Jack is a 58 year old male who was in an automobile accident in 1969. At that time he suffered from a spinal fracture in his cervical spine rendering him an incomplete quadriplegic. He has no feeling from his chest down and has very limited use of one hand and arm. He is at the mercy of others to provide the most basic care for him. Jack is married and his wife is also wheelchair bound. She works outside the home and provides care for Jack every day after work and on weekends.
Jack came to Home Care Options as a client in June of 2002. He is dependent on others for every aspect of his life. We provide a home health aide five days a week. She gets him out of bed daily, bathes him, and provides general grooming such as oral care, shaving, and dressing. The aide also provides him with food and drink for the day until his wife returns home.
Jack now has a motorized wheel chair which he is able to maneuver about his home. Home Care Options has become a life line for Jack. Our service means more than just a bath and some food, although without that he could not possibly remain in his home alone. He expresses his appreciation for companionship. He looks forward to having someone to talk to daily.
Without the funding along with the cost share that Jack pays on a sliding scale fee, he would not be able to afford to remain in his home. What Home Care Options provides is not a luxury but a basic human right for Jack to remain in his home, to be safe, clean and fed. For the past seven and a half years we have been able to provide this safety net for him.