Chronicling the highlights and relevant news of the disability rights movement, senior care community and staff and clients at Progress Inc., a Nashville-based non-profit that bridges the gap between limited abilities and the realization of the best possible life for adults with disabilities and seniors.
Before becoming a Progress Inc. client last fall, she was having a hard time maintaining her home on her own.
She has owned her home in North Nashville for 50 years. Thanks to a little help from Progress, she will remain there for years to come, she said.
The 86-year-old doting grandmother has made a new friend in her Senior Care Attendant Pam.
"The help that I am getting is great," she said. "Pam comes and does so many things I can't do."
Ms. Walker's senior care attendant helps out three days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by preparing breakfast and lunch, doing laundry and keeping Ms. Walker's cherished home in tip-top shape.
Ms. Walker represents the growing number of seniors who opt to stay in their homes. According to a AARP study, 82 percent of would prefer to stay in their homes those seniors even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement,
Walker agrees. She says the assistance she needs should not keep her from living in the home where she's raised her children and grandchildren.
She is one of dozens of clients that have become a part of the Progress family in the last few months. We now serve more than 70 seniors in Nashville, Rutherford and Cheatam counties.
The rapid growth in Progress' in-home care program means we can provide top-notch care to more Nashville area residents. Ensuring that they can focus on living a happier, healthier life with fewer limitations.
More stories like Ms. Walker's will be shared in upcoming editions of "Pressing Forward With Progress."