Mr. D. was an active individual before January 2020. He had a passion and love for being outside, working in gardens at home and work. As a local university professor, he was still keeping a busy schedule at 70 years old. That all came to a halt on one fateful day in January. He was rushing to answer his front door when he slipped and fell. He failed to notice a plastic bag on the floor, and as he fell, he hit his head on a table.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries, lethal or not, for our aging populations. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 11 seconds, an older adult gets treated for a fall in the emergency room. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies due to a fall. Falls can be dangerous, and for Mr. D, his fall left him with spinal cord damage and put him in a wheelchair. In just that moment, his life changed. Now he is dependent on his family and his caregiver to help him with many of his daily tasks. The process of getting him out of or into his own home required two people. The family set up a makeshift ramp from two pieces of plywood, which was extremely dangerous for Mr. D and his family.
Thankfully, Mr. D. was aware of CASA of Madison County and called to request assistance with a wheelchair ramp. Thanks to the donations and the volunteers, we were able to improve his quality of life and help him remain in his home more safely, independently, and with dignity. Mr. D was so grateful for his new wheelchair ramp. It allows him to be better cared for and have more freedom. As he continues to recover, he can rest assured he has a safe entry and exit for his home. His family is also grateful for the help CASA of Madison County provided. Now they feel more confident in his safety and are no longer putting themselves at risk of injury getting him in and out of the home.
Our donors and volunteers play an integral part in providing possible solutions to the barriers our aging and homebound neighbors often face in maintaining their independence and dignity. CASA of Madison County receives funding from individuals and grants. CASA does not receive funding from insurance reimbursements or federal or state budgeted dollars. CASA has been providing these needed services in Madison County for more than 40 years, and the needs continue to grow. By supporting CASA of Madison County, you are helping an under-served and vulnerable population in our community.