Not enough money to pay for care for developmentally disabled adults

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member

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    Looks like there's not enough money to pay for care for all the developmentally disabled adults, so in many cases they have to continue living with the parents.

    The following are two articles, one out of Connecticut and the other in Ottawa, Canada.
    Sounds like a very difficult situation for the parents, who have to continue providing care long after the child is 18.

    http://www.courant.com/health/hc-disabilities-families-1122-20151122-story.html

    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/01/phillip-telford-autistic-parents_n_3192148.html


    Suppose this shouldn't be surprising. They don't have enough money to be able to provide nursing home care for all the old people either.

    This Oklahoma mother is going to have to choose between her job and staying home not having any income to take care of her adult son, after cuts were made to a state program.
    https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-new...ally-disabled-to-make-life-altering-decisions
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member

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    I think the real issue here isn't that there isn't enough money being allocated to these programs. Rather state governments and the federal government are under a tremendous amount of debt and are having difficulty paying for all these things. It has more to do with economic issues and budget challenges and is a sign of a deteriorating overall standard of living in the country.

    The state of Oklahoma is $15 billion in debt.
    https://www.statedatalab.org/state_data_and_comparisons/detail/oklahoma

    Connecticut has the third highest debt to GDP ratio out of all the states, only barely behind Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

    As these debts keep mounting, cuts are going to have to be made.
     
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    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I agree, foreign outsourcing and foreign imports mean less jobs, means less taxes collected, means less money in peoples pockets and less government services for the disabled and elderly
     
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    In the 1950s states allocated a lot more money to pay for these types of things, and there are a lot of old impressive multi-level brick buildings, built in the 1930s and 40s, abandoned now, that used to house these people.

    Here are some pictures just to give you an idea how impressive some of these buildings looked like:
    http://thatoregonlife.com/2015/07/t...enter-may-have-the-darkest-history-in-oregon/
    https://goo.gl/images/5EQ6iF
    https://goo.gl/images/TfKUwc
    https://goo.gl/images/UxPstR
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/danedane/3396229259
     
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    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    it's the me me me generation now
     
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    The wife and I have a special needs child, she is now 28 years old and will be with us until we kick the bucket.

    If you want to be a parent this is the risk you take, in no way should you look to burden others with it, be it financial or otherwise. If any funding comes......great, but if no funding comes you best do everything in your power from day one of your child diagnosis to provide for him or her.

    I have been to countless meetings over the decades watching parents complain about funding, wanting the government to take the burden away from them via group homes or with total funding.

    The key is the parents and some that I see are lazy and appalling, not wanting to work 2 jobs to overcome certain barriers, not wanting to put time in with the child for basic life skills, Not teaching the child yourself and waiting for some special ed teacher to assume the complete burden.........and I feel sorry for the child having such lame parents.

    Funding is a problem but the solution is parents.
     
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    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    to be fair, most people have jobs and taking care of a disabled child\adult costs more then regular child care while they are working, it's a catch 22 - sometimes the care while working costs more then you earn working

    I 100% support my taxes going to help those like this that need help

    Toefoot, I am glad you have the money to do it all on your own, not everyone is so lucky
     
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    VotreAltesse Well-Known Member Donor

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    I feel lucky on this point to be born in the right place, I would be a hobo otherwise but I'm proud, and I would have put myself in a coffin.
     
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    Here is an idea, have a Mausoleum built, with a customized Coffin to sleep in, so when you die, you are all set !
     
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    VotreAltesse Well-Known Member Donor

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    No thank you, I prefer a palace and a throne, that would fit me better. For a mausoleum, I would kick out the the loosers like Napoleon from the french pantheon and take their place.
     
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    You want to reduce abortion??

    Here is an opportunity

    Increase support for disabled children and adults
     
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    How will that reduce Abortion ?

    I would think it would increase Abortions, as parents through increased prenatal testing and screening for abnormalities, opt for an Abortion rather than chronic suffering of currently incurable conditions with very brief life spans.
     
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    Why just your taxes? Why not abolish the govt providing such support and you donate your money to people that need it? And if the govt is out of that role, then people like toefoot get a boost because their taxes are reduced (and don't give me the claim they get a tax break for medical expenses, that tax break is peanuts if you even qualify).
     
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    It does not state why the single mother (Hay) was single. The "why" makes a big difference.
     

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