Saturday, September 3, 2011

Program Helps Plan as Children Age

Mary Lou and Jerry Wilhelm are in their late 70s and in fairly good health, but they are far from empty nesters free to roam whenever they please.
Most mornings, Mrs. Wilhelm helps their 52-year-old mentally disabled son, Todd, get ready for the day at Lott Industries Inc. Then the Monclova Township couple must be on hand in the afternoon before Todd is transported home from the workshop, where he mostly socializes.
Yet the Wilhelms enjoy Todd and aren’t ready to place their middle child in a Sunshine Communities Inc. family care home — where he has been on the waiting list for 10 years. They just are in no rush to make such a heart-wrenching move.

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