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Yad Sarah Dental Clinics continue to grow, adding treatment hours to reduce waiting times in the Jerusalem clinic, and adding dentists and dental assistants at the new mobile dental clinics in the north and south of the country – a project now in its second year. In addition to hundreds of low-income, elderly people who are treated at the Jerusalem dental clinic, Yad Sarah dentists in the mobile clinics anticipate1,400 treatments to disabled, home-bound people in 2018. A recent article about Yad Sarah's mobile dental clinic in Los Angeles' Jewish Journal, brings attention to the diversity among our staff and volunteers, as well as the homebound patients in need of care.  Read more about it here:  http://jewishjournal.com/culture/lifestyle/humans-of-israel/230801/compassion-part-treatment/
Changing Lives, Connecting Communities -- this new issue of "Inside Yad Sarah" features a look at the activities at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, the organization's headquarters plus an interview with...
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There are dramatic differences in health outcomes between those who live in most of central Israel and those on the country's northern and southern periphery.  Addressing this disparity requires several solutions, including Yad Sarah's "Home Hospital" program, recently introduced in Israel's Southern periphery. Through Yad Sarah's "Home Hospital" program, the organization lends out medical equipment from hospital beds and hoists to wheelchairs and oxygen tanks to, whenever possible, enable the elderly, injured and sick to receive care at home -- not in a hospital.  By facilitating timelier discharges of patients, the program promises to reduce pressure on overwhelmed hospitals and ensure that beds are available for those in greatest need.   http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tackling-the-urban-rural-health-care-divide-a-lesson-from-israels-periphery/  
With hospitals in Israel struggling with overcrowding, and a report from the Ministry of Health indicating that 44% of Israelis are frustrated by long waits and overwhelmed medical staff, Yad Sarah is uniquely positioned to address some of these issues by ensuring that options for home care make it possible for people to receive care at home.   Two foundations -- The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Rosenbojm-Komor Foundation -- have supported projects that promote the availability of home care equipment in Israel's periphery where the challenges facing communities in rural areas is particularly acute.  The foundations are also supporting the expansion of Yad Sarah's dental clinic, reducing wait time for primary and specialist care in the Jerusalem clinic and expanding Yad Sarah's mobile capacity, thereby bringing much needed dental care to the frail elderly at home.  As no relief is in sight from the government, private...
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My father did not take risks lightly. Born in Poland and raised in Israel, he was reluctant to leave his comfortable (if unglamorous) job with the Israeli electric company for something bigger—and ris...
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Yad Sarah's Lending Service is the organization's largest service, making health and home care equipment available at 100+ branches all over Israel.  With more than 150 different kinds of home care equipment available, Yad Sarah makes it possible for people with special needs to remain as independent as possible, inside and outside the home.   Since durable medical and home care equipment is not a benefit provided by Israeli health insurance, Yad Sarah loans equipment to anyone in need, enabling people to cope with illness and injury at home and in the community among family, friends, and everyday surroundings.  The provision of medical equipment facilitates a timely hospital discharge, significantly reducing health care costs as well as exposure to institution-based infections.  The Exhibition and Guidance Center, located in Jerusalem, Beersheva, Modiin, Haifa, Raanana, Rishon LeZion permit people and their family caregivers to review mobility and home care equipment options and receive...
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The United States might be able to learn from Yad Sarah's unique model for home health care delivery.   Yad Sarah works to give people in Israel access to medical resources in a way that ultimately reduces stress on the national medical system while increasing the quality of care received.  After establishing the Lending Service, Yad Sarah's largest and most basic service initiative, the organization followed with a home hospitalization program, enabling people to accept a timely hospital discharge and return home to the care of family or friends.  Not only does the home hospitalization program help make patients more comfortable in their own surroundings, it also addresses the chronic overcrowding of Israeli hospitals and saves the Israeli economy nearly $400 million per annum. To read the full Op-Ed from the Jewish Journal, use this link:  http://jewishjournal.com/opinion/216234/israels-yad-sarah-prescription-u-s-health-care-system/
The Spring 2017 issue of "Inside Yad Sarah" is finally here!  In this issue, we're celebrating Yad Sarah's 40th anniversary -- a great story about a tiny lending service has grown into Israel's largest volunteer staffed organization.  We're also profiling Dr. Shlomit Lehman, the director of Yad Sarah's Family Center, and her important work with individuals and families dealing with domestic violence.  This issue will also tell you more about Yad Sarah home-based services, such as Hospital-to-Home and the mobile dental clinic, reaching out to the impoverished homebound elderly with state of the art dental care.  You can also read more about Yad Sarah's unique Tourist Services, making it possible or easier for people with special needs to travel to Israel.  Enjoy -- and let us know what you think at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Yad_Sarah_Newsletter2017_FINAL.pdf
A pilot program has been launched at the Modiin multi-service center. This program pairs young adults with special needs with Yad Sarah equipment repair volunteers, enabling the young people to learn new skills in a warm and supportive environment.
Yad Sarah helps the young and old! This new father is overjoyed after visiting the equipment lending center. Yad Sarah provided him with a crib for his new baby and a breast milk pump for his wife. Because of Yad Sarah this new growing family was able to start off on the right foot! We want to hear your Yad Sarah story! Tell us about your experience via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or even snail mail! Use the hashtag #YadSarahTurns40 on social media.
More than a half-million people in Israel were helped by Yad Sarah in 5775. The steepest rise was in requests for home care from Yad Sarah's home hospital project, which had a 30% increase from last year. The home hospital project allows patients to come home from the hospital earlier, so they can rest and recover in the comfort of their own homes with their families.Top items borrowed from Yad Sarah branches in 5775 were wheelchairs, bath chairs, and breast milk pumps for nursing mothers.A new branch in Yerucham, in Israel's Negev region, opened in 5775.Here's to good health and independence in 5776!
When times are tense, older people feel especially vulnerable. Many are afraid to leave the safety of their homes. Yad Sarah's Emergency Alarm Response Service is a lifeline for them. On average, emergency alarm operators field more than 1,000 calls per month, many of them requiring immediate access to police and urgent medical care.To see how Yad Sarah is helping people every day, visit our Facebook Page.
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Yad Sarah turns 40!  In 2016 Yad Sarah will be celebrating its 40th anniversary! Yad Sarah began with a lending center in a small apartment in Jerusalem and has grown to Israel's largest volunteer staffed organization, helping over 420,000 people annually. We want to hear your Yad Sarah story! Tell us about how Yad Sarah has helped you or a loved one in the past 40 years via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or even snail mail! Use the hashtag #YadSarahTurns40 on social media.
Haven't sent Shana Tova cards in a few years? Why not start on this Rosh Hashanah, 5776? Rosh Hashanah starts on September 13. You can find these and other beautiful cards on our secure online gift shop. Proceeds from sales support the compassionate programs and services of Yad Sarah. Will you connect with friends and family and support the people of Israel?
Wheelchairs, the most-requested item at Yad Sarah, top the wish list again this year. Yad Sarah estimates that 1,500 new wheelchairs are needed to meet the current demand.
After 13 years of widespread volunteer activity in caravans at the entrance to the city, a new building is fully operational in Modiin.   The new building, located on Motte Gur Street in the Maginim area of Modiin, has enabled a significant expansion of the many services provided by Yad Sarah to the city of Modiin and the region. Built with the assistance of the Century21 Foundation and the Susser Family Trust, the new building includes a center for medical equipment lending, a demonstration and consultation area, an office for Yad Riva legal services for the elderly as well as space to register for Emergency Alarm response services, a volunteer coordinator for home visits to the homebound, and other services.   The Kolb family of San Diego sponsored a new Logistics Center, facilitating equipment management throughout the greater Modiin area.  The Lending Center was given in the name of Gershona Maden....
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Once again this year, the volunteers of Yad Sarah Beersheva plan to distribute Purim gift baskets to the homebound – the elderly, the sick and the disabled.  More than 200 recipients are on the list for this holiday gift and visit; the Purim gift baskets are made possible by the financial support of the Beersheva community, generous friends in the USA and the many volunteers who give of their time to make these special deliveries.  For many of the recipients – this will be a rare meeting with someone who will help them forget their loneliness (even temporarily) and bring a smile to their faces. For Purim, Chana was surprised to find herself delivering a gift to a former volunteer. He had worked at the original Yad Sarah headquarters in Jerusalem, and here he was now, in need of the same assistance that he had once provided for others.  Yehudit, another volunteer, made her...
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Check out this new article on JNS.org about Yad Sarah's unique Geriatric Dentistry program, providing state-of-the-art care for Israel's impoverished elderly.   Read more about it here.  
Join us on Sunday June 26th at 10am at Lakeshore Drive Synagogue for an inside look at Israel advocacy at the United Nations. Guest speaker Hadas Meitzad, Counsellor for Political Affairs, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.   RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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