Living on a quiet street in Plymouth, Indiana, Sandy often finds herself thinking about how thankful she is for REAL Services. “I’d be totally lost without her,” Sandy expresses when speaking about her case manager, Allison.
Sandy is 56 years old who suffered from a massive stroke six years ago that impaired the left side of her body. Having always been a very self-sufficient woman, Sandy finds it hard to rely on others for help. “I used to work 60-70 hours a week before I had the stroke,” Sandy says. She also makes a point to say that she is always very thankful for all the assistance she receives from REAL Services and her caregivers.
When Sandy had her stroke six years ago, she felt completely helpless with no nearby family members to care for her. That is when REAL Services stepped in. Immediately REAL Services came into her home and assessed what needed to be done. A homemaker, bath aide, and a lifeline button were quickly arranged for Sandy, so that she did not have to go into a long-term care facility. Then home modifications were made that were essential for Sandy to stay in her home.
Reminiscing on more positive memories, Sandy ended the conversation expressing some of her favorite times going to the conservation camp in Kankakee with her family. “We would sit around the campfire, go fishing, play games. It was all-in-all fun, like having a picnic 24/7.”
Sandy’s thankful attitude continues as she gives thanks for REAL Services, and everyone that has made the organization possible. She concludes by saying, “I thank God for you, God bless you, and thank you very much. I wouldn’t have made it without you.”