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February 27, 2017

Agency Spotlight: Clinics Can Help

by PBUnitedWay

Clinics Can Help has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2012. They provide surplus medical equipment and supplies to financially needy patients, clinics, programs and schools in Palm beach County.

One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is The Lending Closet. This program collects and provides surplus durable medical equipment and supplies to clinics, programs and schools in Palm Beach County. This includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and other equipment that is necessary for the safe recovery of many individuals.

MEET ELSY
Elsy is a sweet 8 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and limited communication skills. Elsy has no insurance and therefore could not obtain the appropriate adaptive equipment for her physical needs. She would crawl around her home and be carried to go everywhere else. Her knees were so badly bruised and scraped from the hard surfaces from crawling. She tried to use a donated adult walker with no success as it was too wide and unstable. When a shiny, new walker from Clinics Can Help was brought to her home, the excitement on her face was priceless as she screamed out the words “my beautiful walker.” With some assistance and practice over six months, Elsy now walks independently around her neighborhood, to the playground and around her home. Children in school approach her more as she no longer sits in a wheelchair and initiates play with them. Her interaction with peers has improved her communication skills and she no longer needs an adult beside her all the time which has opened up a whole new world for her to discover on her own.

How It Makes a Difference
Clinics Can Help’s purpose is to provide medical equipment and supplies to children and adults in need in Palm Beach County who could not easily access such equipment on their own. Having this access to medical equipment leads to increased rates of recovery, decreased chances of injury and a higher quality of life for those who are ill or recovering.

How You Can Help

To learn more or get involved with the Town of Palm Beach United Way or Clinics Can Help visit their websites.

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