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Grant To Help Wife Get Electric Wheelchair For Stroke Disabled Hubby

by Martha May
(Galena, MO, USA)

My name is Martha May and James May is my husband. We are both 63 and have been married 43 years, living in Galena Missouri all of those years.

We had two children: Bryan and Jamey. Bryan is married with three kids. They live a mile from us on family property. Jamey passed away in 2006 after having a double lung transplant because of cystic fibrosis.

Disability Issues

It's my husband James that is disabled. On December 10, 2011, he had a very bad stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak.

Then in about August (we're not sure exactly when) he had a heart attack that required he have a stint placed in the large artery. He also was diagnosed with A-fib at that time.

I had to take early retirement to care for him. My husband is not qualified for Medicare until he has been on disability for two years. We are on Cobra insurance, which is costing us $800 per month. I still have two years until I can be on Medicare as well.

He has been receiving Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy since the day of his stroke.

It is apparent now that he is not going to gain many of the abilities that he had before the stroke.

He really needs an electric wheelchair and it is not covered by his insurance. In the section of Exclusions and Limitations of the policy, it states that electric mobility devices are not covered.

I am trying to find some money that would be available to us for the purchase of the wheelchair.

Financial Hardship

We were both working full time before he had the stroke. We both had insurance through our group plans at work.

His disability income is about one fourth of what he was bringing home at the time of the stroke.

I had to take early retirement to care for him and my income is about $500 per month less.

The Cobra insurance is costing us $800 per month; plus the out-of-pocket cost is $4,000 per year. So we have the $4,000 cost for 2011, 2012 and now we are starting for the 2013 year.

We have co-pays for prescription expense, cost of traveling to doctor appointments, therapy, labs, etc. We are 40 miles from most of the appointments.

Income Efforts

We are not able at this time to search for work. I am hoping that in the future I will be able to go back to work at least part-time.

But first I must get a plan that allows him to stay home alone. The therapists are working diligently to help us make that happen.

The electric wheelchair would help by giving him the independence and saving the energy he uses trying to move around.

Specific Needs

All I am seeking is the funds for getting my husband into an electric wheelchair. This will help him move about more freely and it will help me from having to lift him as much. I am trying to save my back.

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Feb 05, 2013
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Another idea
by: Kim Hubbard

There are some grants and such out there that most people would not know about. I recommend that you visit http://www.ability-mission.org/benefits. This will guide you through the process of finding out about some available money that might help. There are things that people qualify for that you can find out about. God bless!

Feb 03, 2013
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Just a thought
by: Kim Hubbard

You might put it on Craigslist under items wanted and you might look at garage sales, online and etc. for used/more affordable ones. You might also contact your local United Cerebral Palsy or independent living center to see if they have used ones. Don't hesitate to tell your story when calling. God bless!

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