ITNCharlestonTrident received a “Shining Star” from the South Carolina Aging In Place Coalition during their “High Tea” held October 5.
Over 130 people attended the event to acknowledge organizations that represent “shining examples” of the kinds of resources and services that are available to help seniors age in place successfully.
The nomination letter below tells a story that takes place in South Carolina, but “Carol E.” could live anywhere. Her predicament shows how critical ITN services are to our growing population of older Americans.
Shining Star nomination letter:
Carol E. will admit that she had it all: two vacation homes, good health and enough money to support herself comfortably. However, after a serious accident left her with a fractured leg and hip problem, her security vanished.
While physical ailments and emotional strain tested Carol, her financial situation became overwhelming when her car was stolen and the hospital bills came rolling in. With her transportation gone and injuries that left her immobile, her two houses were foreclosed on and she faced the threat of moving into assisted living.
Struggling to stay independent, Carol purchased a small trailer and signed up for the Meals on Wheels program. Unfortunately, because of the location, she was unable find reliable transportation. With her age and injuries, the bus stops were too far away and the over-sized steps too difficult to manage. She had long since exhausted the help her friends were able to provide. Essentially, she was trapped and her independence was slowly slipping away.
Carol received disability checks but had no way to get to the bank to cash them. They were piling up and useless as she became a prisoner in her home. Her trailer was left unfurnished because she had no way to shop. Her lack of transportation was a great encumbrance to maintaining the independent, quality lifestyle that she desired. In fact, her independence was quickly washing away.
Then Carol learned about ITNCharlestonTrident, an innovative program designed to meet the transportation needs of seniors and the visually impaired. After using the service, Carol called to say that ITNCharlestonTrident made it possible for her to furnish her house and do the daily things that make living worthwhile. She even noted that the “Meals on Wheels ladies” commented on the difference they saw in her demeanor.
Carol is just one of many examples of ITNCharlestonTrident helping to give the Lowcountry’s senior community the freedom and independence necessary to enjoy a positive quality of life by providing individualized and dignified transportation in private cars.
Jim Ledbetter, Executive Director (third from left)