Friday Success Story: Service helps senior stay in her home

At age 85, “Nina” feels she is blessed to still be able to continue living independently in her beloved Boone County home. For two hours every other week a trained homemaker comes to Nina’s home doing tasks like changing bed linens, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, dusting and vacuuming, doing laundry, washing the inside of windows or grocery shopping.

Not long ago, Nina began to realize she could no longer do the things she used to be able to do. She was tired by mid-afternoon each day but was finding it hard to accept that she needed help. However, she knew that without some kind of assistance she would soon be forced to give up her home and her independence. She contacted Boone County Senior Services in Lebanon, a United Way funded agency providing a variety of services to Boone County residents over age 60.

After talking with Cindy Hickson, the agency’s director of Personal Services, the two determined that all Nina needed at this time was a little regular help with housekeeping chores. United Way funding helps the agency offer a sliding fee scale so the service is affordable for seniors like Nina on a limited income.

A day after the homemaker’s first visit, Cindy received a call from Nina who began the conversation with, “I wanted to make sure you know…”

Cindy’s first thought was, “Oh dear, just what is it she wants to make sure I know?”

“I think the girl you sent me got lost along the way here yesterday”, Nina continued. “I think SHE got lost and God sent an angel in her place!” She went on to say how wonderful her homemaker is and how privileged and thankful she is to have her come into her home.

Note: United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. This mission includes support of 92 human service agencies whose programs contribute to one or more of UWCI’s four priorities of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. Besides homemaker services, Boone County Senior Services programs include transportation, friendly visiting, home health aide, recreation, guardianship, health screenings and other services aimed at enriching the lives of Boone County seniors. The agency shares UWCI’s priorities of Income, Health and Basic Needs.

Since 1981, UWCI has invested over $3.1 million in support of Boone County Senior Services’ mission to provide life sustaining and enriching services for older adults. This funding includes over $893,000 for capital projects, facility maintenance, technology needs and other targeted grants from funds contributed specifically for those purposes. The agency’s current Community Fund allocation is $77,538.