From the comfort of her bed, 90-year-old Hanna Makani is able to look out her large living room window of her home in Petach Tikvah – enjoying the view and the family and guests who love to come to visit her. Even though she transitioned to around-the-clock care in recent months, thanks to Yad Sarah Hanna is happy to be in the familiarity of her own home amongst her family.
Prior the pandemic, Hanna lived her daily life with relative ease. With occasional help from her family, she went the store and took walks around the block—and of course would always be present for family events. It was rather suddenly that Hanna and her family noticed a drastic deterioration in her ability keep up with her prior pace of life. Doctors urged her to leave her home behind for a nursing facility, but coming from a tight-knit family, Hanna's loved ones couldn't fathom her being isolated from them in a new, unfamiliar place– especially as coronavirus spread.
To ensure she could stay in her own home, Yad Sarah volunteers aided Hanna and her family with everything they needed including an electric hospital bed, mobility aids, and an anti-bedsore mattress. Her daughter and daughter-in-law, who are Hanna's caregivers, have leaned on the help of Yad Sarah's services and volunteers throughout their adjustment to Hanna's home care.
Countless elderly have faced challenges similar to Hanna's after many months of little mobility during orders to stay home. Especially in times like these, as older people in Israel face a difficult transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yad Sarah is committed to offering them comfort and support.
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