FODAC Enters Partnership with Coastal Regional Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28 July 2015
Press contact: Lizbeth Dison
Agreement Will Provide Resources and Services for Seniors and Disabled in Coastal Georgia
Stone Mountain GA – (28 July 2015) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in home medical equipment (HME) and supplies to the disabled community, today announced it has entered into a partnership agreement with Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which will provide home medical equipment (HME) for area residents with disabilities, including seniors and their caregivers. CRC AAA will be the first FODAC partner that has also agreed to serve as a FODAC donation/collection site for used equipment that will be collected, refurbished and redistributed by FODAC.
“There are over 100,000 seniors in Coastal Georgia, and by 2030 one out of every five coastal residents will be over 65,” stated Peggy Luukkonen, program manager, CRC AAA. “We are grateful for FODAC’s support to help us meet the growing needs of these residents, as well as all those with mobility impairments, to help keep them safe and allow them to engage more fully in life.”
Although some of CRC AAA’s funding comes as a result of the Older Americans Act, the agency acts as an aging and disability resource connection (ADRC), serving individuals of any age who have a disability. Recent state and federal cutbacks and changes in healthcare programs have increased the wait and in some cases lessened the availability of HME for many clients. They may find securing necessary HME is an added and unanticipated expense, or their insurance simply doesn’t cover it. With FODAC’s support, CRC AAA can provide clean, gently-used equipment for those with mobility impairments, including wheelchairs, walkers, Hoyer lifts and shower benches. In addition to regaining their independence, FODAC’s services and equipment also keep patients safer on discharge from a hospital or rehab stay, reducing return visits to the emergency room because of falls or other injuries and thus cutting hospital costs.
“So often a simple piece of equipment, such as a shower bench or walker, is all that is needed to help a person with mobility challenges regain some independence and enhance their quality of life,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO, FODAC. “We are happy to partner with CRC AAA to extend our support to the coastal Georgia region.”
FODAC will make regular trips to CRC’s offices in Darien, Georgia to deliver refurbished HME. CRC will inventory the equipment there, and serve Coastal Georgia residents as both a distribution center for the equipment and as a donation site for used HME, which FODAC will collect for repair and refurbishment at its corporate offices in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Coastal Georgia residents interested in applying for HME through CRC AAA, or who have questions about the program, should contact Peggy Luukkonen at email@example.com or 912.437.0861. Equipment is available at little or no cost, dependent on the needs and eligibility of the applicant.