Patient needs $710 after car quits

The financial assistance requested this week from Lex-Care will be used to pay housing expenses and to buy necessary medical supplements.

Selene Negrette, a case manager with Hospice of the Bluegrass, has a patient who needs $710.03 to pay rent and utility bills.

The patient and her sister live together and manage on the sister's earnings and the patient's Social Security benefits. When their vehicle broke down recently, the money used for living expenses was used to pay for car repairs.

Once the past-due rent, electric and water bills are paid, the household will be fiscally sound.

Gwen Foley, a social worker at Cardinal Hill Adult Health program, requested $750 for a disabled woman in the hospital's adult day care program.

She receives Supplemental Social Insurance benefits, which pay for her usual monthly medical bills. However, some of her "special needs" medical expenses are not covered by SSI. Her earnings from a part-time job were used to pay for those extra expenses. When she lost her job, she turned to Foley, who helped her apply for funding from a program that covers such costs. During the wait for approval, expenses accumulated. The funding has been approved and things will be stable once the debt is paid and the supplemental benefits begin.

You can help: Send tax- deductible contributions to Lex-Care Inc. Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40588. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 280-9111 or