Esther R sitting in her lift chair. She is smiling and holding a bouquet of pink flowers. She has short dark hair and is wearing a lilac cardigan with a calf length black skirt.

One of the most natural things a person might want to do in life is to sit back and relax. However, if you live alone and cannot independently maneuver out of a comfy chair due to aging or a physical disability, this can be a difficult if not impossible activity.  Medicare may pay for the seat-lift mechanism of a lift chair, but they do not pay for the comfy part you actually can sit on.  Kinda of hard to relax on a motor don’t you think? But if you cannot come up with the rest of the dollars, you are out of luck.

This is the where the ASSISTIVE Possibilities Fund helped Esther, a North Dakota woman.  She just wanted to rest and relax in a nice comfortable place, but, of course, she did not want to be stuck in her chair all day long, as well.

Last year, Esther applied for and received dollars from the Possibilities Fund to help pay for the remaining costs of her lift chair. We recently received this beautiful picture above of Esther in her new cushy lift chair with the following message:

“For everything you’ve done…for being the special people that you are…thank you so very much. Thank you for my lift chair, it has made my life easier and independent. I enjoy resting in it every day. May God truly bless you for your kindness and generosity.”

Thanks to the generosity of people like you on Giving Hearts Day, we at ASSISTIVE can help people like Esther be independent again with everyday activities that many of us take for granted!  Giving Hearts Day is this week on Thursday, February 8, 2018-ALL Day! If you would like to help us continue to give the gift of INDEPENDENCE, please go to the Impact website on the 8th and choose ASSISTIVE! Thanks for your support!

About Author

Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.