Organized by: Adriana DiMarco
About 10 years ago I brought my aunt Sara and my mother to live with me. I have 3 children as well. But before that their house burned down in Tampa from an electrical fire. They were lucky to escape with their lives . they went to a shelter and bounced around until they found a duplex they subleased under rent control. Til finally the owner had no choice but to sell when the housing market took its toll. So my senior Mother and her sister were going to be on the street. There was no place they could rent for what they were paying. $355.00 a month! of course I offered my home. That's what family is for. Sara had the beginnings of Alzheimer's but was still pretty coherent. The adjustment for us with 2 seniors and 3 kiddos was not an easy one. Sara doesn't have any support otherwise and her and my mother are sisters and therefore a package deal. they had been living together for 38 years! This experience has been very rewarding and fulfilling in a lot of ways but very difficult in others- especially financially. they received a menial social security check and would be homeless. Not only am I showing my kids that we don't throw away our elderly but that we stick together as a family. Not to mention the vast humanitarian lessons... Right now fast-forward 10 years her Alzheimer's was at the point where I was doing her a disservice by keeping her at home. She needed skilled nursing and care around the clock. I placed her in a wonderful facility that I painstakingly sought for months to make sure she was well cared for. It was very carefully researched and finally chosen. They are wonderful at Coral Bay and i thank my lucky stars for that. Alas, the financial burden over the last 10 years is finally catching up to me though and I'm asking our friends and family to help me, help Tia Sara stay in this amazing home and be comfortable in her last years. If you'd like to make a a donation here please donate whatever you are able to or for the nursing home directly please contact me separate from this opportunity. I can give you all the details or please click the link provided and give what you can. (this site is recommended by Forbes, is very reputable and takes less percentage than gofundme) i do my homework :) Whatever is donated will go towards her past due balance and any reserves will go towards arrangements for memorial and burial services. I have to be prepared for whatever God wills. In the meantime she needs new dentures ! They had to start pureeing her food until she is able to get them. It really puts things in perspective and a big eye opener to us all that we must be prepared for our future as senior citizens. She has gone through all of her savings even living with us for so long. it has dwindled down to nothing. We continue to support her financially, spiritually and emotionally as well but sometimes it takes a village. Its been a stressful, long hard journey for me but we love her so much and i wouldnt have it any other way! My beautiful Aunt Sara turned 89 this year - she has good days and not so good ones and her health is declining but I want to continue to care for her the best i can and have her safe and sound for whats to be the rest of her life. Mi Tia querida. She is a blessing to us all.