Being approved for in-home attendant care services can be both exciting and scary at the same time. While you are thrilled to have help around the house, the list of providers can be terrifying. These were the thoughts going through Becca Gibbons head when she was approved for in-home attendant care to help with her thirteen-year-old son, Cameron. Becca was anxious to have the help, but she also wanted to have a person that she trusted. Helping Restore Ability’s Consumer Director Services provided her that perfect balance. This option allowed Becca to recruit friends that were already familiar with Cameron, her family, and their routines but provides continual administrative support so that Becca can enjoy more time with her family.
Cameron is one of four boys and lives in Denton with his parents – and is extremely proud to quickly proclaim “I am a teenager!” The happy young man with Down syndrome loves Superman, being read to, playing games on his tablet, shopping and will be joining a baseball league in the fall.
Cameron served as a model at Helping Restore Ability’s fashion fundraiser, HuRrAh!, in May. He was escorted down the runway by his friend and attendant Madelyn Brock. Madelyn helps Cameron to get dressed and to get ready for school, which allows his mother the chance to focus on getting her three other teenage sons out the door.
Becca, is a bone cancer survivor with Multiple Sclerosis, who has relied for the past year on a combination of five different attendants to help her son start each day through help with personal grooming, breakfast, medication and getting on the school bus.
“I couldn’t do it without HRA,” shares Becca. “I tell people all the time that HRA does everything for me. They make our family’s life so much easier.”