Anna had known about the Ottauquechee Health Foundation before she needed grant funding. But after a major automobile accident, Anna and her family soon found out OHF provides support well beyond just the money.
Anna spent 11 days in the hospital following a head-on collision. Due to the pandemic and other factors, home was the safest place to continue her recovery. From the start, OHF grants coordinator Beth Robinson was the liaison between Anna’s family and the hospital. Beth also arranged for Anna’s daughter to be able to visit her in the hospital, enabling her, to practice providing the care her mother would need at home.
“Beth and the OHF helped to remove unnecessary stress from myself and my family by arranging for all the medical equipment that would be necessary for my home health care”, Anna said. “Beth’s warm and caring personality never made me feel like I was just a number.”
As family members stepped in to help Anna at home, an OHF respite grant was a key source of support.
“My daughter and sister were my main caregivers. Through Beth’s extensive knowledge of the OHF grants and programs, my caregivers were able to receive a little bit of income via a grant from the OHF,” she said.
An OHF grant also paid for some crucial items that weren’t covered by Anna’s health insurance, including a hospital bed and wheelchair. The Foundation helped set up an occupational therapist for Anna as well. The support from OHF was critical to the recovery process, she emphasized.
“I can’t thank Beth and the Ottauquechee Health Foundation enough,” she said, adding, “I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t been able to get a hospital bed and all the things necessary to enable me to eventually become ambulatory.”
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