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 email our Director of Care Services, Randall Berd, at randy@alsa-michigan.org or call (248) 680-6540 with questions.

Support Groups

We offer formal support groups with our local partners and informal coffee breaks facilitated by our care services staff. To learn more and find a support group near you click here.

Equipment Loan Program

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

Assistive Technology Program

The Assistive Technology Loan Closet is now housed at CNS Homecare, our community speech and language pathology partner. PALS and families that are interested in obtaining communication equipment from our loan closet are referred to the Speech and Language team at CNS Homecare. Their team has expert knowledge of augmentative communication devices and can provide an in-home visit(in metro Detroit) where they can help you to select the optimal device for your needs. The visiting SLP can also submit the necessary paperwork to obtain a permanent device for you and return to help maximize the use of your new equipment. These visits are generally a Medicare covered benefit. Please contact us at 248-680-6540 for more information about this program. 

ALS Certificated 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

Randy Berd

Director of Care Services

randy@alsa-michigan.org

248-680-6540

Sarab Weiss

Care Services Coordinator

sarab@alsa-michigan.org

248-786-9235

Melissa Jekel

Care Services Coordinator

melissa@alsa-michigan.org

616-450-8156

Tanya Peterson

Care Services Coordinator

tanya@alsa-michigan.org

616-450-0825

Doris Allen

Care Services Coordinator

dallen@alsa-michigan.org

248-680-6540