Last week, Builders Care was able to provide safety for a Fort Myers amputee by repairing uneven cracks in her concrete.
Diane Schroeder is 66-years-old and a recent amputee. She and her husband, Arthur, lived in this home for 35 years until his death from Lung Cancer in 2009. Diane had complications from a knee replacement in 2008 that led the amputation of her leg above the knee. She spent months in a rehabilitation clinic learning mobility tools for her new way of life.
Luckily, Builders Care, in partnership with Lee County Department of Human Services and local companies, came to her rescue in 2014. They completed various life-changing repairs for her at no cost including a complete bathroom remodel for handicap accessibility, installation of a new HVAC and foundation stabilization.
Over the years, portions of the concrete began to lift creating uneven cracks. The front wheels on Diane’s wheelchair are not equipped to stay straight when going over sloped surfaces. These uneven cracks were in an area that Diane must access daily, thus causing a concern for her safety.
Fortunately, Builders Care was able to help Diane by leveling the concrete so she can safely access these areas of her home. The repairs took only a few hours and has made all the difference for Diane’s safety and peace of mind. We are happy to know that Diane can maneuver around her home with ease again!
About Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. 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 enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. Suite 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 strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.