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Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Serving people living with ALS in: Western Pennsylvania

The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter has made significant additions to its care services programs as a result of both the funds and awareness generated by the Ice Bucket Challenge. The chapter has decided to spread the funds out over the next three years to cover its new programs, provide services to the increased number of registered patients, and sustain its growth.

Among the chapter’s new services are an additional educational symposium presented in partnership with Bayada Home Health; a free program with The Good Grief Center that provides grief counseling to anyone who has lost a loved one to ALS; and a free program that sees certified nursing home health aides from Bayada Home Health deliver in-home private caregiver training sessions to non-professional caregivers. 

The chapter has also hired two part-time social workers to reach its region’s underserved areas and increased the number of respite care grants provided to patients and their families by 15 percent. Additionally, Ice Bucket Challenge funds were used for equipment purchases for patients and home modifications to improve the quality of life for all those living with ALS.

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