When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Stacy Ellingen, 34, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, lost two of the three caregivers she depends on to dress, shower, eat and use the bathroom. The caregivers — both University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students — returned to their parents’ homes when the university canceled in-person classes.

Ellingen, who lives with complications from cerebral palsy, had little choice but to do the same — moving back to her parents’ home in Fond du Lac.

Jason Endres and his wife, Julie, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, both use power wheelchairs at home. Given the shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment ― and Jason’s lungs being weakened by spina bifida ― they have asked caregivers not to enter their home during the pandemic.(Courtesy

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