The well-being and independence of people affected by quadriplegia are challenged on a daily basis because of their extensive healthcare needs and extraordinary dependence on others. They must rely on personal care attendants for all activities of daily living, which most people take for granted:
Constant vigilance is necessary to avoid numerous life-threatening complications such as respiratory problems, urinary tract infections, and skin breakdown. But the cost of attendant care is beyond the reach of most individuals and families. Insurance coverage for long-term home care is expensive and usually inadequate. People living with quadriplegia relying on job disability or retirement benefits often fall through the cracks because they cannot afford attendant care and they do not qualify for social assistance.
A strong support system and resources to hire skilled and reliable home care workers are needed to sustain health, family stability and independent activity. When the necessary supports are not available, individuals may experience failing health and isolation. Nursing home placement is usually a last resort.
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InSpirit's Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale
Early in the life of InSpirit, as Aneice Taylor and her friends thought about ways to raise money and raise consciousness, the idea of a community event came to mind. There were many gardeners in her circle who could raise a few “extras” when they planted for their own backyards, so the Plant Sale was born!
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Karen R. Emerson