Boston Home Staff in the News

Faith Saftler Savage, PT., A.T.P., Seating Specialist at The Boston Home was a panelist at the 2015 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Public Policy Conference in Arlington Virginia.

Survey of Wheeled Mobility and DME Users

Help Us Develop a Durable Medical Equipment Re-use Program in Massachusetts.

We Want to Hear from Wheeled Mobility and DME Users!

Thanks to grants from the Shapiro Family Foundation, MRC and Spaulding Rehab, we are developing a new pilot program to provide types of refurbished durable medical equipment free to users in Greater Boston. We are now asking for your opinion to help us create a program that meets your needs. Please use the link below to participate in our online survey by October 4, or contact Randi Sargent at 617-204-3626, reuse@massmail.state.ma.us, to request a printed copy.

Take our DME re-use survey here (or type in http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GH5RQ3Y )

The Boston Home Receives $25K Grant to Kick Start Greater Boston Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Council, First of Its Kind in Massachusetts

Boston, MA April 30, 2013—As part of its Disability Inclusion Initiative, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation has granted The Boston Home $25,000 to launch an innovative collaborative project that will support better access to gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) in Greater Boston. Manual and power wheelchairs (and other devices) that are no longer used by families or individuals are donated, sanitized, refurbished, and redistributed to individuals without the need for daunting approval processes and other bureaucratic hoops. This will help more individuals with disabilities obtain fast access to needed equipment at low or no cost. The first collaboration of its kind in Massachusetts, Greater Boston DME Reuse Council project will be a collaboration among more than 20 key organizations serving children, adults, and seniors with disabilities and will address a serious gap in services identified by the Council members.

The Boston Home is McKnight’s Innovator of the Year

Today the national magazine publisher McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living awarded The Boston Home its Gold Award in the Innovator of the Year category in the McKnight’s Technology Awards — Connect Our World. The Boston Home is being honored for its Wheelchair Enhancement Center. According to their report, the McKnight’s judges said the work at The Boston Home shows “great follow-through for helping those in need actually use the technology that has been developed through customization and adaptation.” The tech awards category honors innovative use of technology to improve the resident experience and increase financial efficiency.

Wheelchair Enhancement Center Offers Customization to the Public

Dorchester, MA, September 12, 2012 — The Boston Home has extended its outpatient services to the public to include the customization of mobility and adaptive equipment. The organization’s new Wheelchair Enhancement Center is directed by Don Fredette, Adaptive Technology Specialist. He brings a wealth of experience developed over ten years of devising inventive solutions that solve the complex and changing equipment needs for people living with progressive neurological diseases, primarily Multiple Sclerosis.

The Boston Home Collects More than 50 Wheelchairs for Children in Peru

Donated Wheelchairs and Equipment

Over the last year, The Boston Home has been a collection site for wheelchair donations that will be distributed internationally to children in need through Eleanore’s Project.
More than fifty pediatric and adult wheelchairs and as well as therapeutic positioning equipment have been donated to Eleanore’s Project and Hope Haven International. These two non-profit organizations are focused on improving the lives of children with disabilities and helping them reach their potential.

Recycling Wheelchairs at The Boston Home

Wheelchair Enhancement Center Director Don Fredette in the Fabrication and Repair Shop © Mike Ritter 2012

“Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.”

This popular “green” credo has been a guiding force of the wheelchair modification and repair services at the Boston Home for many years.

Manual and power wheelchair equipment that is no longer functioning, has outlived its usefulness or is too costly to repair is disassembled by the Adaptive equipment specialist for use in the various Boston Home’s outpatient and inpatient programs. Components of this “downsized” equipment are used for constructing mounting supports for communication devices, computers, cell phones, and other electronic media devices, used as repair parts for active wheelchairs or used as components to modify wheelchairs to the precise needs of other wheelchair users. Any parts not used are recycled as scrap or donated to other wheelchair reuse programs.

Mounting an iPad to a Wheelchair

iPad mounted on wheelchairLaurie’s desire was that she may be able to do this from the comfort of her wheelchair without having to add accessible furniture in her room at The Boston Home or going to the on-site Cyber Cafe. The Boston Home’s Adaptive Technology Specialist Don Fredette designed a low profile mounting device which utilized an inexpensive iPad mount, spare track hardware, old headrest parts and recycled plastic. It is functional, very adjustable, aesthetically acceptable, intuitive and very affordable. Best of all, the custom iPad meets Laurie’s goal of securing a mobile communication device.