Disability Grants To Help Stroke Disabled Doug Acquire Accessible Van And Housing Improvements
by Douglas Brewer
(Katy, Texas, USA)
My name is Doug Brewer. I'm a 57-year-old male stroke survivor. I have three grown children, two LSU graduate daughters, one in Baton Rouge, another in graduate school in Boston, and a son at the University of Texas.
Stroke Disabled Douglas Seeks Disability Grant For Accessible Van And Home Improvements
My wife and I have been happily married for 27 years. We've lived in Katy, Texas for 18 years.
Hurricane Harvey flooded our home in August 2017. We were displaced. My wife stayed with friends and I went to a skilled nursing facility, for medical reasons.
March 2010, I had a brain stem stroke. I was 50 pounds over-weight with high blood pressure. I had just begun a new high-stress job.
Once I reached the hospital, my stroke progressed, and I was paralyzed from the neck down. It took three MRIs and one MRA to find the blood clots in my brain stem.
After 50 days in the hospital, I transferred to TIRR in the Houston Medical Center for three months of rehabilitation. I had to use my head to hit the nurse call light.
Slowly right-side body movement began to return followed by minimal left-side movement during rehabilitation.
Insurance provided me with a power wheelchair. In July 2010, I moved to a skilled nursing facility for six months of rehabilitation before returning home.
Since my wife was forced back to work full-time and my kids were in school, I contracted with a caregiver during the day.
I cannot walk and I need assistance with a bedside toilet, and to bathe. I cannot afford 24-hour care, so my kids would help my wife put me to bed.Financial Hardship
I was laid off in late 2008, and went back to work in December 2009. My wife began to work part-time as our kids became older. My stroke eliminated my salary forcing my wife to be the main earner working full-time.
Medical Insurance helps with my medical bills. I had a 1999 vehicle for my caregiver to transport me to appointments. When my daughter went off to graduate school, I replaced the older car with her 2013 vehicle.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey destroyed her car along with my ADA equipment; power wheelchair, wheelchair front/back door ramps, pulley system, standing frame, trapeze pole, and handicapped bathroom equipment. Also affected were all contents we were unable to move upstairs.Income Efforts
My SSI disability pays for my medical insurance, doctors, medicine and caregiver. My wife's salary, 25% of my 2008 salary pays for all household expenses.
We have applied for FEMA disaster relief, receiving $500, and were approved for an SBA loan. We have received a few donations from friends and church.Specific Needs
Hurricane Harvey damaged my home's first floor. I had no flood insurance being outside the flood zone. I need assistance from grants or donations to make my house totally ADA compliant repairing the flood damaged first floor.
I also need to replace my disability equipment lost in the flood:
• Adjustable bed
• Bed trapeze pole
• Standing frame
• Wheelchair Ramps
I'm working with a third party to replace my power wheelchair.
I need help replacing appliances:
Since my transportation vehicle was flooded, I am looking for a handicapped accessible van.
I also need handicapped accessible housing assistance for nursing care since Insurance has ended coverage.
Once I return home, I will need a Hoyer Lift to get into bed.