79 Year Old Widowed Disabled Female Seeks Grant Money For Accessible Home
by Gail Ober
(Harrisville, NY, USA)
I am a 79-year-old widowed disabled female. I am presently living in my own home, but now in need of 24 hour care.
Of my 5 children born to me, 2 are deceased, 2 are medically disabled, with the remaining one still working but living 6 states away.
My disability is severe chronic pain of the sciatic nerve. After my divorce I had to provide for my 2 children still at home. I began working for Climax Box Company in Crogan, NY.
I worked for them for nearly 15 years advancing to Senior Machine Operator. On September 28, 1982 I was moving a paper roll weighing over 900 lbs on an overhead moving track in the production area to my machine.
Due to a mechanical defect in the braking and release mechanisms of the moving system, one of the paper rolls released unexpectedly, causing the heavy roll to strike me at lower back-hip level causing a ripping of my sciatic nerve.
After nearly 6 months of recovery, I returned to work, but only for a week, due to a second rip in the sciatic nerve, bringing my working days to a close.
Approximately 8 years ago I was classified as 100% disabled. I was also diagnosed as a diabetic about 5 years ago.
Because of COPD, I began having to use oxygen 24 hours a day about 2 years ago.
Since that time it has become more difficult to maintain my home on my own, now requiring someone to sit with me 24 hours a day.
Recently it has become painfully obvious that I can no longer be alone at home. I cannot drive because of my condition and am in constant pain.
I used to be able to maintain my home alone, even cutting the grass and doing light maintenance on my home, but now find it difficult to maneuver from room to room, having to use a walker and wheelchair at times.
I am on multiple medications; I have constant pain and battle severe swelling of my legs and feet.
I now have to rely on the goodness of neighbors to transport me to doctors' appointments, make sure that my groceries are purchased and bills paid.
At present because of having someone sit with me 24 hours a day, my SS check and Comp checks are not covering my financial obligations.
At 79 years of age with my medical conditions, I cannot work in or out of the home.
My only income is my SS check and two small Worker's Comp checks each month. I genuinely desire to work, but am physically unable.
Because of my need for 24 hour in home care, I am looking for financial aid to make modest repairs to my aging home.
I need to repair a leaking roof, make my home wheelchair accessible with outside ramp(s), add a walk-in shower in my bathroom and replace a few windows because of breakage.