PHOENIX - Frances Reuter, 86, has had a rough past couple of months, going in and out of the hospital for various medical conditions. It only got worse when she got home and checked her mail box.
“I had mail overflowing, and I saw they filed papers on me. They wanted me out,” said Reuter.
Reuter was served an eviction notice for not paying her rent while she was hospitalized. As soon as she had access to her checkbook, Reuter paid for the month of October, but had the check returned to her.
According to the manager of Whispering Pines Apartments, they received Reuter’s check, but didn’t accept it because she didn’t contact the office.
“There was no way I could go to that office. I’m not capable in my wheelchair. It’s hard enough to get around,” said Reuter.
With all of her family in Alaska, Reuter has no one to help her. She is now relying on social workers to assist her in finding movers and a place to stay.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to go to an assisted living place because then I can’t keep my kittens, and I’m not going to get rid of them. They are my babies,” said Reuter.
Area Agency on Aging VP of Operation Milissa Watkins sees situations similar to Reuter happen all too often. While she acknowledges how difficult it is to take care of elderly loved ones from afar, she says there are things family can do to help prevent it from happening.
“It’s important you have documentation to assist your loved one like a power of attorney or even just a written authorization to speak on your behalf,” said Watkins.
Reuter is due to be evicted this week.
After we aired this story, Reuter's neighbors called ABC15 and offered to help her pack and move. They also said the know of an apartment nearby that may take her in.
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