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Equipment Loan and In-Home Care Programs Expanded

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Serving people living with ALS in: Greater Philadelphia area

Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter was able to expand a number of services and programs for people fighting the disease. The chapter was able to designate $25,000 for the Marjorie Shimer Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program to purchase ramping for patient homes and an additional $30,000 for equipment such as wheelchairs and Hoyer lifts. The chapter was also able to purchase a specially designed wheelchair-accessible and ventilator-equipped van as well as $60,000 of new assistive technology devices such as head mounted laser pointers, iPads, and other devices to help ALS patients communicate.

In addition, the chapter was able to increase the budget for The Howard I. Abrams In-home Care program by 20 percent and add a full-time nurse and part-time social worker to its care services team. These additions allow the chapter to better serve patients and their families.

This video features Kevin and Charisse. Kevin is living with ALS and using assistive technology to communicate and to stay active through his computer graphics. Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter is able to invest in more assistive technology options for people with ALS.

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