Caregiver status restored for East Wenatchee mother

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EAST WENATCHEE- One East Wenatchee family will have a lot to be thankful for this holiday after a mother of two daughters with Spina Bifeda had her caregiver contract restored after a long battle with the state.

Cindy Flowers and her two daughters Heather and Heidi are well-known in the Wenatchee Valley, with Cindy working a full-time job for round-the-clock care of her daughters. Her care-giver contract with the State was terminated in July of 2016 after Heather’s case manager reported allegations to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), halting Cindy’s only source of income for the family.

The allegations were ultimately appealed but Flowers says she feels the state is still working from the old allegations, setting up roadblocks slowing the process to restore care.

Besides the financial nightmare, Flowers said she’s also lost trust in the system.

“I went forward with filing bankruptcy with an attorney here in town, we lived on food stamps and a little bit of the public with our GoFundme page,” Flowers said, adding that the family nearly lost their house to foreclosure.

“I’ve learned that there is a big difference between a mother taking care of her daughters, and a state-paid caregiver taking care of state clients,” Flowers said. “I’ve also learned not to trust DSHS, Aging and Adult Care, Developmental Disabilities, it’s really hard to trust the state.”

What’s Heather’s perspective on having to take an IQ test and watch her family go through the investigation?

“Stupid–they make you think you’re dumb and it just doesn’t make you feel very well,” said Heather Flowers. “I think it’s horrible, it hurt and I’m just glad it’s done. I couldn’t be more happy.”

Flowers said this holiday season will be a special one for the household.

“Thanksgiving is coming just around the corner, and this will be such a good Christmas–we’ve got a lot to be thankful for,” Flowers said.

As far as what’s next, Flowers said she is working with an attorney to take possible legal action against the State’s Adult Protective Services for wrongful investigation.