From: Fredonia, Wilson County
Impact of Budget Cuts: Lowered Protected Income
LOC Score: 58
Senator: Derek Schmidt (15th)
Representative: Mary Compton (13th)
The budget cuts effective February 2003 will force me to enter a nursing home. This will cost the state an additional $16,000 a year for my care. I will be required to live on $645 per month, a reduction of $70.
I now receive in-home care for which I pay $171 per month. The state pays the remaining $450 per month or $5400 per year for 20 hours per week of attendant care. I pay all my living expenses. My therapy expenses (which Medicare does not cover) take the remainder of my check. The therapy has enabled me to improve from being a total-care invalid to walking with a cane. I do most of my personal hygiene with help. I still can't manage medication, transportation, therapy, paperwork, and housekeeping. I cannot live alone without help.