Living In the Moment

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“It has been a lot of work, but I put those challenges behind me,” said Carol. “I am looking forward to my second chance at freedom and living in the moment with my friends and church.”

Carol, a recent transition consumer, lives every moment to the fullest. She doesn’t look back at how difficult life was before SCIL and she rarely thinks about the 12 years she spent living in a nursing home. You may remember her; SCIL featured her at the beginning of 2012 and we want to share her progress living on her own.

“I couldn’t have moved out and learned to live on my own again without SCIL,” said Carol about her successful transition.

Since Carol moved to a home in the community she has seen many improvements in her life. Now, she is responsible for her own care and is in charge of her life again. With a little assistance from a friend, Carol has been able to learn many life skills herself.

“I take pride in chores many of us don’t enjoy, such as washing dishes, laundry, cooking and banking. Because now I am able to do them in my own place, on my own time,” said Carol about the things many of us take for granted. “When I lived in the nursing home, I wasn’t able to choose when, how or even what got done. They were in complete control.”

She contacted SCIL whose Disability Advocates assisted her in finding what resources were available to her in the community, reviewing her finances and housing options. Next, SCIL assisted her through all the details needed to move into the community. Carol has continued to work in-depth with SCIL the past year to ensure her success.

Fortunately, Carol qualified for a Money Follows the Person state grant available to people with disabilities and seniors age 60 and older who qualify for Medicaid and who have lived in a nursing home or institution for at least 90 days. The grant assists with transition costs such as rental and utility deposits or the purchase of tangible items needed to live independently.

“It has been a lot of work, but I put those challenges behind me,” said Carol. “I am looking forward to my second chance at freedom and living in the moment with my friends and church.”

If you or someone you love would like to learn more about transitioning from a nursing home or institutional setting, please contact us at 417.886.1188 or www.swcil.org.