Living Independently with Support
Betsy has been living independently, receiving in home and community support, and companion services through Fitzmaurice Community Services for 7 years. Betsy’s sister, Janet, is a part of her service team and works closely with her seven days a week to facilitate her independence and happiness.
Betsy’s interests include shopping, shooting pool, animals, and most importantly weaving. Betsy has been weaving for over 42 years after she learned from two female reenactors at Quiet Valley Farm. Ever since, Betsy has been involved in Quiet Valley Farm’s historical reenactments and costume design. Betsy performs weaving demonstrations for visitors, makes apron strings for the female reenactors, and even places some of her creations on consignment at the farm.
Betsy’s hobby has grown into a passion that has taken up residence in her home. Pictured are two of the six weaving looms Betsy owns and uses daily to produce clothing, scarves, blankets, rugs, necklaces, bracelets, coasters, and much more. If she isn’t weaving at home, she is weaving on the go or meeting with support groups like the so n’ sews and spinning bees.
Janet works a second real estate job in addition to her weekly hours with Betsy. When Janet cannot be with her sister, Fitzmauirce Habilitation Specialists take Betsy out into the community to socialize. These hours of recreation have proven instrumental to Betsy’s autonomy and happiness as Janet points out, “Betsy has benefitted by meeting new people and getting out of the house. At first, Betsy was reluctant to leave the house, but now she is eager to go out.”
Fitzmaurice Community Services is glad to be a part in strengthening the fabric of Betsy and Janet’s familial ties. It is our mission to provide creative, unique individuals like Betsy with the services and community inclusion that help her obtain new levels of self-sufficiency, happiness, and productivity.