Sometimes life happens when we least expect it and are not prepared. A catastrophic illness or accident can change everything and you are left with a loved one who has major challenges in mobility. Simple tasks seem insurmountable and the solutions have costs which also seem insurmountable.
Too often people think that things are hopeless because of cost and they simply become discouraged. There are ways to find funding assistance. Most require some paperwork and sharing of personal information, but are still worth pursuing. Your computer and willingness to do a little research may be your most effective tool to help you find some help. There are several different ways to try to find funding assistance, and here are some resources for you:
Non-profit organizations can help with expenses. There are local, state and national organizations who assist persons with the services Lift and Care Systems provides. Here are a few resources to consider:
The Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
This site offers a lot of resources for caregivers, including many funding options for helping pay for durable medical equipment, home modifications and much more.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association of MA
This site for the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association also provides many resources including those for support groups, the Curt & Shonda Schilling ALS Clinic, and loan programs for wheelchair ramps for the home and the ALS Quality of Life Program, where applicants can get a grant of up to $500 to assist with durable medical equipment costs.
Brain Injury Association of MA — www.biama.org
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts provides an up-to-date, comprehensive list of support groups for individuals and caregivers affected by brain injuries. This is a great place to start when problem solving on how to provide and pay for the care your loved one needs.
City of New Bedford Office of Housing & Neighborhood Development
New Bedford has several programs available that may help with the costs of home accessibility, including the purchase and installation of durable medical equipment such as wheelchair ramps for home and vehicles. The Housing Accessibility Program might be of particular interest to disabled individuals and their caregivers.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: MRC Assistive Technology Program
This program’s goal is “to improve the ability of people with significant disabilities to live independently through the use of assistive technology.” You can apply for assistance by going to the link provided above and contacting your regional AT provider to get the process started.
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program
This program, run by Easter Seals Massachusetts, provides an “alternative financing project that gives people with disabilities and elders access to low interest cash loans to purchase assistive devices and services. The program has many options that can help — even for people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.”
We are always here to help at Lift and Care Systems. Just complete our simple online contact form or call us at 508-802-4439 to reach out to a durable medical equipment funding expert for a free consultation.