Offers of help pour in for MS patient faced with finding somewhere to live

July 31, 1994|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer

A 51-year-old Elkridge woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis and fears she may have to move into a nursing home has received an outpouring of support from sympathetic readers of The Sun.

"I think it's wonderful," said Frances Elardo, who has received offers from people willing to pay her $650-a-month rent and give her a place to stay after her plight was detailed in The Sun on Friday.

Ms. Elardo is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. She can no longer afford to pay her rent and is looking for a nursing home in the metropolitan area because there are few group homes and assisted-living programs available for residents younger than 65 who need some nursing care.

Residents from all sections of the county called to lend their support.

A 43-year-old Clarksville man, who has a family member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, offered to pay Ms. Elardo's rent for the next two months until she finds a place to live.

"I know other people with MS; I'm a top fund-raiser in the state" for the state chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said the man who asked to remain anonymous. "This is kind of right up my alley. I'm very happy to help this lady."

Inge Hyder, the owner of Roommate Referrals of Central Maryland, said she might have a place for Ms. Elardo to live.

A 52-year-old woman in Columbia Hills is looking for a roommate to share her three-bedroom, two-bath rancher. The house is wheelchair-accessible and the woman has two cats and would not mind another pet. Ms. Elardo also has a cat, named Scotty.

"I'd love to help her out," said Ms. Hyder, who said she would waive the $60 fee she charges roommate seekers.

Ms. Elardo lives in an Elkridge apartment complex with a roommate who has diabetes, and is unemployed and can no longer afford the rent. The roommate plans to live

with family members.

Ms. Elardo can remain in her apartment until Friday, when the August rent is due.

Bon Secours Extended Care Facility in Ellicott City can also accommodate Ms. Elardo and she can move in Wednesday, said Leslie Goldschmidt, an administrator at the facility.

Ms. Elardo has not made any decisions and wants time to mull the offers.

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