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74-year-old woman gets shower for first time in 3 months

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DENVER -- Seventy-four-year-old Laurel Loney says she hasn’t bathed in nearly three months. She is disabled and can’t step high enough to get into her bathtub.

Laurel told the FOX31 Problem Solvers the nonprofit organization Colorado Access arranged for her bathroom to be remodeled for increased accessibility, but the tub and wheelchair ramp need adjustments.

“What's the use of having something I can't step into?” she said.

Loney described the inability to bathe as an experience that’s left her feeling “filthy uncomfortable, itchy, rashy.”

Colorado Access said because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, which protect personal medical information, it wasn't able to discuss the case.

A local remodeling company saw the first story about Loney and will inspect her bathroom in hopes of providing her with a solution.

The Problem Solvers were also able to arrange for a national hotel chain that prefers to remain anonymous to provide a hot shower for Loney free of charge.

"I feel clean, clean and shiny, I love it," she said.

Loney said she is also ecstatic over getting the chance to leave her home for the first time in nearly a year.

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