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dougtamjj
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Hi everyone,

I am considering bring my mother back to the island with me. She is disabled, needs assistance with personal needs and cannot walk very far unassisted. She also has COPD and is on oxygen. Other than that she is in good health. I have been trying to do some research to see what aid is available to her on St. Croix but I am having a difficult time. Is there any agency that provides home health care? She is a medicare, medicaid recipient. Also are there any senior groups that get together for social activities. Thank you.

Tammy

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Topic starter Posted : November 30, 2008 11:34 am
trw
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Tam,call gerald groner's law office and talk to his office manager Karen B,she's going through the same thing with her mom in law here and can help you with all your questions

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Posted : November 30, 2008 11:52 am
dougtamjj
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Thank you trw.

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Topic starter Posted : November 30, 2008 11:56 am
beachy
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I would try continuum care in Gallows Bay first. They do hospice, but also fill other needs on the island, and likely could tell you who else to speak to as well. They accept medicare for the hospice I know. There also might be some gov't organizations etc. There is a senior citizen office, listed in the gov't section, perhaps under Human Services--and I believe a senior activity center....We went to an office across form the Federal courthouse for my husband to get his senior card. I don't have a phone book handy, but the gov't numbers are in the book on innovative.com. There is a medical supply place in Sion Farm, I think owned by Dynell Soto, but I don't know the name..don't know if they do the oxygen or if it would be some place like St Croix Gasses. My neighbor had some difficulty getting home aids..but I don't know if it was an availability issue or because she's a grouch.

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Posted : November 30, 2008 12:04 pm
Bombi
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Tami, my father in lae has been using a home care nurse from Continuium Care for @ a month all is good.

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Posted : November 30, 2008 1:10 pm
Lizard
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Tammy,
Try calling the people at AARP 340 772 0560. They may know people looking for work in that field. ,God Bless you and good luck "been there"!

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Posted : November 30, 2008 3:10 pm
STXResident
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Talk with Tracy, owner of Continuum Care, they are reconized by Medi care and very good.

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Posted : November 30, 2008 3:48 pm
divinggirl
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My mother had COPD and her doctor advised her not to come here due to the Sahara dust and volcanic ash. However, she was quite far along in the disease and travel was difficult for her. Something you may want to speak to your mothers doctor about.

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Posted : November 30, 2008 8:06 pm
dougtamjj
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Thanks everyone. You have given me a lot of good information.

Divinggirl, thanks as well. Mom has actually lived on the island with us for 2 years but became seriously ill last March when we returned to the states. The dust seems to only be a problem in the summer and we try to bring her back to the states during that time.

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Topic starter Posted : December 1, 2008 3:02 pm
eagleray
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8-)God it's good to know others are dealing with this issue. The kids are stable, as can be, but the moms, mine more-so.
Should we bring her or not??? Build a bungalow for her? Our previous isle was just too small, she seems to like St. Croix, hosp. stores etc. Hell if we know, in home care is available, thats good; but this,CONUS,mainland, homeland, gringoland, whatever is for the birds . The CARNIVAL is calling louder and louder and she is too! Yes, we are bringing her she can still kick and scream on her own. So let her enjoy the warmth for the time. After all she is MOM (86)!!!
Cheers to all!

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Posted : December 1, 2008 5:41 pm
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