Are you an elderly person looking for care at home? A caregiver that wants independent living for a senior friend or relative? Then this site is for you.
Sunshiners is a social movement. Frail elderly people are an old demographic group that needs its own new label. Labels carry power. They’re short, bite-sized, media-friendly, memorable. We all know about Snowbirds. Not to mention thirty-somethings, pre-schoolers, Yuppies, and so on. In that spirit, I’ve re-labeled “frail old people” as Sunshiners.
Why ‘Sunshiners’? Because I’ve seen countless frail, old people joyfully sitting in the sunshine on their porches and in their home gardens. The sun is a universal life-force, offering warmth and hope, even to those living in dire circumstances due to advanced age and illness. Hospitals are sunless environments. Sunshiners don’t belong in hospitals.
But this is not a crusade against hospitals. Most of the time, hospitals work very well. They are especially good at prevention and rescue, two things that unfortunately don’t usually work for frail old people. Hospitals do an outstanding job of helping relatively younger people with only one thing wrong with them. But when frail old people go to hospitals with multiple ailments, they often die in surroundings that are cold and clinical.
As the Sunshiners movement grows, this website will become a warm and welcoming place for Sunshiners and their families to meet, trade stories and access precious caregiver resources.
If you’re a caregiver, a son or daughter or friend of a Sunshiner, the time to get involved is right now, while you’re full of energy and life. Because someday, when you’re old enough and frail enough, you’ll be a Sunshiner, too.
To be part of the Sunshiners movement, you need to insist on health care care at home for elderly people, a thoughtful approach when things go wrong, staying out of the hospital unless absolutely necessary, and not taking medication you don’t need. There are thousands and thousands of others who feel the same way.
Here is where you get to tell your story about caregiving for the elderly. You can be as anonymous as you like, you can make comments, and you will probably discover that you’re not alone in some of your experiences.