As ALS progresses, the needs of patients increase significantly and they find leaving their homes more and more difficult. The geography of Texas and accessibility of care are challenges for people with ALS. With the state’s sprawling cities, growing suburbs and vast rural areas, the nearest ALS clinic may be several hours away. Patient care clinics seek to solve this issue by housing all the doctors and medical professionals that an ALS patient needs to see in one place. These specialists work together to ensure that each patient receives high-quality, comprehensive care. This multi-disciplinary approach is scientifically proven to extend patients’ lives and improve their quality of life.
One of the goals of the ALS Association is to provide access to clinical care for all Texans living with ALS. Last year, we continued our investment in seven clinics across the state, watching them grow and serve more patients than ever before. We also formed new relationships with an additional three clinics. As we continue to partner and invest in these clinics, we will put them on the path to becoming Certified Centers of Excellence, which means more funding, more clinical trials and better resources for people with ALS. [Read more…]