Not one but two recent hurricanes to hit Long Island impacted Oceanside senior Patricia Caputo. Hurricane Irene decimated her apartment in Long Beach beyond repair, forcing Patricia to move. She found a basement apartment she could afford in Island Park but it was little more than a kitchen and bedroom. Then came Superstorm Sandy which destroyed that apartment and ruined all of Patricia’s belongings. Patricia then moved in with her son in his apartment in Oceanside.
Patricia, who lost her husband Ralph 6 years ago to cancer, has herself suffered from cancer and severe arthritis. She receives treatment four times a month with injections to relieve some of the arthritis pain. Most recently, she had hip replacement surgery. She had been sleeping on a mattress that consisted of just 3 ½ inches of foam, which was shredding and falling apart. All she wanted was a good night’s sleep to help her recover from the hip surgery.
Reaching out to Sleepy’s, Senior Dreams Come True secured a gift certificate for $500. Senior Dreams Come True will donate additional funds up to $1,000 for a mattress of Patricia’s choice. Patricia hopes to move to a new apartment across the street from her son’s home and looks forward to her first item of new furniture being a brand new mattress.
A caring and compassionate person, Patricia worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre for many years. She was also a companion for two elderly women. Patricia always went the extra mile for the women and truly enjoyed her role as companion.
Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq, a Partner at Cona Elder Law, visited Patricia in her home to present her with the gift certificate. “Patricia was so appreciative. She welcomed me into her home with fresh lemonade and a fruit salad. She was overwhelmed with the kindness of this gift and was so gracious,” says Melissa.