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Mr. H is 70 years old. In an industrial accident, Mr. H was shocked by electricity resulting in his legs being paralyzed. Mr. H lives alone and was dependent upon friends and neighbors to physically lift him in and out of his van when he needed to see a doctor or get to other appointments.
Mr. H contacted ACIL and was determined to be eligible for services. An assessment was conducted by Van Lifts Unlimited who determined the type of lift needed as well as four point tie down's to stabilize the wheelchair. We then scheduled him for the installation of the equipment.
Mr. H is now able to get in and out of his van on his own and get to his doctor and other appointments. The total cost was $5,545 and Mr. H is no longer at risk of being institutionalized.
Ms. G is 58 years old, lives alone and has multiple disabilities including diabetes, nerve neuropathy, obesity, and kidney problems. Due to her lack of mobility Ms. G had to depend on friends and neighbors to physically help her in and out of her home. This presented a barrier to her independence, as well as a significant safety risk, especially in case of fire.
After determining Ms. G eligible for our services by ACIL, an assessment was conducted of her home to determine the design for her ramp. The ramp was then constructed at a total of $2,200.
Ms. G is able to come and go without assistance, lives safely in her own home, and is no longer at risk of being institutionalized.