Grant To Help Polio Disabled Senior With Long Term Care For Self And Wife
by Clayton Roes
(Leamington, Ontario, Canada)
I am 84 years of age, male, married, with two adult children, and am a retired office worker.
I never served in the military, due to a disease I experienced as a child. My wife has been in long-term care for three years, and I am in an apartment in the building next door.
I am also involved in a number of senior activities, as well as a number of volunteer duties in the community over the years.
I received an award from the Governor General of Canada for significant service to compatriots, community and to Canada.
I had polio at age 14 months severely affecting both legs from the hips down requiring extensive orthopedic surgery, and was not able to walk until age 8.
I worked for 40 years in general office duties, gradually deteriorating physically, requiring the use of canes, then crutches, then a wheelchair.
For the past five years, I have been totally confined to a motorized wheelchair and am now living alone in a small apartment.
The cost of supporting my wife in long-term care, my apartment costs, and the general cost of living is overwhelming.
I do my necessary shopping in my chair, by handi-bus.
Not being able to stand on my legs any longer, I have special equipment to assist in transferring into bed, the bathroom, etc.
I am not qualified for long-term care, and the cost of both my wife and myself in this care would be exorbitant.
Monthly financial assistance would be a tremendous help, and very much appreciated.
Because of my age, my mobility problems, etc. it is not possible to obtain work in the work place.
I have responded to many work-at-home offers on the internet, and have found practically all of them to be scams, or requiring up-front payments.
My family is a great help insofar as being available when special care is needed
What I would really find helpful would be monthly financial assistance to cover the cost of living.
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