Written by Victor P.
After a few strokes caused by an uncommon medical condition, I found myself at age 55 unable to live the life I was used to. My mobility was affected, particularly my ability to walk and use my left arm. Even the simplest things like getting dressed became impossible without assistance. It was humbling and embarrassing to need help with everything. I lived in a skilled nursing facility in El Cajon for 3 long years. It was very depressing and I became increasingly frustrated with my situation but finances limited by choices and I was afraid I’d never be able to live on my own again.
One day, an ombudsman from the County of San Diego told me about Access to Independence and when I called I was connected with Monica. She was so very kind, considerate and thoughtful and gave me hope that there was assistance available once I was able to move. After several months, my son helped me get some VA benefits I was owed and I was finally able to find a new home. The only problem was I had absolutely nothing but some clothes. How could I furnish my room? Immediately I remembered Monica and called her right away.
She came through with everything I needed and more! In just a few short days, I had a bed, dresser, table, lamp, sheets and towels not to mention financial assistance with the rent for my room and a shower bench & a transfer pole. I am so happy to be living in my own room again with meals, activities and lots of support. Every day gets better and I know I’ll become more independent. The best part of being here is that my grandchildren can visit me again. It means the world to me to have them around. I can’t thank Monica and Access to Independence enough for all they’ve done. I feel truly blessed and grateful to them for giving me a new lease on life.