Marjorie Shimer Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program


Statement of Purpose

The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter recognizes that most people with ALS will eventually need durable medical equipment (DME). Unfortunately, not all medical equipment is covered under health insurance or there may be a high out of pocket deductible for the equipment.


People eligible to use the DME Loaner Program must:

  • Have a diagnosis of ALS.
  • Reside in Chapter service area.

Other Considerations

Commonly borrowed items include transport/companion wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, shower chairs, transfer devices such as gait belts and transfer boards, over the bed tables.

Other items, such as electric hoyer lifts, lift chairs and high-back rolling shower chairs, may not be available at the time of the request; a waiting list is kept when requested items are not available in our stock.

The ALS Association agreement form needs to be signed by patient or family – one copy kept by patient, one by coordinator and one by DME company.


Contact for Further Information:

Greater Philadelphia region:
(Including Central and Southern New Jersey,
Delaware, and Philadelphia suburbs)
Gail Houseman, Regional Nurse Coordinator

North Central Pennsylvania:
Mary Beth Tomczak, BSW - Social Worker

South Central Pennsylvania:
Sue Walsh, Director of Clinical Care South Central


The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
321 Norristown Road - Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002

The ALS Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.