Thanks to the Yawkey Foundation, The Arc of the South Shore will be able to install two ceiling Hoyer lifts in two of its residential group homes.
The Arc of the South Shore, a family-oriented, community-based nonprofit providing information, referrals and community programs for individuals with disabilities, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Yawkey Foundation.
The lifts will allow Arc staff to easily transition residents into and out of bed. The system minimizes the risk of injury to both residents and staff while they are completing daily activities, such as transferring to a chair or toileting. Lifts also allow residents more time out of bed, which is shown to decrease the risk of bed sores and improve endurance and mood.
“Although ceiling Hoyer lifts are considered the safest transferring option, they are not covered by state funding or Medicare,” said Abigail Parrilla, CEO of The Arc of the South Shore, extending enormous gratitude to the Yawkey Foundation for the grant. “This gift will help make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities and will also allow The Arc to offer the highest quality of care to both its residents and the staff who care for them each day.”