I am trying to find a way to raise money and pay for a care home for deaf older people in my area, as a single older deaf person often ends up isolated in a hearing care home. Deaf older people could live in a deaf home with deaf staff who sign and give them good quality of life.
There used to be care homes for older deaf people, but I don’t think they exist anymore. I think they have all closed – which I think is a real shame – and I’d love to hear from anyone who remembers them. I agree that a lot of older deaf people end up very isolated, either in their own home, or in a hearing old people’s home.
Raising money on your own, though, will be very difficult. We need to draw the attention of a deaf charity or organisation to this and encourage them to do something, especially if they already have experience of running homes – I can think of three charities who do this – for other groups of deaf clients. Where could we make a start, I wonder?