Allyson Middleton Coker approached RossWoods knowing her mother, Joann Middleton, needed some help with respite care for her father, Jim. Allyson knew that her mom needed support, so she turned to United Way Community Partner, RossWoods. Joann toured the facility and was a little apprehensive thinking that Jim might not want to leave her, which is so often the case. RossWoods Adult Day Services engages its participants and gives them meaningful days through various activities, so Joann felt comfortable. After the tour, Jim enrolled at RossWoods using United Way funding to cover the fees since he did not qualify for other funding sources. United Way fills the funding gap for clients during the process of filing paperwork to attend RossWoods. Jim currently attends RossWoods three days a week. Jim enjoys playing the 19th hole in their garden and Bingo with several other participants. Jim always says that “it was a good day” when Joann picks him up at the end of each day which means the world to a caregiver.
“We are so fortunate to have a place like RossWoods in our community. I reached out to RossWoods mostly because of Jim’s memory issues, but also because he didn’t have anything to do at home. Jim was used to going golfing almost every day and when I became his full-time caregiver it was more difficult for me to get him out of the house. His days mostly consisted of sitting on the couch. Jim is very much a people person. He was mayor for 12 years, and was in city politics for 20 years, along with being a successful businessman. RossWoods has given him the opportunity to engage with other people through their activities while I can get some time to myself. He fell in love with the staff from day one. I was blown away by the fact that United Way supplements the cost of the fees to attend RossWoods. It was such an unseen blessing, a gift, and we definitely couldn’t do this without United Way. Jim and I have been married 67 years and it means the world to me to know that he’s safe, cared for, loved, and supported. I can feel very confident that he’s in good hands. I feel like RossWoods has not only been the answer for myself, but for both of us, and our whole family.”
Health Strategic Guideline:
Support prevention services so youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:
784 hours of respite care given to caregivers.
70 elderly and disabled individuals provided with nursing care, bathing, nutrition, and therapeutic activities
Your gift will:
Supply children with hearing, vision, and dental screenings
Help individuals receive residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction
Give children born with birth defects access to lifesaving medical care
Provide care for elderly and disabled individuals