CareGifters: Giving to Help Larry


CareGifters: Giving to Help Larry

larry_momThrough our CareGifters program, we fund caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time, as often as we can.

This month, we're raising money to help, Larry, a member since February 2013. He cares for his mom and has inspired us with his advocacy, tenacity and ability to find time for fun. Larry's car just past its ninth life. In the past, when his needed repairs, Larry simply walked, often pushing his mom in her wheelchair, to where he needed to go--grocery shopping, church. Unfortunately, with his car in need of maintenance, he no longer can visit his mom, currently in rehab, because of the distance.

So, we're raising to help Larry, who's also facing the issue of where to live. He needs to move to a larger apartment to accommodate his mom's care needs. With your help, we can get Larry's car back on the road and hopefully helped with the first month's rent on a new place.

Our goal is to send $500 to help Larry manage his most pressing concerns. Larry is the 18th family caregiver we’ve been able to help through our CareGifters program.

You can help by donating via the donation button at the bottom of this post. Your donation is tax deductible as our CareGifters program is part of our non-profit organization, The Center for Family Caregivers. You also can help by purchasing a copy of our latest book, A Caregiving Day, a book of poems. Proceeds from the sale of our eBook and print book will go directly to Allison. You also can purchase a book at the bottom of this post.

Thanks so much for your help!

In his CareGifters application, Larry details how he will use the $500: Tell us about your caregiving situation. For whom do you care? How long have you been in a caregiving situation?
Larry: I cared for my grandmother for about 2 years ending in 2002. I then care for my mother on and off since 2002 but started long term in 2010. I also care for a friend and two paid clients. Tell us about your three most pressing concerns. *
Larry: Our current apartment is inadequate for Mom to come home to as it is to small. I do not qualify for any pay for her until she returns home and we do not qualify for Section 8 Housing until she is discharged.

The car broke down again and I do not know where the funds will come from for repairs.

Mom's MCO messed up paperwork they sent to the state and changed my address to the address of Mom's rehab center as well. So now I failed a background check for a new position and may lose my current clients if it is not fixed quickly. The state ombudsman will not help as I am not the client and they only help the client not the family or caregiver. How will receiving $500 help you?
Larry: I can either use it to help with the deposit on another apartment or fix the car and it will give me a little more piece of mind.

You can read more about Larry's predicament on his latest blog post, Update of 5/16/15.

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