The Equipment Loan Program of ALS Society of BC is designed to help patients cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and independence through obtaining basic and essential assistive equipment to have the best quality of life possible while dealing with ALS.
This includes mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and power tilt wheelchairs, lift equipment, beds and accessories, bathroom aids and communication devices to bring back the voice of the patient taken by the disease. The annual budget of the program is over $600,000. The average cost of equipment per patient over the course of the disease is $150,000.
The ALS Society of BC was founded by ALS patients, their family members, and health care professionals to meet the physical and emotional needs of people with ALS and their caregivers. We provide counselling, caregivers’ support, patient transportation, support groups, mobile clinics, equipment loan, a camp for children of ALS patients, and we support ALS research.