Vancouver, WA

"The city with a heart"

Florence Wheeler (right) featured with one of the therapists who helped her in rehab. (Credit: Florence Wheeler)

Most of the residents are very friendly, polite, and helpful.

I suffered a fall last summer, breaking my hip and leg. My next door neighbor came to visit me almost every day while I was in a rehab facility about 20 minutes away from Vancouver. He also did my laundry, brought me my mail and newspapers, took me to doctor and dentist appointments, and installed grab bars in my bathroom and a hand rail on the stairs to the garage.

Whenever anyone here sees me walking with a cane, they always hold the door for me, and in some cases (like when we had ice and snow on the ground), offer me a arm to grab onto to get where I am going.