Meet Season for Caring partner agency: Family Eldercare

Terry Markland, 65, is living in an independent senior center after recently being homeless. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Terry Markland, 65, is living in an independent senior center after recently being homeless.
RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families.

Family Eldercare has been serving Central Texas since 1982. It wants to ensure that all older adults receive the care they need to remain independent and living in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. It supports caregivers with services and education that allow them the opportunity to have balance in their lives and to maintain good health. Its rates are on a sliding fee scale based on the client’s income. Today, Family Eldercare provides a continuum of services on a sliding fee scale to more than 6,000 elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers annually in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties.

This year, Family Eldercare nominated Terry Markland. Markland injured himself on the job 30 years ago and his feet never healed. Eventually his awkward walk caused him to damage his knees and he could no longer walk or support himself. He became homeless and crawled around his campsite until a peace officer brought him to Family Eldercare.   Read more about this Terry Markland here .

His wish list:

Knee replacement surgery; motorized wheelchair; in-home physical therapy; dentures; side-by-side washer and dryer; a couch and coffee table; utilities assistance; plastic floor mats; chain extension for ceiling fan; eye exam and new glasses; exterminator services; Capital MetroAccess booklets, H-E-B gift cards; Denny’s gift cards; winter coat; other men’s winter clothes: extra-large shirts, 36-inch-by-32-inch pants, size 38 sweatpants, size 11 wide men’s dress shoes; Longhorns sports tickets; Dallas Cowboys gear; movie theater passes; assistance in transportation to church.

Find out more about Family Eldercare  or give an item on the family’s wish list by contacting the agency at 1700 Rutherford Lane. 512-450-0844, familyeldercare.org

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.