A couple receives a multitude of activities of daily living assistance from DRS staff to maintain their independence at home. The wife, who is blind, needed and received financial assistance to repair her Scan and Read machine that enables her to manage their finances since her spouse is unable to help due to moderate Alzheimer’s. She also uses large print check registers with color coding to give her the visual cues needed for accounting their expenses.
The couple has church members and friends who provide transportation and they use paratransit or rely on DRS staff when participating in our Seniors with Vision Loss Program’s outings and events. Through this program, they maintain friendships cultivated in peer support groups and continue socializing at luncheons, recreational events and educational meetings.
During home visits our staff has discussed Advanced Directives, health care management, volunteer assistance for home maintenance and helped trouble-shoot shopping/cooking challenges. This couple, with a 65 year marriage, remains independent as more moderate services and care are incorporated into their lives.
Another consumer, a retired military nurse, learned she may be entitled to Veteran’s health care services after attending one of DRS’ support group meetings for people with vision loss.
She applied for and now has VA benefits. She is having total knee replacement surgery using VA benefits and recently had a comprehensive diabetic eye exam with follow-up services. She expressed her thanks by stating, “I had no idea that I could ever qualify for any of these services as a woman who served in Vietnam as a nurse.”
Disabled Resource Servies was able to acquire an emergency housing voucher to find a handicapped-accessible ranch style home. It took five months to find the three-bedroom ranch home that my family is now living in. “Alison was able to provide a wheelchair, two elevated toilet seats and helped me find the information to access help for the disabled. She was prompt in providing services with a lot of respect and navigating our accessible finances to help us out. I would rate [DRS] as excellent!” (From a letter to the Coloradoan newspaper written by a thankful individual who received help after experiencing debilitation from multiple cancers.
“Thank you so very much for your time and attention to my issues. I was very scared and filled with anxiety. You gave undivided attention, and it didn’t seem you were put out by me. Gracias.” (From a thank you note to DRS Fort Collins case manager, Alison.)
“I am writing to thank you personally for all the time and work you put in to helping me find the funding, locating the curbside wheelchair lift, and having it installed in my pickup. I also want to thank you and all the great people associated with Disabled Resource Servies that have generously donated a portion of the funds needed to accomplish this task. Having the lift has made my life a lot easier. Now I am able to load and unload my chair anytime I want or need to by myself and am able to go anywhere that I need to without having to schedule people to load and unload and accompany me.” (From a thank you letter to DRS Loveland case manager, Dave)
“Pam devoted 15 months of compassionate guidance, counseling & navigation through the arduous, frustrating & eternal social security application process for assistance, provided referrals & contacts, a steady communication, encouragement & support. … she always saw a next step, part, possibility, hope…” (Drom a letter written to DRS specialist, Pam, by an individual who struggled after spouse’s death.)