COVID-19 Family Support Fund - Courtesy of the United Way
During this time of uncertainty, the United Way has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. They can provide a flexible source of cash assistance to help families weather the COVID-19 crisis.
Berkshire County ALS Resources
Living with ALS can be difficult and overwhelming at times, especially when you don't know where to turn to for resources and extra support. If you are living in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and looking for others to connect with in your area, reach out to BerkshireCountyALS.com for help navigating your personal journey.
Medicare Advantage Plans in Massachusetts
Once a senior or a disabled person who receives Social Security benefits becomes eligible for Medicare, they may also choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan in Massachusetts. Private health insurance companies offer these plans, and they cover Original Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage is known as Medicare Part C. Find out more at the link above!
211 Local Assistance
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, visit the above link and search by your city and zip code to receive supports locally.
Living With ALS Resource Guides from The ALS Association
The ALS Association's Living with ALS Resource Guides were created because of the rapidly expanding information and research in the clinical management of ALS. These cornerstone educational materials were designed to inform and educate people about ALS in a comprehensive and easily understood format. They address many of the common concerns and issues that face people living with ALS. Click the link above to learn more and feel free to contact us with any questions on these materials!
The ALS & MS Homes at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, Chelsea MA
The Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) is unlike any other skilled nursing facility. With thirty rooms devoted to individuals diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis), this award-winning specialized residence changes the way people are living with these diseases. As the first urban Green House® skilled nursing facility in the country, the Center sets the stage for a model of care far removed from traditional nursing homes. Today, the Leonard Florence Center takes care of more individuals living with ALS under one roof than any place else in the world. The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter works directly with LFCL upon request to determine availability and coordinate placements for persons registered with our Chapter. Contact us to find out more or with any questions!
SimpliHere simplifies caregiving for those impacted by ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Through a mobile app and personal voice assistant, patients and caregivers can easily communicate, manage daily life, and stay connected with one another. The mission of SimpliHere is to help patients and families face the overwhelming nature of ALS by helping them to communicate basic needs, easily reach caregivers, and find comfort with other individuals sharing the same challenges.
Visit each link below for access to printable materials:
If you have any questions about the above resources or have needs that are not fulfilled by what's listed here, please don't hesitate to contact our Care Services team for further assistance: