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Care Services

The ALS Association is dedicated to serving the needs of ALS patients and their families. The information provided on this website should serve as a guide for patients, families, and caregivers. We offer a variety of services and programs to those affected by ALS throughout the state including ALS Certified and Recognized Centers, support groups, caregiver training classes, and an equipment loan program. Please visit these respective pages and the other pages on our website for more information. You can always contact our care services team directly if you have any additional questions. 


Newly Diagnosed  

Receiving a diagnosis of ALS is challenging and overwhelming. The ALS Association is dedicated to providing you and your family the information, support, and resources you need to effectively live with ALS. 

Please contact Tanya at 616.276.3385 or tanya.peterson@als.org with any questions.

Chapter Workshops and Educational Events 

With the belief that greater knowledge enables families to make better and more informed decisionsThe ALS Association Michigan Chapter hosts several workshops and educational events such as symposiums throughout the year to keep the ALS community up to date on the latest happenings in research, advances in care, and local services available for persons with ALS and their caregivers. 

Support Groups

The ALS Association understands that the effects of ALS are physically, emotionally, and at times frightening for the person diagnosed and their family. You are not alone. ALS support groups provide a caring, supportive, open, and safe environment for people to gather, connect, and talk with one another. They provide opportunities to learn more about living with the disease from others who understand the challenges and can help you establish a network of valuable resources and sustained support.

Click HERE to see Michigan's Support Group offerings..

Equipment Loan Program

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter's equipment loan program allows our chapter to provide appropriate durable medical equipment (DME) to persons with ALS who may not have a reimbursement or benefit payment source or are awaiting delivery of custom ordered equipment. Learn more here

The Chapter maintains two loan closets, in Sterling Heights and Grand Rapids, with a wide variety of equipment to loan to people living with ALS and their families. From simple items like eating utensils, to complex communication devices and power wheelchairs, we encourage you to call the Chapter before purchasing items.

We are also able to purchase some items online and have them shipped directly to a person's home. For instance items like transport chairs, shower chairs, and much more can be ordered usually with a recommendation from a patient’s OT or PT at their perspective clinics. Again any questions please call and speak with our Care Services Team.

ALS Certified and Recognized Centers

The ALS Association collaborates with physicians and clinics across Michigan to help ensure that people living with ALS have access to specialized care, based on best practices. The ALS Association’s Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence and Recognized Treatment Centers provide compassionate care in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere. Currently, there are five ALS Specialty Centers in Michigan. To learn more click here.

Staff

Tanya Peterson          

Director of Care Services 
616.276.3385

tanya.peterson@als.org

 

Matt Gonzalez

Care Services Manager       
248.213.5141

matt.gonzalez@als.org

 

Claire Wright

Care Services Manager       
248.213.5143

claire.wright@als.org

 

Stephanie Smith

Care Services Manager       
517.258.1633

stephanie.smith@als.org

 

Paige McMillan

Care Services Administrator         
517.247.3338

paige.mcmillan@als.org