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Updated: 03/11/2018 08:30:01AM

No place like home

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Judith Bacon suffers from post-Polio syndrome and is partially paralyzed and wheelchair bound. Once able to type many words per minute and get herself into and out of bed, that has become a challenge in her later years.

SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Home health aide Adriana Jimenez, from Allied Pro-Health Care based in Sarasota, helps Judith Bacon put on her necklace in Bacon's Nokomis home.


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A black and white photograph of Judith Bacon when she was 3 years old. The photograph was hand colored by Bacon's mother.

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Home health aid Adriana Jimenez helps Judith Bacon put on her jewelry.

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Adriana Jimenez, from Allied Pro-Health Care based in Sarasota, visits Judith Bacon three times per week. Her service is funded through the Community Care for the Elderly program through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Jimenez helps Bacon with a variety of activities around the house that is far less expensive and far more comfortable for seniors who wish to remain in their homes rather than go into nursing homes.

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Home health aid Adriana Jimenez helps Judith Bacon prepare food in Bacon’s Nokomis home.


By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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Judith Bacon has lived most of her 80 years as a quadriplegic after surviving polio as a child. The disability didn’t stop her from having a career as an executive assistant, or from marrying and becoming a stepmother.

For many years she could get out of bed by herself, peel her breakfast banana, and type quickly on a computer.

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