Charles Mitchell, 79, suffers from cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disease of heart muscle that makes it difficult for the heart to deliver blood to the body. This condition weakens the body, and limits one’s ability to be physically active. Mr. Mitchell moved into his modest Lehigh Acres home in 2009 and lives alone. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, he visits his rehab clinic weekly to manage his condition.
In 2016, Mr. Mitchell’s health declined. Daily activities became more challenging as his ability to walk or stand independently became limited. The bathtub in his home was not conducive for his condition, causing him to fall multiple times when attempting to enter the bathtub. As his body became weaker and weaker, he was no longer able to get into the tub.
When Mr. Mitchell’s doctor learned of his falls and his inability to bathe, he was greatly concerned. The doctor provided Mr. Mitchell with a prescription for a therapeutic bathtub, as he knew that the warm water and jets would improve Mr. Mitchell’s circulation and mobility and will ultimately allow him to better manage his condition which is critical for his health. Unfortunately, Mr. Mitchell’s health insurance would not cover the cost of the bathtub and Mr. Mitchell’s fixed income would not provide him the luxury of buying one. Subsequently, it had been 3 years since Charles had been able to bathe.
Mr. Mitchell’s health was not improving and it was evident that bathroom modifications would significantly benefit his health, well-being and quality of life.
After learning of Mr. Mitchell’s situation, various partners quickly stepped in to help provide Mr. Mitchell with an accessible walk-in bathtub. In a few short weeks, efforts were coordinated and Mr. Mitchell had a beautiful brand new walk-in bathtub equipped with various therapeutic features including built in safety bars and seat, quick drain water removal system, a handheld showering wand, 8 massage jets with variable flow, legs-only message and a whirlpool in-line heater, all of which will significantly aid in his heart health.
Project partners included Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting, Young’s Electrical Contracting, Inc. Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings and community volunteers.
We are thankful to our project partners for the gift of their time, funds and materials to provide these life-changing renovations for Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell stated “I am humbled by the generosity of these folks, it was first class service and I am at a loss of words. Thank you.”
About Lee BIA Builders Care
Lee BIA Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. Lee BIA Builders Care offers a full range of emergency construction services to improve the safety and health for seniors and individuals with disabilities in need by enlisting the expertise and donated services and material of Lee BIA Members, contractors, sub-contractors and businesses. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care is funded through financial donations, grants, and donated services and materials to provide emergency construction services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care and the Lee BIA are headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare.