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May 5, 2000
 

To Whom It May Concern:

In May of 1999 I had a stroke that left me paralyzed on the left side of my body. I was admitted to
the Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara where I underwent extensive physical therapy. Upon
being discharged from the hospital, I met George MacKinnon, who was to be my home health care 
aide. 

George did an outstanding job in assisting me with all of my needs at home and activities in the community. He organized my life, scheduling my doctors and physical therapy appointments, and 
driving me to all of my destinations. 

He is an excellent problem solver. When it became necessary to rely on the use of his vehicle, a full 
size van, for my transportation, George worked out a method of transferring me from my wheel chair 
at ground level up approximately 4 feet into the passenger seat of his van, going to my left side, which was paralyzed. This eventually became routine for us though initially others involved in my care said it would be impossible.

He made me aware of, and enrolled me in, community recreational and exercise programs for the disabled such as adaptive aquatics. He made sure I arrived on time for these activities with all of the essentials required to participate. 

When I discovered that my health insurance would not cover his services as I had anticipated, and I could not afford to pay him, George continued on with his duties as my caregiver on a voluntary basis. Through an exhaustive search for community funded health care, he managed to arrange for the temporary services of various health care professionals free of charge. 

George was always there for me, assisting me in my transition to an affordable health care arrangement, which necessitated moving to San Diego and living near my sister who is active in the voluntary senior citizens' programs there. 

I will be forever grateful for all that George has done for me. He was not only an excellent caregiver 
but a good friend. 

Sincerely,


Richard Weissbrodt

 

 


 
 
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