WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In their third year as a national partner, BAYADA Home Health Care will be supporting various activities for The ALS Association, including the 2016 ALS Association Clinical Conference, November 2-4, and National Home Care Aide Week, November 8-14, 2016. In this time period, the partnership has grown to better provide resources for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.
"We greatly appreciate BAYADA's ongoing support," said ALS Association President and CEO Barbara Newhouse. "Their continued collaboration with us will allow our organization to get closer to our vision of creating a world without ALS."
The ALS Association Clinical Conference will engage ALS/MND healthcare professionals and offer current information on best practices and guidelines, multidisciplinary team care and coordination, ALS-relevant programs and services, research updates, technology for therapies, respiratory devices and augmentative communication, as well as professional networking opportunities. In addition, BAYADA is working directly with several ALS Association chapters on unique opportunities, including Greater Philadelphia, Western Pennsylvania, and North Carolina Chapters.
"As our partnership has continuously grown over the last three years, we have worked together toward many important initiatives including supporting research, improving care to our clients and bringing increased awareness to this terrible disease," said Mark Baiada, founder and president of BAYADA Home Health Care. "Through the creation of industry-leading ALS caregiver training and education programs, BAYADA remains committed to supporting the mission of The ALS Association and to providing the highest quality care at home for people with ALS and their families."
"Our partnership with The ALS Association works because we are both guided by the same principles. For 40 years, BAYADA has followed the belief that if you do the right thing, positive outcomes will follow. When you have a partner that believes in the same philosophy, it is easy to find common solutions and meet our mutual needs. The trust between BAYADA and the very committed teams of professionals that we work with at The ALS Association ensures that our partnership has enduring value for both of us," said Dave Totaro, Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer of BAYADA Home Health Care.
About BAYADA Home Health Care
Founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in Moorestown, N.J., BAYADA employs nearly 20,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers, and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 21 states from more than 290 offices. For more information, visit www.bayada.com/ALS.
About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.
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