Sunday, July 26, 2009

Delaware Area MS Chat: Follow-up Information

What a great chat last Friday! Thanks so much to our terrific guest chatters, Carol Cave and Vickie George. This was one information-packed chat thanks to everyone who shared their stories including Barb and Dave. As promised, here is a summary of the contact information.

Carol Cave, Delaware National MS Society:
Carolyn.Cave@msdelaware.org, phone 302-655-5610.

The NMSS can provide financial assistance for almost anything that would make one's home more accessible including grab bars, roll-in showers, ceiling track systems, and ramps. They partner with Easter Seals and work with "ADA knowledgeable" contractors to help you determine what is needed. They can also partner with the Paralyzed Vets and Independent Living.

Vickie George:
info@yesyoucanusa.com
Web site: focusmobility.com (now offering up to a 20% discount to anyone who participated in this chat). Vickie is a great resource for ideas and welcomes e-mails or calls.


Vickie's expertise comes from living with progressive MS since 1995, and her own efforts to make her home accessible. Her list of items that she actually uses includes:
Levered door handles, portable ramps, threshold ramps, automatic front door opener, fold down grab bars, "tush push" seats, roll in shower, widened doorways, portable bed handle, infrared keyless entry system, and an automatic door opener.

Life Alert services: DE NMSS has free activation coupons for Lifeline services, 1-800-797-4191. Life Alert, phone number 1-800-360-0329. Both can be activated with a pendant or watch.

Easter Seals allows you to borrow equipment before you buy.
Abledata.com (does not sell products; rather provides information about products)
Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative: DATI.org
Van Conversions from Trooper, PA, for driver seat modifications (contact Vickie for phone number)
Wireless keyless entry systems can be purchased from Home Depot or http://www.keylesspro.com/

Phew! I think I captured everything.

Next chat: August 14

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