Loretta’s Story

It’s All about Choices

Because of your donations Loretta can remain in her home where she wants to be. (Loretta and her Care Manager, Eliza Chace)

Because of your donations Loretta can remain in her home where she wants to be. (Loretta and her Care Manager, Eliza Chace)

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) offers a comprehensive array of specialized programs that have been developed to address the unique situations and circumstances faced by elders and individuals with disabilities.

Like you, we believe that everyone should decide where they live. OCES provides the choices, options and alternatives to assist elders and individuals with disabilities, like Loretta, to remain living in their homes.

Loretta is an 80-year old woman who has suffered through a number of health issues over recent years, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (now in remission), a hip replacement, compression fractures, spinal stenosis and a stroke. She utilizes a walker and can no longer drive a car. Although one of her four adult children lives nearby, Loretta requires a range of services that is well beyond what her daughter (who works full time to support her own young family) can fully provide. Loretta was referred to OCES six years ago because she needed help with daily activities such as bathing, food shopping and laundry. Without these supports she would be forced to leave her home. Despite all of these incredible health challenges, Loretta still remains tremendously upbeat and lives independently in an elderly housing complex in Brockton receiving much needed assistance from OCES. As a consumer, Loretta receives assistance from a Personal Care Attendant along with homemaking, laundry and grocery services. She also receives Meals On Wheels every day, and oftentimes, she receives an extra meal to freeze and have on hand in case of emergency.

“I only have praise for OCES. Everyone who provides a service is very kind and they do their job well. My homemaker is just wonderful. She comes in seven days a week and is never late. She makes breakfast and cleans the house. OCES has helped enormously. They are a lifesaver,” said Loretta.

Last month, OCES helped over 5,000 elders and individuals with disabilities remain in their homes thanks to our donors’ support. We can’t thank you enough! There are several ways you can help provide choices for people like Loretta to remain in their homes as long as possible instead of nursing facility placement. Simply visit the donations page on our website. Here you will find the various ways you can donate to OCES to help those in need. You can also contact our Development Department at 508-584-1561 for further information.

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