Need Help Paying For Home Health Aide Hours

For: michele kaplan
New York, NY
Organizer: michele kaplan
Need Help Paying For Home Health Aide Hours (michele kaplan)
$1,051
of $2,000 goal
52% Complete
Raised by 30 donors

The Story

So, while normally I am a very active and independent and proud disabled person (creative activist and believer that another world is possible), for the past month +, after having a nasty medical setback (involving dysphagia, further spine damage and a benign brain cyst growth spurt on my cerebellum), I've needed home health aides to help me live in my home.

Medicare (my insurance) only covers things temporarily/short term care, so my mom has been paying out of pocket, as I fought to get stronger. And I was. We had less hours. I had plans to take back my life.

Then for some reason, I had a setback within a setback and now need even more home health aide hours for safety reasons, including sometimes at night which alone is $200 per night (which as you can imagine really adds up). I try to go without when I can but it's just not safe at this point (I am prone to falling and downright not being able to move, as well as cognitive impairment), but neither my mom nor I are wealthy and while we are looking into medicaid coverage, in the meantime, here we are: choosing between safety and what we can afford, which no one should have to do.

And so I am raising money to help pay for the costs for the increase in hours. Please help if you can. Even a dollar helps out 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 16, 2018

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Posted on April 16, 2018

Hey all, just wanted to give a quick update and to say THANK YOU to everyone who has donated. I really am blown away by the generosity. As I've said in the past update, the 900+ dollars that was raised really helped in covering the cost of the bit where I needed 24 hour care, so THANK YOU! 'Cus that is sadly not cheap. I am trying to reduce my home health aide hours (sadly not because it's what is best medically but it's best financially and also I miss living alone #truth) but I recently found out that it will take at least 45 days just for my medicaid application to be processed and some sort of decision is made. I was told that people are usually denied the first time around and you have to repeal ('cus they want to make you really really want this? what?) so unfortunately, as much as I am still amazed as to how much was raised, I need to continue signal boosting the fundraiser as it seems we're in for the long haul. Thanks again to everyone who has donate and if you haven't already, please please share this.   

May we all one day live in a society where no one has to crowdfund to pay for medical expenses


Posted on April 11, 2018

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Posted on April 11, 2018

$876 raised! Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or shared this in their circles. Every little bit helps and I seriously appreciate this y'all


Posted on April 8, 2018

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Posted on April 8, 2018

We have raised over $460! I am really touched by the generosity, y'all! Thank you SO much

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