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An Unexpected Turn

 The Lending Cupboard provides supports for daily life

It wasn’t the Christmas visit they’d planned. In December of 2012, Monica Morrison was looking forward to having her parents in town for the holidays. “They’re from Ontario, and it was to be their first visit since I’d moved to Red Deer,” she explains. “My parents were going to stay for a month, and we had plans for the holidays and then – boom! They’d only been in my house for about 15 minutes when my mom fell and broke her hip.”

Shortly after, Morrison’s mother, Ingrid, had surgery to repair the broken joint. When she was discharged, the challenges arose, as the family didn’t have any of the things needed for her recuperation. “They had the equipment at their home, but I didn’t have any of the necessary items, so we contacted The Lending Cupboard,” says Morrison. They received a walker, crutches and commode. “We had the equipment for three weeks and then, when my parents flew home, my mother was even allowed to take the crutches on the plane with her, which was a huge help.”
The Lending Cupboard helped Morrison’s family and, in her role as the executive director of Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre, she knows its community-wide importance. “It’s certainly a resource that our Outreach Department has on the information list for seniors,” she says. “We always look to connect seniors with aids to daily living – having access to the right equipment, when you need it, is a very important part of that.”