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Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania has been awarded a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to purchase a new large therapy table and a supine stander with accessories for our outpatient therapy program. More than 500 children receive outpatient therapy each year at our center in Berks County, which results in a heavy use of our equipment. The new therapy table and supine stander will replace the existing equipment that has exceeded its useful life. The new table will be more adjustable and able to provide a variety of positions for children receiving services. The new supine stander will have the ability to change positions from supine to prone, allowing for greater flexibility. A supine stander gives children who spend much of their time in a wheelchair or other adaptive seating the opportunity to be in a standing position, which can improve digestion, respiration and circulatory system function. Therapeutic positioning using a stander or therapy table is extremely beneficial and greatly improves quality of life. Through positioning, the body can naturally stabilize and align. This can help a child develop a full range of motion to better perform independent living activities, and also prevents muscle contractures that make it much more difficult to stand and walk.

Look for the new equipment to arrive sometime in March or April.

For information about our outpatient therapy, please call 610-289-0114 ext. 404.

The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center offers a wealth of free informative products and services, including the Paralysis Resource Guide, Information Specialists, Peer and Family Support Program, lending library and consumer wallet cards. We encourage you to visit their website to explore all that they offer.

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