HOW WE SAVED AN 82 YEAR OLD LADY FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE
ADVOCATING FOR OUR CLIENTS
TESTIMONY: Client had been bedridden for 3 years; only been out of the house 3 days in that time. She was admitted to hospital and then Rehab in latter prt of 2018 and discharged Jan. 2019. There were no services scheduled for her, although she was unable to even sit up. I referred her to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; they did an assessment and arranged for in-home services. She explained she had hospital/doctor bills that were close to $8,000. Although she had Medicare, she had no plan to pay for services NOT covered by Medicare. Arrangements were made to have a health insurance broker to visit her home. She was reluctant and afraid that she'd incur a huge monthly premium, especially since she has several pre-existing medical issues. She was shocked to receive a plan that had a ZERO premium...including rides to doctors visits, and affordable co-pays. However, the client felt overwhelmed by the huge bills; no way she could pay them. I spent time sorting the bills, discarding duplicates and documenting dates, doctors, procedures, etc. Several calls were made to the nursing home's corporate office and
finally I found someone who took time to HEAR the case. That person agreed to cut the bill in HALF - allowing her to make payment arrangements. She and I both felt the lifting of a heavy weight. P.S. Something I forgot to tell you. This lady was contemplatng SUICIDE the very day I called to offer service.
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"Cast me not off in time of old age" Psalm 71:9
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The Philadelphia Senate on Aging has served the elderly for over three decades. Our members have proudly counseled their peers regarding Medicare and Medicaid issues, saving them thousands in medical expenses. We've assisted clients in a myriad of ways: averting evictions, utility shut-offs, housing adaptations, mortgage assistance, rent/real estate debates, PACE prescriptions, etc. We all are volunteers
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