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A lifelong helper, finds herself needing help

Posted at 11:37 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 23:37:05-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A woman who will never say no to help another.

“She's like the most selfless person you could ever meet,” said Rebecca Benton.

“She gave me a place to stay here,” added Ani Schuster.

Susan Benton, 65, spent decades working for Hospice Buffalo, as a social worker. She assisted those near death and their families.

“She's been everyone's rock all along, Now, it's time to be hers,” said Rebecca Benton, her daughter.

Rebecca says Susan's health is quickly declining.

“A year ago we started seeing some symptoms of dementia,” described Benton.

It’s Lew Body Dementia, a severe form of dementia. She hallucinates. She's currently in a rehab facility in Lockport.

With her job, she knows what a diagnosis like this entails.

“She knows how this goes. She knows all the ins and the outs of what we can get approved for, what we can't,” added Benton.

Benton’s daughter is hoping for a few good years at home with her mother and for her mother to be at her wedding in January. But she knows the challenges that lie ahead.

Rebecca’s brother set up a page for donations for medical expenses.

“Hoping she can come home in the next couple of weeks. She's going to require 24-hour home care after all this,” explained Benton.

The woman who always helps, finds herself needing some help.