The Reeve Foundation Information Specialist (IS) team received an inquiry from a man who has been a quadriplegic for 16 years. His power wheelchair was 11-years-old and no longer worked. Medicaid guidelines did not allow for repairs or replacement because the man was in a nursing home.
Desperate so he can get out of bed and move about independently, he contacted the Reeve Foundation three times over a five month period. An IS contacted numerous agencies in his home state but without any luck. This week the IS member received a call that a chair was available but needed to be retrieved ASAP before it was listed in the general inventory.
Knowing that it might be a long time before a similar chair became available the IS located a taxi company that was willing to deliver the wheelchair to the man. An anonymous donor covered the cost of the taxi and its delivery.
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Bernadette F. Mauro
Director, Information and Resource Services
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
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