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82 Year Old Loving Wife Of Stroke Disabled Husband Just Needs New Carpeting

by Audrey
(Fredonia, Wisconsin, USA)

I am a senior 82 years old and my husband is 83 years old. We have been married for 62 years.

We have two daughters that have distanced themselves from us over three years ago. They want no part of being in our lives during these golden years.

One lives in Arizona and one lives in Colorado. They are 61 and 56 years old. This has been quite difficult to accept.

My husband had a stroke last year and I have been his caregiver. He is doing rather well but has limitations.

He is not able to do much in the way of work around the house. He has no strength, his legs are quite weak and walking is limited to in the house.

The stroke affected one side of the brain so memory is also a problem and his hearing has suffered. He has a shuffling to his walk.

Our only income is social security. I have no savings. I am in the process of redoing my mortgage, as my payment is more than I can afford right now.

I do get some help with food stamps and that is around $150 a month which I am grateful for.

I have had to use what little savings I had to fund a new water heater that died and also to replace a part on my furnace.

I purchase my husband's medications through a mail order pharmacy in Kentucky that saves me money.

I need help on my carpeting in my living room, dining area and hall. It is worn out and in some areas has buckled up and I have a fear one of us could fall. If I could get my carpet replaced it would be a godsend.

Other than that I am able to manage the care of my husband. I would not want it any other way. I love him dearly.

I could not work outside the home right now and at my age I do not believe I could get a job.

A grant for carpeting would be what would work. I have seen ads for four rooms of carpet for less than $600.

Anything available for seniors to fix up their home would be welcomed.

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Jun 06, 2012
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Holy Carpet
by: Ken

Hi Audrey,

Tell them it is buckled and too easy to trip over with poor eyesight and there are tears in it. Ask them to come and take a look at it.

God Bless,
Ken

Jun 06, 2012
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To: Ken who responded to my Plea
by: Audrey

Ken,

I did contact the USDA Office with the information you provided. Unfortunately they told me that my old carpeting would not qualify because it has no HOLES. This is even though it's 14 years old and in terrible shape in the bad shape. It is badly worn but that makes no difference to them.

If I could get a carpet store to replace it and agree to small payments on it each month till it is paid I may be able to do that. That may work. But I am at a loss as to who to contact. The local businesses in and around our village do not extend credit. So it is not easy and as I said before it is hard to ask for financial help.

God Bless

Jun 03, 2012
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Getting rid of the old rugs.
by: Ken

Hi Audrey,

Sorry to hear about your kids. Shame on them! Here is an address for your county's Rural Development office. The gentleman's name is Stan Gruszynski. He should be able to direct you to a contact to help you with the safety issues in your home. Here is his email address;

RD.StateOffice@wi.usda.gov

Copy and paste this to send him your needs and information in your email. I looked to see if you qualify and it seems you do.
Good luck and God bless,

Ken





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