TBI Warrior Foundation, Upward Care and Project MEND

 “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek 

Through our services, we assist people with unique health challenges better manage or overcome their disability. While our services always benefit the specific individual to whom we are providing medical equipment, oftentimes our medical equipment also impacts the lives of those who surround our client, including their family members and caregivers. It is immensely important to consider the impact a disability or life-altering illness has not only on the individual living with it, but on their family members and caregivers as well. 

On October 10, 2018, the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care hosted their “Caregiving Skills Toolbox: Successful Caregiving of Veterans, Adults and Children with Paralysis” program, a hands-on training course providing caregivers the tools, resources and information they need to successfully and safely care for a loved one living with paralysis. Offered at no cost to the participant due to funding by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this 3-hour course was designed to serve the caregiver community through hands-on training of different and often overlooked aspects related to tasks of daily living (bathing, dressing, transference, etc.). 

Project MEND was contacted for a collaboration in September. The request was for a safe-to-use wheelchair for demonstration and training purposes at this workshop. We gladly agreed and supplied the workshop with a wheelchair for use. Participants learned how to safely transition their loved ones in the home environment and when out in the community, including transfers from bed to wheelchair and from wheelchair to vehicle. These valuable skills will allow individuals to safely and comfortably care for their loved ones living with paralysis. 

We are so grateful that the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care thought of Project MEND to collaborate on this very important and informative workshop! 

Learn more about the TBI Warrior Foundation at www.tbiwarriorfoundation.org and Upward Care at www.upwardhealthcare.com.