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CHP Helps Eau Claire Resident to Live Independently
Each month Rodney’s medications cost about $100 less than the income he and his wife Myra have to live on.
“That doesn’t leave much to buy food,” says Rodney, “to say nothing of paying for the routine expenses of maintaining our small house.”
“Without their help – I don’t know what we’d do,” says Myra.
Rodney, who has had heart surgery and seven heart attacks, relies on supplemental oxygen and several daily medications. Myra provides the majority of his personal care, and receives compensation for up to 24 hours per week as part of the Self-Directed Supports option offered by CHP. Once a month they also receive a visit from a member of their CHP interdisciplinary care team.
“Within reason, I feel there’s nothing CHP wouldn’t do for me. Even with all my health issues, Myra and I are both independent and neither of us feel we need institutional care. As long as we have CHP, we’re OK.”
Rodney has been a member of CHP since 2007. He found out about CHP almost by accident as he was looking through a booklet from Medicare. “Lo and behold there was this local company that sounded like a good thing, so I called them up,” he said. “What a difference that made!”
In the comfort of his own home, he enjoys working on the computer, watching television, and keeping abreast of news and sports through papers from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester, Minnesota. An energetic miniature Dachshund named Sophie provides good company. If Myra needs to be away from the house, Rodney keeps the cell phone near him. He also wears a pendant with a button he can push if he needs emergency help. During mild weather, Rodney, Myra, and Sophie enjoy sitting on the front porch of their home, “people watching.” “We’re happy we can stay in our home,” Rodney said. “Without CHP, we wouldn’t be able to.”
Thanks to CHP, individuals like Rodney faced with these and other similar situations have more options than they may realize. CHP integrates health and long-term care funding and services for frail elderly and physically or developmentally disabled adults who reside in five counties (Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce & St. Croix) in west-central Wisconsin.
CHP utilizes a team approach with a mission-driven philosophy to provide and honor members’ choices and encourage independence. At the same time, the program works with members to help them manage complex chronic diseases.
For more information about CHP, visit their website at www.communityhealthpartnership.com or contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in your county.