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A Stair Glide Provides Accessibility and Much More

A social work intern at Jewish Family and Children’s Service referred Esther to FHBS. She is 87-years-old and lives in a two-story house in the far Northeast. Her daughter, who has breast cancer, lives with and takes care of her. Their combined monthly income from Social Security and SSD is $2,673. Additionally, Esther receives SNAP in the amount of $16, Medicaid and PACE. Her husband died of lung cancer, and his treatment depleted their savings. Esther suffers from COPD as a result of secondary smoke inhalation. The intern contacted FHBS looking for resources to buy a stair glide. FHBS suggested rental and reached out to reactivate a relationship with a reliable vendor. The annual cost will be $1,149. FHBS paid $644.05 for installation plus six-months; JFCS will pay the next installment. Esther’s daughter left the following phone message: “… I want to thank the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society for what they have done for my mom… I try the best I can to take care of her and the stair glide is just wonderful. I wish I could tell you how many times she uses it. She was always confined to her bed and stayed upstairs and now she can come down and eat dinner with us…”

Written by Eileen S. Sklaroff