Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network recently received a $5,200 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The funds will be used to enhance Good Shepherd’s Environmental Control System (ECS) Program for people living with paralysis.
The ECS Program will establish an “Experience Center” for inpatients, outpatients and members of the community to demonstrate and evaluate a number of different technologies to control their home living environment. Patients will be able to try several different control devices, such as switches, iPads, voice recognition, eye-gaze, infrared and touch pads, and then choose the system that works best for them. The Center will include controllable fixtures such as automated doors, lights, thermostats, window shades, appliances, security equipment, radios, telephones, internet and TV/DVD.
Good Shepherd has had an environmental control program for 21 years and utilizes the technology in its long-term care and independent living facilities. “As environmental control systems have become more accessible and affordable, some patients have asked us to help them explore these technologies for use in their homes,” says Frank Hyland, vice president, rehabilitation services. “Thanks to the generosity of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Good Shepherd’s Experience Center will be able to help patients link their abilities with systems that are manageable and truly improve their quality of life.”
About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org  or call 800-225-0292.