ALS is an expensive disease, and one of the biggest expenses people face is the cost of medical equipment. As ALS progresses, people lose the ability to walk, speak, move and breathe. Maintaining independence while ensuring a person’s safety are the priorities when considering the use of any type of assistive device or equipment. Through the Equipment Loan Program, Texans with ALS have access to the equipment they need to stay mobile, communicate, and navigate everyday tasks safely. This equipment is provided at no cost to Texans with ALS, alleviating a significant financial burden.
Our Equipment Loan Program includes durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, portable ramps, rolling shower chairs, hospital beds, speech generating devices (SGDs), power wheelchairs, Hoyer lifts, and more. Please contact us for more information.
Common Assistive Equipment & Technology for ALS
Rollator – walker with four wheels and hand brakes to assist a person with leg weakness in walking.
Rolling Shower Chair – chair with four wheels that can be placed over the toilet and rolled into a shower to prevent the person from having to stand during the bathing process.
Hospital Bed – has multiple adjustments for the head, feet, and vertical positioning.
Speech Devices – text to speech computers that allow a person who has lost their voice to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
Power Wheelchairs – chairs that are operated electronically and have multiple seating adjustments including tilt, recline, and elevating leg rests to allow for different positions for the operator in the prevention of pressure sores and other issues associated with immobility.
Hoyer Lifts – devices that can help transfer a person from one location to another, for example, from the bed to a wheelchair or from a wheelchair to a recliner.