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Elderly Ministries Helps Client Return to Singing

Mrs. B was referred to Elderly Ministries by her community’s senior center in mid 2009 when she was in her early 60’s. She had been working toward an advanced degree and looked forward to a new career but an accident lead to her eventual retirement on disability. At referral, Mrs. B suffered extreme pain, anxiety, and depression in addition to asthma, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Her many medications included Percocet and morphine. While once she enjoyed singing in the church choir, she stopped because of her problems.

When Elderly Ministries stepped in, Mrs. B’s daughter was cooking and bringing meals in spite of working full time, caring for her disabled father and raising several children. The homemaker aid we scheduled weekly began to clean, change linens, do laundry, assist with bathing and help with meals.

Before problems with her mortgage were resolved, Mrs. B had difficulty meeting day-to-day expenses. Elderly Ministries worked with the local senior center to prevent utility shut-offs. We provided several months of taxi coupons. Our volunteers delivered food each month. To ensure her safety and independence, our Safe and Habitable Home Program provided a reacher/grabber, inspected the furnace and made the wheel chair ramp slip-proof.

Our social worker recommended therapy and arranged in-home mental health services. Mrs. B came to feel therapy made a difference. In 2010 she began to wean herself off medications except those for asthma and high blood pressure. When we talked with her in Spring 2011 just before our assistance to her completed, she said her health had improved considerably. She was taking her scooter to the grocery store and making her own meals. “I’m back singing in the Choir and I’ll be OK,” she affirmed.

Stories of Success

Success Stories
Mr. H. and his wife came to us fifteen years ago when his wife was 84 and he 60. His wife did not have Social Security or Medicare, so Mr. Herbert’s work provided the needed medical insurance.