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A Caregiver Story: A Needed Helping Hand

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Angela, 78, and her husband, Ruben, 80, had suffered an unexpected setback. In a severe fall, Angela fractured her rib and also injured her elbow. The sole caregiver for her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, Angela could no longer do the required work to care for him. The couple had to hire in-home assistance to provide for some of Ruben’s needs, and these additional medical bills threw off their finances. The stress had become untenable when The Kathi Koll Foundation stepped in to provide a little light. The foundation paid off his remaining $256 medic  ...read more

A Caregiver Story: A Lack of Personal Time

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Last fall, Aminta’s husband, Jorge, had a heart attack, and two months later, he suffered a stroke. Since then, she has had no personal time. She’s been forced to miss her own medical appointments to care for him, and she desperately needed someone to occasionally take over the many tasks involved in his care, including bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. She applied to The Kathi Koll Foundation for assistance and received $1,500 in respite hours. “The words ‘thank you’ just don’t seem to be enough to express my heartfelt appreciation,” Aminta said. “Self-care w  ...read more

A Caregiver Story: A Need for Respite

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Often, full-time caregivers have no time to care for themselves. This has been the case for Maria, 58, whose 80-year-old mother suffers from dementia. Maria’s income barely covers her bills, and for eight years, she has had no extra income to hire someone to take over so she could take a few days off or at least get a few hours of respite. Then she applied for a grant from The Kathi Koll Foundation and received $1,500 in respite hours. “I cannot begin to tell you how much this grant has meant to me,” Maria said. “The gift of this treasured grant allows me some rest e  ...read more

A Caregiver Story: Some Needed Relief

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For more than a decade, Kathy and her son, Matthew, 27, have worked to win his fight with leukemia. The battle has had some ups and downs, including periodic relapses and arduous stem cell transplantation in Seattle, far from their North Dakota home. Kathy has been his primary caregiver during the downturns that leave Matthew both vulnerable to infection and too weak to care for himself. He has required a non-working caregiver, which meant their financial situation became challenging, and then an unexpected $8,000 dental bill to replace Kathy’s cracked imp  ...read more

A Caregiver Story: The Gift of Heat

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Jody’s 85-year-old mother, Angelina, was literally dying from the cold in their home, but the family couldn’t afford a new heater. Both heaters in the house had broken around the same time, leaving only space heaters to provide warmth this past winter. They used space heaters and blankets to make do, but the cold was taxing Angelina’s heart. “It was freezing in the house, which caused her weak heart to beat faster” to maintain adequate body heat, Jody said. “Then she caught a cold, which caused her heart to beat even faster.” The strain eventually led Jody's   ...read more

A Caregiver Story: Sinking under bills

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For 22 years, Tony, 66, has struggled with Parkinson’s disease while his wife, Edna, 62, has been his primary caregiver. In addition, for most of those years, Edna had worked full-time, but three years ago, Tony’s ailment became so severe that he needed full-time care. Edna stepped in to provide it by reducing her paid work to part-time. However, this meant the couple’s income dropped precipitously, and since then, paying bills has often been a struggle. Over the holidays, the couple found themselves in a hole with multiple utility bills, and The Kathi Koll Foundation came to   ...read more