“Family is like medicine”
Jose, age 60, is a disabled veteran, diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. A stroke left him paralyzed on the left side of his body and bound to a wheelchair. The brain hemorrhage has caused 70% memory loss and Jose can no longer speak in sentences.
Despite these struggles most days are well for him; his wife is his caregiver and his children help when they can. His wife, Rosa, tells us, “Family is like medicine.” They are there for him and all of his care needs. It was the family dog, Chico, who alerted everyone when Jose was having a stroke. Since then, Jose’s daughter has helped Chico to become certified as a service dog.
Jose is no longer able to receive oral care in a traditional office setting. Fortunately, the ENDS program has given him a wonderful dental experience. Every time a commercial comes on that is related to oral care he points to the television with excitement. He is scheduled to receive new dentures from the ENDS mobile denturists.
Jose enjoys watching movies at home and keeping up to date with news from around the world. He has always enjoyed going to car shows and once had the pleasure of owning his favorite model, a two door 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Estate Car. Before his stroke occurred he was a member of the Oldies Car Club. He used to paint houses and do maintenance jobs, too.
With the dental benefits made possible by Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Jose will continue to receive quality care that would otherwise be inaccessible. His family is very grateful for the ENDS program.