Looking Forward and Living
Nancy Stute, Nursing Facility
I would like to tell you about the
success of transitioning Edward Casias to his new home. This young man lived in
the Bottineau Good Samaritan Society for 2 years due to 3 amputation surgeries.
He had to learn to walk again with prosthetics through extensive therapy. It was a huge success at the age of 59.
Shortly after starting out in his new apartment, Ed had to go to the emergency
room. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and was sent back to the Bottineau Good
Samaritan to get well again. In his few more weeks at the nursing home, Ed did
not one time give up and was still set on going back to community living. So
with a little more education and assistance again, Ed was discharged to his
apartment in Rolette County.
I am very proud of what Ed has
overcome during his transition to independent living and more importantly, Ed
is also proud of himself. Ed decided to not have a helper come in for assisting
him with activities of daily living and continues to grow in many areas. He is
confident in setting up his medications, picking up the meds at the pharmacy,
cooking, cleaning, and personal care. He is also happy to be sleeping much
better in his own bed. He has been in good spirits after he was approved for an
apartment. His happiness led to strength and great results at doctor visits and
he has even overcome his fight with smoking. Ed feels without smoking, he can
exercise more and breathe better. He does admit to eating more sweets
sometimes. Ed says, “I do what I am supposed to, to be successful”. With that,
as a team the coordinator and Ed had to battle the Social Security office, as
no one can live on $30 a month. It was about a 2 month battle, but when we
finally got through to the right people who could understand the situation, the
case was expedited and solved. This was another success that we celebrated upon
Ed returning to community living. Now without the stress of income and health,
Ed has been able to maintain independence by doing everything on his own from
his discharge date.
Ed shares with me that he is
thankful for his apartment and furnishings provided by the Money Follows the
Person Program (MFP). Ed states, “I feel the MFP Program has allowed me to
start life over again and now I can look forward, rather than backwards”. Ed
was thankful for his transition coordinator helping set up his meds and going
through them one-on-one on the doses and times. Ed also is thankful for the
change in relationships that the transition has sparked. Ed is now in more
contact with his son, brothers, and the rest of the family. In Ed’s words,
“Persistence paid off!” He has now been out on his own since January 19, 2016
and lives life to the fullest.