Sean Rogers via Crowdrise
September 12, 2011
BENEFITING: UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
Nathan is my physically challenged brother with severe Osteoporosis among other disabilities. Doctors said several years ago that as a young man in his mid 20's, he has the bones of an 80 year old man. This has limited his mobility and as my parents age, creates an increasing amount of stress and physical strain to assist him around the family's 2 story home. Nathan's bed room is on the 2nd floor but he spends most of his time on the first level. There is a finished basement that he enjoys spending time in when he is well enough to do the stairs.
With a very recent fall that has fractured 2 of his vertebrae, movement is all the more difficult. Nathan's mobility requires either a wheel chair, or my father to assist him up or down stairs. The fear is that even if Nathan's mobility returns without the need of a permanent wheel chair, his reliance on his mother and father won't lessen. This project is all about equipping the house that has been home to Nathan for almost 30 years to handle his needs for the rest of his life. There have been many suggestions, but the simplest, although least cost effective way to accommodate Nathan's needs would be the installation of an elevator. This would allow him to easily access any of the rooms in the house and remove a great burden from his care.