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MFP Testimonial - Abbie

MFP Success Story - Abbie

MFP provides fresh start for long-time Vegas resident

When Abbie was first admitted to a nursing facility in Henderson, Nevada in December 2012, she was told she would probably be there for the rest of her life. For Abbie, who was 76 at the time, that was not an option.

“That place was not my cup of tea,” she said. “I didn’t belong there.”

After several months, however, it began to look as though she wouldn’t have any other options. While in the facility, Abbie lost possession of nearly all of her belongings, including her vehicle and the mobile home she had been living in.

But even though she no longer had a home to return to, Abbie never lost hope. “I prayed a lot and did what I had to do.”

In early 2013, she got some good news. A social worker at the nursing facility had referred Abbie to a transition coordinator with Nevada’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. After the two spoke, the transition coordinator told her he thought he would be able to help.

“I didn’t believe him at first,” said Abbie, “but he made it happen.”

The MFP transition coordinator assisted Abbie apply for the state’s Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBW), which enabled her to access services that allowed her to live independently once she moved back into the community.

Through the HCBW, she was provided with personal care and homemaking services, a personal emergency response unit, and a social worker for ongoing support. Through MFP, she was provided a recliner, bedroom furniture, and some much-need clothing, all of which she had lost while institutionalized.

With the necessary supports in place, Abbie was discharged from the facility in May 2013 and moved in with her second cousin.

That December, Abbie decided she was ready to return to living on her own again. After a little hunting, she found a senior apartment and moved in at the end of January.

“I’m very thankful to have a place of my own again. I absolutely love it,” she said. Abbey enjoys passing time conversing with other residents in the complex’s recreational center and decorating her apartment.

A home visit from an ADSD social worker conducted in February found Abbie doing well. The social worker noted that her apartment was clean, furnished, and safe.

“I want to thank everyone who helped me from the bottom of my heart,” said Abbie. “Had it not been for them, I would probably still be in that nursing home.”

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