My mother is 88 years old. She can no longer walk or care for herself. I am
her caregiver and that gives my life meaning. Last year we bought a home, a
dream we’ve had for 30 years. Unfortunately with the cost of living going
up, and our fixed incomes staying the same, we are now in foreclosure.
Foreclosure is just the most recent event in our year. We need a wheelchair
van for Mom, even the used vans with a lot of miles on them start around
$15,000 When I have errands I prevail upon family when available and endure
the cost of a taxi when they aren’t available. Last Summer I broke a tooth,
losing about 40% of it. The dentist wants $600 to extract it or $1,500
(minimum) to fix it. Now I need to have shoulder surgery! Besides the cost
of it, there is the long recovery time. I have looked into putting Mom in a
nursing home for awhile, but it would be more cost efficient and better for
her if I could hire someone to help both of us. That’s providing we still
have a home to live in. I’ve tried to get loans but our debt to income ratio
is too high.
These are just the current problems that keep me awake at night. Last night
I realized that Mom is my reason for living. The severe depression that I
suffer from makes suicidal thoughts my constant companions. And who can
afford the mental health professionals that are supposed to help us through
these times? What a vicious cycle.
Please help me keep our home, get some type of transportation, and pay our
medical expenses so I can be a better care giver.
Thank you for reading my story. And many, many thanks if you can help.