Roughly 10 years ago, Fran Madnick spent four years in a nursing
home. She said “it was not living”, adding that she would rather live
on the street than go back.
“I am a consumer for personal
assistance ... PA’s are an extension of my life,” said the 67 year-old
retired teacher who, because of fibromyalgia and almost 100 percent vision loss in both eyes, qualifies for five hours of home care every day.
relies on Medicaid to pay for her personal assistance (PA). According to Madnick, the health care professionals help her with everything from laundry
and cleaning, to grocery shopping and trips to the city. She says home care allows her to be independent because she isn’t forced to
abide by a nursing home’s schedule.
“If I didn’t have them
I wouldn’t be able to be here today, I wouldn’t be able to be a mother
or a grandmother,” she said. “If they cut back my hours, that’s one
thing, but if they cut me out of the program itself ... That could mean I’d
have to go back to the nursing home, and I refuse.”
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