Simple tools for independence can save thousands of dollars in healthcare.
Wally was unable to move home from a rehab facility in California. He had acquired mobility limitations and was informed he would remain where he was until he could live at home safely. To be discharged, Wally needed several home modifications, including a way to get to his front door!
To help, friends contacted the FREED Center for Independent Living, a partner of Ability Tools (the California Assistive Technology Act Program).
The FREED Center operates the second busiest device loan and assistive technology (AT) demonstration center in California. FREED was able to provide Wally a portable wheelchair ramp to create an accessible path from his parking area to his porch and front door. The ramp is available to Wally for as long as he needs it.
In addition, FREED referred Wally to their Reuse and Fix It programs where FREED refurbishes and finds new homes for gently-used AT. Wally was provided a floor-to-ceiling transfer pole to assist him with getting in and out of bed, and a toilet aid for bathing and toileting.
Best of all, Wally was able to return home to his wife.
AT Act Programs operate differently among the states and territories, responsive to those locations and communities. In California, the AT Act Program is a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. Around the country, AT Act Programs may be operated by nonprofit organizations, universities, or state agencies. Regardless, each provides statewide access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities of all ages, including older adults and veterans.
The AT3 Center, the Association of AT Act Programs (ATAP), and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) make no endorsement, representation, or warranty expressed or implied for any product, device, or information set forth in this blog. The AT3 Center, ATAP, and ACL have not examined, reviewed, or tested any product or device hereto referred.
The Assistive Technology Act Training and Technical Assistance Center(AT3/AT3 Center) is a project funded under grant award # 90ATTA0001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL). AT3 provides technical assistance and supports to State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). The AT3 Center is a sponsored project of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) The information on this website does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ACL, and no official endorsement should be inferred.
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