Program seeks to give independence to those in recovery

HACEP
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:17pm

The independence of living in your own home.

That's what one new program is providing for those currently in nursing homes.

El Pasoan Eustolia Garretson is one of the recipients.

She was taken by surprise by an infection three years ago. Her treatment caused an allergic reaction which put her in a two-month-long coma and forced her to relearn how to walk.

Now, through the 'Money Follows the Person' program, established by Housing Authority of El Paso and the Texas Dept. of Aging and Disability services, 10 low-income people are getting the help to live on their own.

They helped pay her rent, buy furniture, and bring her an aide for 30 hours a week, said Garretson.

"They brought me my first month's groceries and cleaning products and things like that. Not to mention the 'you can do it' attitude they instilled in me. So it made a big difference," she said.

"It allows people to leave the nursing home setting, and find an apartment with a landlord. And they live where they choose, in an area of town that they want to live in," said HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon.

Only eight spots are left for those interested in taking part of the program.

To apply, contact VOLAR's Irene Alvarez at (915) 591-0800 ext. 204.

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