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Home staff aids woman getting `wish' of hearing.

UXBRIDGE - Claire DePartie, a resident of Lydia Taft House since 2003, was known as bright and engaging, outgoing and joyful. But despite all the efforts of the staff at the nursing home, her doctor, family, friends and insurance companies, nothing could improve her hearing and she became more and more isolated.

Michelle Knight, the director of social services at Lydia Taft House, heard of a program called Twilight Wish Foundation. The Twilight Wish Foundation was founded in 2003 in Bucks County, Penn. Its mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting. With Claire's permission, Ms. Knight applied to the foundation for new hearing aids. Claire was sent out to Zounds Hearing Center of Braintree, which evaluated Claire and granted her wish by providing a special hearing aid.

The nursing home staff reports Claire is back to her old self and is socializing and grinning from ear to ear, saying: "I love my new hearing aid and I can hear again. I feel wonderful. I've got them all laughing again."

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CUTLINE: Claire DePartie, seated, is surrounded by, left to right, nurse Tanya Cotnoir, Claire's niece Tracy Milot of Mendon, and Michelle Knight, the director of social services at Lydia Taft House.
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Date:Mar 19, 2009
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