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Low Interest Loans Offer Help For Independent Living

As Carol looks around her newly renovated room she can’t help but be thankful that she 
found Easterseals loan program that helped create a welcoming, safe  and accessible
room for her brother who uses a wheelchair. “The room has been everything we hoped for,
a nice warm or cool haven with lots of windows and a comfy sofa to entertain guests or
sleep someone overnight,” Carol says. “The room is close to the bathroom with no steps
to access the room and plenty of space for someone in a wheelchair to navigate around.”
Are you looking to make modifications to your home so your aging parents can move in?
Would you benefit from a computer that accommodates for visual limitations? Do you
need an adapted van to transport your child with special needs? If you have hesitated
to make these changes because of cost, Easterseals can help! As part of their
Community Outreach Program, Easter Seals is now assisting Delawareans in securing
lower-interest loans to purchase assistive technology or make modifications for accessibility.
A lower-interest loan through Easterseals FYI: Finance Your Independence Assistive
Technology Loan program was a huge help to Carol and her brother Steve. Before the
home modifications, Steve was limited to certain areas of their house. With the help of
low-interest financing, Carol was able to renovate a previously inaccessible area to make a
room built for someone using a wheelchair. It includes lowered light switches and window
frames, accessible outlets, floors with no carpeting and a level entry from the house allowing
easy access without assistance.
“Steve is alone while I am at work and having this room for him makes the house more
comfortable, plus with the lowered windows, it is like bringing the outdoors in to him,” Carol says.
"This modification gives him more space to enjoy.” Federal Credit Union loans, along with home
modifications loans, can be used for work equipment and more. Even lower cost items,
such as hearing aids, can be funded through this program.  
The FYI program is part of Easterseals Community Outreach Program (COP). Under this
program Easterseals also provides grants to support family caregivers providing care to
a person of any age or disability. Easterseals’ Case Manager is on site every day to
provide information, resources and support to family caregivers.
One of the more unique  aspects about Easterseals Resource Center is the focus on
Assistive Technology, or “tools for independence”. There are hundreds of pieces of
assistive technology on display, like pill reminders and large print calculators, which
  promote independence and quality of life. This gives individuals the opportunity
  to try out products prior to purchasing. A virtual tour of the Resource and
Technology Demonstration Center can be found at: www.de.easterseals.com/ resources. 
For more information about any of the services provided through the Community Outreach
Program, please contact Joyce Medkeff at 302-221-2076 or resources@esdel.org.
Visit our site: www.de.easterseals.com.
The loan program is made possible through lending partners Del-One Federal Credit Union and DEXSTA.
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