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Help us help the Foothills Caring Corp help seniors in our community! Schedule your gift now at: https://www.give65.org/foothillscaringcorps-give to help secure up to $15,000 in matching donations from the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation!

If you don't know this story, you may want to give it a read because you or someone you know will probably live it at some point in the future. You can trust me on that, because at Home Instead Senior Care, we see it every day.

Dear gentle readers, our story begins on a warm, dark, summer night in the far north valley of the sun, where the saguaro stand tall, healthy, and green, and the globe chamomile threatens all we hold dear. Where the debate to have fireworks or not is an annual tradition after which everyone ends up at Harold's Corral regardless. It's that area we call home. The part of the foothills included when Phoenicians talk about the "greater Phoenix area" but one that Phoenicians don't claim and the locals doesn't mind a bit.

It's uh, um, where was I. Oh yes, north valley foothills, cactus, and...oh, it was the middle of the night and, let's call him "Mr. Smith," suddenly needed to get to the bathroom. And by suddenly I mean the window for a successful mission may have already passed. Now the problem was, Puma Thurman, his faithful feline who has never let him go to the bathroom alone, got tangled up in the blanket, which got tangled up in his feet, which got him tangled up like a bolo when he jumped out of bed, and down he went.

A short time later, after dragging himself across the floor in his underpants, to the night stand where laid his trusty Kyocera flip phone (instead of pressing the button on an emergency alert pendant, but that's a story for another day), he found himself staring up at four paramedics and firefighters about to hoist him up off the floor and look him over. The primary though in his mind at that point besides, "Ow my head and my ankle" was "Of all the nights to wear the cactus printed briefs with the hole in the bottom..."

He was a little dizzy and disoriented. That was probably due a little bit to the fall and a little bit to going from dark of night to Every. Single. Light. in the house being on. The rescuers (who apparently have never received an APS bill) looked him over. "I Can't wait to get them out of here so I can get back to bed...and change my underpants," he thought. But the next thing he knew, he was in the back of an ambulance on his way to Thompson Peak.

That part wasn't so bad, really. I mean in comparison to nuclear war or the sun going super nova or "Creed" announcing a reunion tour or something. The good news is that it turns out it was just a really bad sprained ankle and a bump on the head. Could've been a snapped humeral head or cracked hip. Hoo boy. But it wasn't. In fact, the worst part of the whole thing was being poked, prodded and probed at the hospital more than on that UFO that time that....you know what, nevermind. Fun times, right? The hospital should charge admission for a thrill ride like that. (Little did he know they would have the bill in the mail before he even got home).

So after a night in the hospital for stabilization (with a bathroom that stays right in the bed with you!) and Mr. Smith is feeling better. The care he received at the hospital was top notch, and the food wasn't too bad, either. The doctor comes to the room in the morning like a cable installer and tells him he'll get to go home between noon and 6pm, depending on some test results. Wait, did I say good news? That's better than good news, that's great news! Mr. Smith couldn't get his shoelaces tied fast enough or his gown untied fast enough to get out of there!

Before they let him go, the social worker told him he would at least need a walker to help him get around with his busted ankle and also handed him a list of home care companies to find him some temporary help while his flat tire healed up. He saw Home Instead on the list and give them a call because they're the best home care agency in the area (I mean...that's what I've heard.). He didn't really need a lot of help, and his Social Security check wouldn't arrive for 14 days. Not that it went very far, anyway. Suddenly, Mr. Smith realized going home from the hospital might present a few challenges. He suddenly remembered he doesn't drive. And he had a prescription to pick up from the pharmacy. And he had a follow up appointment next week with a doctor in Scottsdale. And his refrigerator was empty. And his nearest relative lived 2 states away. And his neighbors were spending the next three months in Oregon.

That's why there is a Foothills Caring Corps. The transportation the Caring Corps provides to medical appointments, the equipment lending library (where many a person has found a walker or wheelchair) and other services they provide for seniors in need in Cave Creek and the surrounding areas may be free of charge, but they aren't free for the Foothills Caring Corps. So we're calling on our friends to help us help them help our community in the north foothills!

The Home Instead Senior Care Cave Creek family is proud to be a part of the communities we serve across the northeast valley. We're also proud to be partners with the Foothills Caring Corps! You see, we believe in being more than just at-home senior care. We believe in being part of the community and that means doing our share to enhance the lives of our neighbors and ensure the Creek and the northeast valley keeps on being a great place to live no matter what stage of life you find yourself.

Our friends at Foothills Caring Corps and Home Instead Senior Care in Cave Creek are participating in the 4th annual GIVE65 event. So what in the world is GIVE65? What an attractive question you have there, gentle reader! GIVE65 is a 65-hour online fund raising event. You just go to the link and help people right where you live. What could be easier than that? GIVE65 is a program of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation to support our local non-profit organizations that help seniors in our community.

In the most recent 12 months, the Foothills Caring Corps has provided 5,955 van trips and 4,438 medical transportation trips. What?! Let's raise some funds to keep this important program running (you know, running, just like the vans and busses we're raising money to maintain!)

PRE-SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION ONLINE BETWEEN JULY 1 and JULY 8, or donate online during the event July 9 through July 11 to help us secure up to $5,000 in matching funds for the Foothills Caring Corps!
We're also in the running for an additional $10,000 in matching funds based on how much we raise and how many people contribute! Let's show the Corps some love and show our community we're all in this life together! We need YOU! Together we're a community. Otherwise we're just a bunch of strangers living near each other in the desert!

Give and learn at:
https://www.give65.org/foothillscaringcorps-give

You can view our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/371557930382958/

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