Our client lives in a nursing home. Care is subsidized by Medicaid and by Medicare. Because of a spinal injury, this person cannot move arms or legs, cannot breathe without a ventilator, and has not left this nursing home for more than a year. Life consists of lying in bed day after day with an occasional trip three doors down the hall for a shower. Let's help give this person a bit more of a life.
Our client's dream is to be in church when the first granddaughter is presented to the congregation on September 21, 2014, which leaves us little time to get all the pieces in place for this event.
We still need approximately $600 to hire a wheelchair van to transport this person to and from this event.
Any contribution over $4.00 will help us reach this goal.
At an average cost of $80,000 a year, there aren't many of us who can pay privately for 4, 6, 8 or more years of care, particularly when there is no further income. An accident, or a catastrophic illness can put anyone into a nursing home. Once there, and once current funds are exhausted, Medicaid becomes the only payer. People who must live in nursing homes on Medicaid funds are limited to $73 or less per month of spendable money. Eyeglasses, hearing aides, routine dental care, and transportation services for people in wheelchairs to any events other than medical appointments are out of the question.
Voices for Quality Care, a 501(C)(3) all-volunteer long-term care citizen advocacy organization, continually receives requests for assistance with these items. We provide all services free through our volunteers but we need your help in fulfilling this current request. We're tired of saying, "no".
Can you please help us out this time? A donation of $4 or more will be greatly appreciated. Any funds that we receive over the amount we need will be applied to the needs of the next person in line for assistance of this kind from our Helpline.
NOTE: Due to confidentiality concerns, we cannot post the actual picture of the Helpline client described in this post. The individuals shown in the pictures here are past Helpline clients who have given permission for us to use their photos in this manner or representational stock photos. The person described here is more than 21 years old but less than 50.