In Partnership with the Permobil Foundation, Team Gleason will continue to help more individuals living with ALS stay more independent.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – (May 3, 2021) – Team Gleason and Permobil have a shared passion for improving the quality of life for people with ALS. Team Gleason is proud to announce that they have partnered with the Permobil Foundation for the fourth year in a row to provide seat elevators to individuals living with ALS. The seat elevator provides individuals the opportunity to adjust the height of the wheelchair seat, providing easier and safer transfers, increased access to the environment, and improved social engagement. While the seat elevator is often described as an integral part of the wheelchair, Medicare and most other insurance companies currently do not cover this feature. The partnership includes donated seat elevators on new chair orders that will benefit 600 people living with ALS this year.
“We constantly explore ways to better meet the extraordinary needs of the ALS community,” said Blair Casey, Team Gleason’s Chief Impact Officer. “Our continued partnership with the Permobil Foundation allows for more people with ALS to have the ability to interact with their environment and decrease caregiver burden,” he added. “Most insurance doesn’t cover personalized features that provide added comfort and greater independence. This generous gift from the Permobil Foundation allows us to make a much greater impact.”
In addition to providing the wheelchair seat elevators, the Permobil Foundation will also sponsor a Team Gleason Adventure. “We believe these adventures are not only inspiring but also create opportunities to educate others about ALS. It’s a story of resiliency and empowers ALS families,” said Casey.
“Our goal is to ensure that every person has the right to mobility and through impactful partnerships with non-profits such as Team Gleason. By assisting ALS individuals we can better fulfill a life of independence for our customers needing assistance with complex rehab technologies. Additionally, we take this a step further by fast-tracking ALS chair orders through production to ensure each ALS patient gets their custom Permobil wheelchair without any delay,” said Ashley Davis, Executive Director of the Permobil Foundation.
Living with ALS can be isolating but adding a seat elevator impacts the quality of life of ALS families. “The power wheelchair allows me to move freely about my home and provides a sense of independence that all pALS crave. The Permobil seat elevator enables me to adjust my height to hold eye-to-eye conversations at counters, tables, and even our bar in the basement!” said Bob Sinnott. “To be able to be at the same level as my kids when we watch a game or a show makes me truly happy.”
About Team Gleason:
Team Gleason Foundation was founded by former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, after his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. Team Gleason’s mission is to improve life for people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology and equipment, as well as providing and empowering an improved life experience. For more information on how to help people living with ALS have the resources and the opportunities to not only continue living, but continue living productive, purposeful, and meaningful lives, please visit www.TeamGleason.org.
About The Permobil Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Permobil, the Permobil Foundation believes that regardless of disability, everyone deserves a chance to reach their dreams without limitations. This is the heart of why Permobil Cares. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by empowering strength and independence through community support, employee engagement and working in partnership with non-profit organizations, the Permobil Foundation provides support and services through the gift of mobility. For more information visit www.PermobilFoundation.org.
Permobil founder Dr. Per Uddén believed that helping individuals achieve the greatest level of independence is a basic human right and, for over 50 years, that has been the driving force behind our innovative assistive technology. Permobil is a trusted leader of advanced healthcare solutions because we are dedicated to understanding our users’ needs and improving their quality of life. These solutions include power wheelchairs, seating and positioning products, power assist, and manual wheelchairs. Permobil is part of Patricia Industries, a subsidiary of Investor AB and is headquartered in Sweden. Permobil has 1,600 team members in more than 15 countries around the world. For more information regarding the company’s storied history and complete product line visit www.PermobilUS.com.