From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Ponte Vedra, FL)

I take care of my mother…. She is 83 years old and totally dependent. She’s on a feeding tube, in diapers, can’t walk, can’t swallow. End stages of dementia. I take care of her at home and I depend on small companies to assist me with their duro medical  equipment and the service. So I am very much against the competitive bidding that has been allowed. I just want to let you know that it’s extremely difficult for me to go anywhere, especially if I have to get outside help in my house because I am constantly here taking care my mother. And I firmly believe that it’s an important thing to take care of it at home, because she was in a nursing home for 2 days and it was absolutely, absolutely horrible. The medicine was all messed up, the care was horrible. She wasn’t changed and she’s totally helpless. She can’t do anything on her own, she can’t call a nurse. Se can’t she doesn’t know what medication she takes. She doesn’t even know when she has a wet diaper. So it’s really important for me to be taking care of her. I really need all the help I can get. I have no outside funding at all, except for Medicare. And it’s really really important to be able to get the services that I need. Thank you.”

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