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Home care cut for aging ALS sufferer

A Corner Brook man suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, says he is being denied homecare because of his age.

A Corner Brook man suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, says he is being denied home care because of his age.

Tom Higgins is 62, and is having his home care cut by the government from 12 hours to five hours per day. That's not enough to allow him to stay at home, he said.

"I've been told that I got no choice, I either stay at home by me self with the five hours maybe a day or I go to long-term care," he said. "And I just want to stay in my own home and be happy."

Higgins needs help with daily tasks like washing, cutting food and going to the washroom.

His family tried applying for more home-care hours, but say they were denied because of his age. He said if he were under the age of 60, he would be eligible for more hours.

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive paralysis.