For Jolena Lowe and Bob Mohan, it’s a match made in, well, maybe not heaven, but up there.
Lowe hosts Mohan, a 90-year-old World War II vet, in her Delta home, under the auspices of a program run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For Lowe, offering her place as a medical foster home for Mohan is a patriotic pleasure. For Mohan, it’s a lifesaver.
It’s a way Lowe can repay what she was given by Americans who served in the military, she said.
“They gave their lives and everything for us,” she said.
Mohan, who served in France in a U.S. Army cavalry reconnaissance unit, said the relationship reflects each of them.
“I’m country and she’s country, too,” he said.
Mohan made his way as a farmer for the past 40 years on Redlands Mesa in Delta County. His wife died three years ago and though he is in generally good health, he was losing weight.
“I don’t cook,” he said.
Without the medical foster home, his next-best option was to go to a nursing home, not an option he wanted and one that Lowe wouldn’t recommend.
“If I could keep one person from having to go to a nursing home,” she would, said Lowe, who worked for a time in one after a 35-year career as a meatcutter.
Her opportunity arose last year and Lowe applied to offer her residence as a medical foster home.
Lowe had to pass an FBI background check, learn a variety of medical procedures and clear other hurdles. Two months ago, she welcomed Mohan into her home.
Lowe monitors blood- glucose and insulin levels for Mohan, who is diabetic, and makes sure he eats regularly.
“It’s an ideal situation rather than sitting around in a rest home,” one made all the better by the fact that Mohan was able to bring his dog, Dixie, a rescued corgi, along with him into Lowe’s home.
For Lowe, there’s a financial advantage. Mohan pays her, but it’s less than half the amount he’d have to pay for rest-home care, he said.
“It’s a way to make sure that veterans are well-taken care of,” Lowe said.
And it gives Mohan something to look forward to in the coming days of summer.
Lowe “is going to take me fishing and camping when it gets warmer,” Mohan said.
Anyone interested in offering their home as a medical foster home for a veteran can call Melinda Roberts, program manager at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, at 263-2854.