Home care agency gives family a fraction of what they’re owed, Michigan company picks up the slack

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – “There is still hope in humanity. That’s all I have to say,” said Lakeitha Adory.

Her newfound positivity comes from a new development in her life.

“With the help of FOX 2 and you, our story was able to get out there, and people were able to see and help. And I appreciate that,” she said.

Adory contacted us about Dignity at Home Care and owner Christopher Walter. She hired the company last summer to care for her husband, Gerald. After 45 days in intensive care, doctors diagnosed Gerald with transverse myelitis. It is believed to be a complication of the COVID infection he contracted while working as a nurse.

“He has been paralyzed from the waist down for a year now. My whole life has changed,” Adory said.

Lakeitha shared a bank statement with FOX 2, showing she paid the company $1,300 up front. During the final week of the month-long deal, she said no one from Dignity at Home Care showed up. She told FOX 2 that Christopher Walter promised to reimburse her $300 for the days missed. It was months ago.

“I feel like he’s taking advantage of me because my husband is now in a wheelchair,” Adory said.

In an email exchange, Walter told FOX 2’s Mike Colombo that he was going to deposit Adory’s check. Three days later, he said he had double-checked his records and said “no further comment will be made in this matter as it has been previously resolved”. On the day Colombo’s first story aired, Adory said she received a letter and check from Dignity at Home Care. She said the check for $87.50 was more than $200 less than what was owed to her.

“As a fellow nurse, I think he has more integrity than that,” Adory said.

“I was both moved and furious at the greed and lack of character displayed by this company,” said Michael Malecki, president and owner of M&M Home Care. His business is operated in Michigan.

Malecki found our first story about the Adory’s situation online and contacted FOX 2. He wanted to help the family.

“We couldn’t take care of her husband because of the geographical distance, but we could provide financial support. We thought it was important,” Malecki said.

He and his employees pledged to send $1,500 to the Adorys.

“He was such a sweet, sincere and genuine person. It was all the more important for us to do so. I was very happy that we were able to find your story. It certainly moved us,” said Malecki .

Now the faith of the Adorys has been restored in the power of compassionate care.

“I am grateful for all you do,” said Gerald Adory. “Thank you!”

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