Jerusalem, Israel (August 14, 2014)- Yad Sarah volunteers are helping more than 150 wounded soldiers with medical and home care equipment necessary for in-home rehabilitation and recuperation. Active in all hospitals where injured soldiers were placed, Yad Sarah volunteers urgently delivered and provided whatever was needed to enable soldiers to recuperate at home. At Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, the organization set up a mobile lending service, enabling soldiers and their families to borrow home care equipment upon leaving the hospital or to facilitate delivery of equipment to a soldier’s home.
The majority of injured soldiers borrowed crutches and wheelchairs from Yad Sarah. Some soldiers’ injuries required shower chairs and other bathroom accessories; a few seriously injured soldiers necessitated specialized hospital beds for in-home use.
Yad Sarah volunteers deployed several wheelchair-accessible vans to escort injured soldiers to the funerals of their fallen comrades. In addition, volunteers were stationed at military cemeteries with wheelchairs available to enable the frail and the elderly to navigate the hilly burial areas.
With the help of a generous grant, Friends of Yad Sarah in the US sent two wheelchair- accessible vans and hundreds of wheelchairs and oxygen concentrators to Israel to help soldiers and the residents in the south of Israel.
Throughout the crisis, thirteen branches of Yad Sarah serving thousands of residents in the south are continuing to operate as usual on a daily basis, despite the threat of missiles and alarms. Hundreds of people with special needs borrowed medical equipment, making it easier for them to reach bomb shelters nearby.