Please help improve the quality of life of people dealing with ALS and reassure them that they are not alone in their ALS journey.
The Equipment Loan Program of the ALS Society of BC is designed to help people cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and independence through obtaining basic and essential assistive equipment. This includes mobility equipment, lift equipment, beds and accessories, communication devices and bathroom aids. All equipment loaned is available at no charge to registered ALS patients in British Columbia. The equipment loan program is one of the principal objectives of the ALS Society of BC. It is the best essential care that can be provided not only to the patients but also to their families and caregivers.
ALS is a costly disease in its later stages, demanding both extensive nursing care and expensive equipment. The average cost of equipment per patient during the course of the disease is $140,000. Most ALS patients do not have health insurance and do not receive government funding. Once the disease progresses, a patient may not be able to work. During the later stage of the disease, the patient will need a caregiver, which is normally taken on by another family member. Often times, the family member has to limit work opportunities to take care of a loved one, thereby reducing another source of income in the family.
There is no cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the moment. A family dealing with ALS not only deals with emotional stress but also physical exhaustion and financial stress. The disease requires expensive equipment, caregiving and counselling, just to name a few. The equipment loan program of the Society may not answer all the needs of ALS patients, but it is a program that will help lessen the burden of the families dealing with ALS.