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98-year-old woman denied NAU assistance, pleads for help

One Bodden Town woman has taken issue with the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) after she said they stopped helping her disabled 98-year-old mother.

64-year-old Leticia Hernandez spends her everyday life taking care of her 98-year-old mother Reyna Watler and she said it is not easy being in her shoes.

“My mother has been living with me for three years now. She has many struggles such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. She doesn’t sleep sometimes at night, it’s hard on me because I’m a cancer survivor and it is starting to affect my nerves mentally and physically. When you taking care of an elderly person it’s not easy,” said Ms. Hernandez.

Apart from caring for her mother miss Hernandez is battling cancer and she said the Needs Assessment Unit stopped providing funds for her mother 3 months ago.

“That’s my mother and I’m trying to do my part and I will because one day I want my children to do the same for me, I won’t abandon her because NAU won’t help her,” said Ms. Hernandez.

She said her mother was getting NAU assistance, but then they traveled to Honduras for medical treatment and when they returned the money was stopped. Ms. Hernandez said she needs the money to get her mother’s supplies.

“This money is going to good use, nothing is wasted. When we get that money the first thing we do is go Price Right to buy her things by the bundle then we go to Fosters,” said Ms. Hernandez.

She said they have been forced to rely on the kindness of local groups like the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

98-year-old Reyna Watler

“To get groceries I had to call the Lions which they then called me back and said to meet them by Kirks and sure enough, there were groceries. I thank the Lord that I’m trusting in him and my mother is trusting in him too,” said Ms. Hernandez.

As for Ms. Watler, she said the NAU should step in.

“It’s not fair that I’m not getting any money from the Government, while others are,” said Ms. Watler.

Cayman 27 reached out to NAU and they said due to confidentiality issues the Needs Assessment Unit is unable to provide any information regarding individual cases such as Reyna Watler’s case.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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