SOURCE: Project Freedom

Project Freedom

November 11, 2010 07:13 ET

Project Freedom Resumes Installation of Patient Lifts to Needy Disabled Individuals

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Project Freedom (www.projectfreedommi.org), a nonprofit organization that provides free home health lifts to disabled persons who could not otherwise afford them, has resumed installation of patient lifts after a lengthy hiatus caused by the closure of it sole supplier, Lift Aid Transport, Inc.

"This has been an incredibly trying time for Project Freedom as well as those people who desperately need one of our lifts," said Gilbert A. Rice, president of Project Freedom. "The closure of Lift Aid and the owner's inability to find a buyer for the company created a number of logistical issues for us. We install only the Lift Aid 2000 because it is a tremendous product with a great service record. But the inability to secure a guaranteed parts inventory caused us to stop installing new units until we knew we had parts to maintain them."

Lift Aid Transport, Inc. closed its doors in 2008 and Project Freedom has been negotiating with the owners to purchase parts for the more than 110 lifts it has in service. When it became evident that a buyer was not on the imminent horizon, Project Freedom negotiated a licensing agreement with the owners of Lift Aid Transport, Inc. that will allow Project Freedom to manufacture parts and complete units for its own use without violating the patents that the Lift Aid Transport, Inc. owners hold. 

Project Freedom started in 2000 with the mission of providing lifting devices to needy disabled individuals throughout Michigan. Since its inception the program has grown from an inventory of five lifts in March 2001 to the more than 110 lifts currently in service. The lift is freestanding and takes up less than one square foot of floor space. The lift electrically lowers a four-point harness that connects to a sling placed under the patient. Then the patient can be safely raised and moved anywhere in the room with little risk of injury to the patient or caregiver.

Project Freedom installs the lifts at no charge to the recipient and allows them to use it for as long as it is needed. When the patient no longer needs the lift, it is removed, inspected, refurbished if necessary, and placed into another home. Through this system, Project Freedom has been able to assist more than 200 families as the number of lifts has grown.

Project Freedom is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and donations may be tax deductible depending on each individual's tax situation. The program was launched in 2000 by the Hospitaler's Committee of Detroit Commandery No. 1, K.T., a local Masonic organization. Additional information is available at www.projectfreedommi.org or by calling (734) 240-2565.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Roy Richardson
    (734) 240.2565