ALS Association Evergreen Chapter Programs
Equipment Loan Program
Medical and other types of equipment designed to improve the quality of life for ALS patients becomes very expensive through the course of the disease. Due to progressive disability, ALS patients often need special equipment for their care and comfort. The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter maintains a free equipment loan program that includes such items as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, augmentative communication devices, bipap machines, assistive bathing equipment.
Support Groups provide a safe environment to learn more about ALS, share tips on living with ALS and meet with people who will join you on your journey.
Certified Care Center
The ALS Association selects, certifies and supports distinguished regional institutions that are recognized as the best in the field, and have neurological diagnostics and imaging, and available on-site licensed and certified ancillary services on clinic days and a fully, highly qualified staff. Each week our Care Director and other specialists meet with patients to coordinate care services unique to each patient. We are proud to be involved with Virginia Mason's ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence!
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In the past year, over 416 patients were helped in The Evergreen Chapter’s service area
Our Care Services Staff made over 471 patient visits. That is more than one for every day of the year. 873 free equipment loans were provided. The combined total of attendance at our support groups was over 1,128. We are in the golden age of research. The ALS Association supports over 100 research projects world-wide.
Our organization currently needs more funding for the direct care services that we provide to patients and families. We want to continue to provide free medical equipment loans and home visits by our experienced staff. ALS progresses very quickly, and caregivers often need immediate information. The cure for ALS is still a long way off and until then we want to improve our ability to meet the needs of the ALS community in a timely manner.