“Transforming Health: Intellectual disabilities and health care” – WITF

“Finding medical care in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be difficult. But can be especially daunting for family members of adults with intellectual disabilities.

ST-04212016_600x340.jpgElise Westcott, Maureen Westcott, and Bill Krebs appeared on WITF‘s “Smart Talk.”

“Nearly three decades ago, learning about how to take care of a disabled child wasn’t on Maureen Westscott’s radar. But then the Lititz woman’s third child was born. ‘I am a parent of a 27-year-old woman with intellectual disabilities, and we have needed various degrees of medical care as she needed significant operations when she was born due to facial abnormalities.’

“Suddenly, Westcott and her husband were consumed by doctor’s appointments, medical bills, and thinking about how to get their daughter, Elise, the best care. When Westcott’s husband died at a young age, it was up to Maureen to take over as Elise’s primary caregiver, which she says was daunting.”

Continue reading this WITF article, click here.

Westcott is the executive director of The Arc of Lancaster County.

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“I Go Home” – the film that “examines the struggles and triumphs for people with intellectual disability from the early 19th century to the present day” – will be shown on WITF-TV on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm.

 

 

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