A Recent Reader Post

Recently, I have been receiving email responses from my blog and decided to post this one. Like the other emails that I have received, it is from a family that is in need of assistance and the agencies in their area are not able to assist in providing ramps to their homes and they detail the difficulties that this creates as they try to care for their loved ones. This email is from Florida and I am not familiar with services available in that state or maybe that county. I am posting this on Facebook because I have Facebook friends in Florida. Any thoughts on where this person should go for help in Florida? Her story is listed below:

I’ am not sure how to go about this, but I am writing in reference to my son’s father who was tragically injured in a motorcycle wreck that was not his fault. The person who hit him did a rolling stop and hit him head on in the lane he was riding his motorcycle. He was in ICU for almost 3 and a half months, his right leg was amputated all the way up to his hip, he had a crushed pelvic bone, an heart attack, brain bleed and several other injuries that include 7 broken vertebrae. He was sent to rehab from the hospital.

The man who hit him had minimum insurance and every lawyer has turned us down. I live in my parent’s house (who have passed away) and I can’t make the payments. We are losing this house through foreclosure. He is my ex husband and the best friend you could possibly find. He has a home which is on stilts and I’ve tried everything possible (go fund me page, elder options and state assistance) to have a ramp or chair lift put in before we go homeless due to another person’s driving neglect.. We are trying to get prosthetic care started, but without a ramp we can’t get stretcher transport to take us to doctor’s appointments. We are at a loss and I am literally begging to find help.

He hasn’t been in the shower in 8 months because we can’t get him into the bathroom. I’ve had nurses, therapists and case workers giving us phone numbers to call, but we are getting turned away or no one answers. I don’t know where to turn for help. This has impacted all of our lives, and if we get foreclosed on here, we will have no where to go because we have no way for him to get in his home. We had a life till this man rolled through a stop sign and took what little we had to survive. l don’t think we can get help because we are poor. No human should have to just lay in a bed and exist with no help.  

I have had to quit my job to take care of Anthony who requires 24 hour care. Three months prior to accident, Anthony was able to buy his dream home which is on stilts and we can’t take him to his own house. I been trying to get help anywhere I can and I am writing to you as my last hope for resources to help him. It has made us so depressed and hope you can direct us some source of help. I’ am putting this out there in a very desperate cry for help I want to thank you for taking time to read this. We don’t look to get a free ride , we are just poor.

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I have a BA in Psychology and a teaching certificate as a Special Education teacher. I have a MA in Student Personnel Services and I recently retired from my position as a Guidance Counselor. I have been active on advisory boards concerning disability issues for over 25 years. I also have over 25 years of business experience in Human Resources and Operations Management.

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