County Health Department, the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Interfaith Caring Neighbors (ICAN), Visiting Nurses Assn., Trinity Respite Services, Independence Inc. (assistive technology), and Lawrence Memorial Hospital's social services department.