For the Love of Scott
A United States Veteran
Raising Funds for Acute Nursing Care
Meet Scott Hoffman
Scott Hoffman is the oldest of 4 siblings, a loving son, brother, uncle & friend. He is a nature loving, science fiction enthusiast, music buff. The best big brother ever. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served 4 years. Once discharged started his young adult life finishing school, playing guitar and volunteering at the Page Museum in L.A. (the La Brea Tar Pits).
One year after being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy (May 12, 1981), Scott cut his hand and went to a Veteran’s hospital for surgery to repair the tendon. While performing surgery, the doctors made a grave error with the anesthetic, and Scott sustained a traumatic brain injury. This medical error caused a coma, which lasted over 7 weeks and left him without the use of his arms and legs, without speech, and without the ability to care for himself in any way. Scott is a loving, kind soul, our big brother, who we love so much.
Scott is now 64 years old. Up until recently, the Veterans Administration funded his care (reasonably so, as they caused the injury). However, in early 2021, they stopped his income completely, saying they can no longer pay him disability income until 2027. Since that time, we have fought to get these benefits restored to no avail.
Our family, with the help of skilled nurses, have cared for Scott for over 40 years. We have depended on that funding for his acute and vital home healthcare needs. He requires 24-hour care: lifting, transferring, feeding, changing, and bathing. Medicare does not cover the type of care he needs, and the nursing homes do not have sufficient equipment or manpower for the type of attention he requires. Scott’s comfort and health is our focus, especially as he ages and has become so fragile.
The best place for Scott is at home with his loving family – Mom, Harriet, who is 85 years old, and sister, Kayla. This is where he can be safe and comfortable, and enjoy his books, music, and the company of his loved ones, including his nephew Joseph other sister Toni.
How you can help
As we attempt to resolve the issues with the Veterans Administration, his costs for home health care and housing come out to $9,700 per month. It is our goal to raise funds to help cover these expenses as long as needed, or until the VA resumes funding.