NOVEMBER 5, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri… St. Louis HELP can help family caregivers and their loved ones during National Family Caregivers Month — or any time of year.
“November is National Family Caregivers Month and the St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) makes things easier for family caregivers who need home health equipment for their loved ones,” says Laura Cannon-Singer, St. Louis HELP executive director (http://stlhelp.org/).
“Our nonprofit service organization helps people and organizations all year long,” Cannon-Singer says.
“Caring for a sick or disabled child or family member is extremely stressful and tough – it is one of the most challenging responsibilities a person can do,” she says.
“St. Louis HELP collects, cleans and revitalizes used home health equipment and loans it for free to anyone who needs it for as long as they need it and we are always ready to help caregivers," Cannon-Singer says.
“We collected more than 1,147 home health Items during our equipment drive in October – more than thirteen tons — and much of that equipment is ready for free loans at our warehouse in Olivette. Right now these types of revitalized equipment are available
· Wheelchairs – manual and electric
· Walkers, Crutches and Canes
· Shower Chairs, Shower Stools, and Tub-Transfer Benches
· Portable Commodes
· Elevated Toilet Seats
· Shower, Tub and Wall Grab Bars
· Hospital Beds
· Lift Chairs
· Stair Lifts
· Reachers and Grabbers
St. Louis HELP is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization staffed mostly by volunteers. In 2014, St. Louis HELP received a prestigious “Point of Light Award” from Points of Light, the volunteer management organization founded in 1990. A one-minute public service video produced by HEC-TV that showcases St. Louis HELP activities can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxddQ6VJcxs.
"There is a huge need in the community for the home medical equipment that we provide and we are always working to restock our inventory of donated items," she said, adding, "Nothing goes to waste. We divert about 140 tons of used medical equipment from going into landfills every year. Good parts of broken equipment are used to repair other equipment. Broken wooden crutches are recycled via a tree chipping company.”
To borrow revitalized home health equipment for free during National Family Caregivers Month or any time of year, call 314 567 4700 or see the website http://www.stlhelp.org. Media contact Jeff Dunlap at 314 409 5203.
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