Upstate New York Chapter Care Services

The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter is dedicated to providing resources and services to improve the quality of life for individuals and families coping with ALS, PLS and PMA. We offer a full range of care services to guide and assist you throughout this process.

Chapter staff are available Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:30 am 5:00 pm) to answer any questions you may have.

315-413-0121 or 866-499-7257
info@alsaupstateny.org

To Register

To register with the ALS Association Upstate New York (UNY) Chapter, you MUST complete and submit the following three (3) forms to our office by email/scan, fax, or postal mail. You may request paper copies from our office if you’re unable to download the forms below.

UNY Chapter Registration Form

Release of Information

Verification of Diagnosis

Upstate New York Chapter Care Services

Rabecca Coulter
Care Services Manager (Central, Eastern & Northern New York)
315-413-0121 or 315-730-4601 | rcoulter@alsaupstateny.org

Julie Garland
Regional Care Services Coordinator (Western New York)
Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming
716-860-1974 | jgarland@alsaupstateny.org

Laura Pelow
Regional Care Services Coordinator (Finger Lakes)
Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Yates
585-727-9153 | lpelow@alsaupstateny.org

Care Services and Programs

We offer the following care services and programs at present time. If you would like to utilize one of our services or participate in one of our programs, please contact your regional care services staff member as identified above.

Information and Referral Services

We work with individuals and families to help them connect to and navigate through Chapter programs and vital community resources and services throughout New York State.

Home Visits

This program is designed as an opportunity to establish a relationship between the Chapter and families impacted by ALS, PLS and PMA. All patients and their families are eligible for a home visit by a care services staff member.

Education and Awareness (Support) Groups

Our monthly Education and Awareness Group meetings offer individuals with ALS, PLS and PMA as well as their families and/or friends the opportunity to meet, to share their experiences, observations and to learn more about the resources available to them. We typically invite professionals from the community to present on an issue of relevance to our group attendees for the first half of group. The second half of group is reserved for conversation and sharing. We have active monthly face-to-face groups in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. We are also offering two monthly call-in groups beginning in February 2017.

James B. Howard, Sr. Memorial Library

We have books and DVDs for loan at the Chapter office on topics of interest about living with and caring for someone with ALS. Please click here for a list of the books and DVDs available through our loan library.

Robert Wright Memorial Equipment Loan Program

Through donation of used and purchase of new durable medical equipment (DME), we can provide patients many of the items they need for everyday living on loan. We currently have loan closets in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. Please note that our inventory is always changing. We encourage you to contact the Chapter to see if the item you’re looking for is available for loan prior to making any out-of-pocket purchases.

Caregiver Respite Program

This is a quarterly grant program designed to offset costs for respite services through expense reimbursement. We are only able to reimburse for services that are not covered through traditional funding streams. You must apply for one of these grants and for your application to be considered, you must be registered with the Chapter. Grant amount is $1,000. Please contact our office for the most up-to-date grant application.

ALS Assistance Program

This is a quarterly grant program designed to offset increasing disease-related medical, transportation and home modification costs through expense reimbursement. We are only able to reimburse for services that are not covered through traditional funding streams. You must apply for one of these grants and for your application to be considered, you must be registered with the Chapter. Grant amount is $1,000. Please contact our office for the most up-to-date grant application. This program was made possible by funds raised through the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

To learn more about the care services and programs available through our Chapter you may call (315-413-0121/866-499-7257) or email (info@alsaupstateny.org) our office and you will be directed to a care services staff member.

ALS Education and Awareness Group Meetings

In Buffalo on the 1st Tuesday each month
All meetings are at 6:30 PM at the Dent Neurologic Institute (3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst)

In Rochester on the last Tuesday each month
All meetings are at 7:00 PM at the Pieters Family Life Center (1025 Commons Way, Rochester)

In Syracuse on the 3rd Thursday each month
All meetings are at 6:30 PM at the Hospice of CNY(990 7th North Street, Liverpool)

 

Call-In Groups

These two groups are available for interested individuals throughout our service area to call into by phone. You simply dial the number and enter the code on the scheduled day and at the scheduled time to be added to the call.

General Discussion Group (open to everyone)

The 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 pm
Dial: 800-768-2983
Code:2088291#

Caregiver Discussion Group (open to caregivers only)

The 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm
Dial: 800-768-2983
Code:2088291#


Local ALS Clinics and Centers

Syracuse, New York

ALS Research and Treatment Center
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Department of Neurology
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-2469 (ask for the scheduling coordinator, Jennifer Eaton)
Fax: 315-464-7328
Center Director: Eufrosina Young, MD

Note:  This ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence is the only clinical trial site in New York State outside of New York City.  Additionally, the Chapter’s Care Services Manager participates in this weekly clinic serving as a patient liaison and advocate.

Rochester, New York

ALS Clinic/Neurology Outpatient Clinic
Strong Memorial Hospital
1st Floor, AC-1
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: 585-275-2559

Buffalo, New York

Neuromuscular Disorders Center
DENT Neurologic Institute
3980 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: 716-250-2000
Center Director: Thomas H. Holmlund, MD

Albany, New York

ALS Regional Center
St. Peter’s Hospital
315 S. Manning Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: 518-525-1550
Medical Director: Roberta Miller, MD

 


Equipment Donations

The rapid progression of ALS, PLS and PMA creates a continuing need for durable medical equipment (DME) to assist patients in maintaining their mobility and independence. Through our Robert Wright Memorial Equipment Loan Program, your donation of DME will be made available to patients throughout Upstate New York free-of-charge.

Depending on storage space available we may be able to accept items such as rolling walkers, transport wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, rolling shower chairs, power wheelchairs, alternating pressure cushions or alternating pressure mattresses, speech generating devices, etc.

Note: We are unable to accept power scooters to the Robert Wright Memorial Equipment Loan Program. There are differences between a power scooter and a power wheelchair. A power wheelchair usually offers more features and support to help you, including motorized stand, tilt, and recline options whereas a power scooter is not meant to be a long-term positioning and mobility solution.

You must speak with one of the Upstate New York Chapter’s care services staff members first (315.413.0121 or toll free at 866.499.7257) to ensure we are able to take the item(s) you’d like to donate. Once confirmed by the office, we can make the necessary arrangements for the pickup of larger items. Smaller items (e.g. built up utensils, scoop plates, long handle mugs, voice amplification devices, etc.) may be mailed to or dropped off at our office at the address below:

The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter
Attn: Care Services
135 Old Cove Road, Suite 213
Liverpool, NY 13090

Note: It is preferable that speech generating devices be hand-delivered to our office or one of our care services staff to further ensure protection from damage.

Additionally, if you have any books, DVDs or other information you think may be helpful to other patients and/or caregivers, we encourage you to contact our office. If deemed appropriate, we can make those items available through our James B. Howard, Sr. Memorial Lending Library.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Robert Wright Memorial Equipment Loan Program and/or James B. Howard, Sr. Memorial Lending Library! The items you donate will be available for use by other families free-of-charge. Donations such as yours allow us to provide families with many of the items they need for a better quality of life.