Prestatyn Pensioner Up and About Again

Vital help in the form of a Riser/Recliner chair

Freda Edgar, 72, lives with her husband in Prestatyn and like many of our older citizens suffers from generalised arthritis. As a result her mobility is now severely restricted and getting around is very difficult. So she has to spend a lot of each day sitting and finding it more and more difficult to stand up without risking toppling over. In fact the only way she managed was with the help of her husband who is not in the best of health either and was finding this more difficult. The couple were worrying what would happen in the future.

Her doctor recommended the purchase of a special Riser/Recliner chair which would ensure Mrs Edgar had proper support whilst sitting and provide appropriate assistance to ensure she could stand up out of the chair safely and without the need to worry her husband.
Such specialist chairs are not cheap. Mr & Mrs Edgar rely on their pensions and incapacity benefit, like too many older people, they just could not afford this extra expense.
In view of his former occupation Mr Edgar was already in touch with Perennial, the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society. Their case worker decided something must be done, although that charity could not purchase the chair. So an approach was made to AFTAID - Aid for the Aged in Distress on behalf of Mrs Edgar.
Within a couple of days of receiving details of Mrs Edgars situation AFTAID was able to make funds available. Very soon afterwards Mrs Edgar had her new chair complete with a little extra independence and a lot of safety.

If you know of an older person like Freda, in very difficult circumstances, who may be eligable for help from AFTAID, click here to find out how to obtain the Grant Application Forms.


PICTURE: CHRIS NOBLE

"It has been a Godsend!" exclaimed Freda when asked about her new Riser/Recliner chair.

"...it has made such a big difference."

 

 


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