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Yad Sarah, with its history of helping the public through lending medical rehabilitative equipment, also helps improve the quality of life for the vision impaired by lending equipment to assist in reading and everyday activities. The center is housed in Rishon LeZion at Yad Sarah's Guidance and Resource Center.

Hand and stand magnifiers, telescopes and other visual aids available for loan. In addition, the Center has reading machines which provide the greatest magnification power.  

The center is staffed by volunteers supervised by optometrists specializing in low vision. All volunteers undergo special training to enable them to attend to the patients and their families on a professional level. Yad Sarah service representatives install the special equipment in the homes of the vision-impaired and provide first-hand operating instructions to ensure the equipment will be utilized to the fullest.

Tourists with special needs can benefit from Yad Sarah’s services from the moment of arrival in Israel.

Service: Lending medical & adaptive equipment

Available in: Yad Sarah branches nationwide

Terms: Deposit varies according to item + delivery charge
Notice needed: 1 week, preferably

Comments: For most equipment, no notice

Service:  Equip your hotel room to make your stay more  comfortable.

Available in: most cities in Israel

Terms: Deposit for equipment + transport costs

Notice needed: 3 weeks

Comments: Subject to hotel policy

Service:  Lending of oxygen cylinders / concentrators

Available in: Yad Sarah branches in major cities

Terms: Deposit for equipment + delivery charge if required
Notice needed: 2 weeks, preferably

Comments: Personal tubing & masks should be brought

Service: Transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport

Available in: Most major cities in Israel                 

Terms: Fees subject to destination 

Notice needed: At least 2 weeks

Comments : Subject to availability of vehicle. Service runs from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., not on the Sabbath or holidays.

Service: Inter-city transport – sightseeing / other, and inner-city

Available in: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv

Terms: Fixed fees

Notice needed: 2 weeks

Comments: It is possible to make arrangements with shorter notice.

Service: Information on Touring Israel

Available in: Via services for tourists

Terms: Free of charge

Notice needed: Office hours: Sun-Thurs 9am – 5pm (Jerusalem time) 

Comments: Information given by fax, phone, or e-mail

For all the above services please contact Yad Sarah's TOURISM DESK
Tel: +972-2-644-4618
Fax: +972-2-644-4423
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Supervised play, instruction and lending of toys and games, for children with motor and cognitive problems. The center stresses full family involvement. The professional staff and trained volunteers play with the child (along with parents and siblings), give continuous guidance, and lend appropriate toys and games with instructions for their use at home. The center includes an "Imagination room," gross motor activity room, fine motor activity room, didactic games, computer games, and games for loan. The staff includes experts in special education, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, clinical education students and specially trained high school volunteers. Children aged newborn to twelve and their families are referred to the center by professionals.

With a fleet of wheelchair accessible vans, Yad Sarah volunteers make it possible for people with special needs to travel from their homes to medical appointments, school, work and social visits.  The drivers are carefully selected and trained and help make it possible for the organization to respond to more than 500 requests per day for special needs transportation.  

Yad Sarah’s air-conditioned vans are fitted with hydraulic tail lifts, safety anchors, and two-way radios. Some vans are equipped with bulletproof glass. 

Transportation services are available for a nominal charge and can be ordered 24 hours in advance from the following transportation centers:
COUNTRY-WIDE: 1-700-501-800
Jerusalem: 02-644-4422
Tel Aviv: 03-681-7222
Haifa: 04-838-1704
Beersheba: 07-648-3897
Rishon Lezion: 03-966-0190

Visitors to Israel needing wheelchair-accessible transportation can request airport pick-up in advance through Yad Sarah's Tourist Services.  

rehab client with computer1The Karten Rehabilitative Computer Center answers the special needs of disabled people with motor and/or cognitive difficulties at different levels, and helps enable them, too, to enjoy the many advantages of using a computer. Its 10 terminals are equipped with special assistive devices that enable people with disabilities to use the computer. These new skills help reduce the person’s dependency on others and strengthen the feeling of control of their lives.

Here recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union aged 55-plus are employed and learn a new trade: producing and assembling orthopedic and electronic equipment. This is a major money saver for Yad Sarah compared to importing whole wheelchairs and walkers, and a solution to the employment problem of older immigrants who have a technical or engineering background. Known as The Norway Center in recognition of support received from a Norwegian charitable organization.

By supplying oxygen concentrating machines and standby cylinders of 100 percent oxygen, Yad Sarah enables hundreds of people with respiratory problems to live at home or travel instead of being hospitalized. Other high-tech equipment available at the Special Equipment Centers includes pulse oximeters (to monitor level of oxygen in blood and thereby regulate oxygen supply), inhalation machines, CPM physiotherapy apparatus for arms and legs, infusion equipment and more. Trained staff instructs borrowers in use of the equipment.

wheelchair girl and mom

At the hub of each Yad Sarah branch’s activity is the Lending Center, the organization’s core program which is also its largest service initiative. Due to the fact that 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.  In addition to equipment loans, the Lending Center offers two other services: a guidance center, where people can test and receive professional guidance on equipment available for loan, and an equipment sales center, for people who anticipate its long-term use.

More than 150 different kinds of medical equipment is available for short-term loan. Equipment may be borrowed from any branch. A refundable deposit is requested. Last year, Yad Sarah made more than 200,000 equipment loans.

Yad Riva provides free or low cost legal services for the elderly, including drafting wills, property concerns, issues with landlords and disputes within the family or with neighbors, financial matters such as insurance rights and pensions, and more. 

With a small part-time staff and nearly 100 volunteer attorneys, social workers and legal and social work students across Israel, Yad Riva operates out of 15 Yad Sarah branches, providing education programs on elder abuse to some three dozen municipalities, and providing direct legal services to more than 8,000 at-risk elderly each year. Yad Riva’s signature programs include:

  • Legal assistance in a wide range of issues including elder abuse, National Insurance, health and housing rights, labor and employment, and guardianship and inheritance laws
  • Legal representation in cases of abuse, violence, and guardianship
  • Legal assistance to the homebound in their own homes and to non-Hebrew speakers in their own spoken language
  • Lectures in local communities for elderly and for professionals
  • Telephone hotline for older people and their advocates for quick responses to questions on elder rights
  • Advocacy: promoting policy changes and legislation to protect Israel’s elderly population.

Yad Sarah's home-delivered clean bedding and night clothes for the incontinent eases the burden on the caregivers. Yad Sarah volunteers wash, dry, mend, iron and fold. This service is sometimes the crucial factor in enabling families to care for their loved ones at home.

Yad Sarah offers a special hotline for families of special needs children seeking information, support and/or guidance. To reach this hotline, call 02-6444488 or *64446 and ask for the Mishakia.

Yad Sarah maintains a unique computerized data bank comprising full details on all services available for the elderly everywhere in Israel. The information is arranged according to subject, geographical location and the applicant’s particular needs. The program also gives full information on all Yad Sarah’s services. The project is a joint service with Eshel-JDC.

Callers can inquire about a range of subjects, including transportation services, homes for the aged, golden age clubs, nursing services, supply of food and meals, rest homes, advice about where financial help is available, Yad Sarah services (lending of equipment, emergency alarms, etc.), and more. Questions can be asked by telephone; answers will be supplied on the spot, or by phone, mail or fax.

The Yad Sarah Golden Age Club, run by volunteers, serves the senior population of Jerusalem to enrich their leisure hours. Its wide variety of programs includes courses in liberal arts, social studies, languages, fine arts, dance, Tai Chi, physical education, bridge, games, Bible, and more. Other services are chiropody, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. Discount tickets to concerts, theater, exhibits and the like are sold, as are pre-cooked, frozen meals at low cost. The club has a cafeteria offering snacks, light meals and coffee, all at nominal cost.

Mobile workshops manned by volunteers bring to the homebound and elderly a quick fix-it. One phone call and the broken pipe, lock or chair is back in working order. A vital service for elderly people living alone who are afraid to have strangers come into their homes. The Yad Sarah volunteer also installs front door peep-holes and safety rails where requested.

Yad Sarah's comprehensive services for the homebound and elderly endeavors to supply an answer to nearly every problem or question that aged and homebound people and their families encounter.

Volunteers bring projects to activate hands and minds and raise morale: handicrafts, computer instruction (and computers), work with potted plants, taping and typing of life stories, wheelchair outings, and more. In addition to dispelling boredom and engaging the person’s time in enjoyable, creative and even challenging activity, these projects boost the individual’s self-esteem and his or her image in the eyes of family and friends.

The person’s abilities, limitations and interests are first evaluated by a visiting trained volunteer professional, who then recommends the suitable activity. Specially trained volunteers maintain contact and give guidance during weekly home visits. 

Some 320 people in Jerusalem, and a similar number in 11 other cities (with two more planned), receive these services, and more than 1,000 others receive follow-up phone calls from Yad Sarah volunteers. 

These guidance, resource and exhibition centers - located in 8 regional branches - consist of model apartments which display the range of equipment available to allow the handicapped person to function independently at home. Volunteer, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and others, advise visitors as to which apparatus may help to overcome their particular limitation.

The visitor can try out the items before buying or borrowing them, and receive advice about where to obtain them. A computerized resource library links the centers to global information on assistive devices and residential adaptation.

pdfExhibition, Guidance & Resource Center Flyer

A network of pleasant meeting places - for coffee, cake and conversation, films, lectures, and even low-cost hot meals, for the "golden age" population. Some come just for the social contact, to read a newspaper, to be with people. The coffee shops are managed by volunteers from the local Yad Sarah branch.

The coffee shops are located in:
Jerusalem: Yad Sarah House, 124 Herzl Boulevard Tel. 02-644-4438
Holon: 37A Beilinson Street, Tel. 03-501-4717

The Yad Sarah Golden Age Club, run by volunteers, serves the senior population of Jerusalem to enrich their leisure hours. Its wide variety of programs includes courses in liberal arts, social studies, languages, fine arts, dance, Tai Chi, physical education, bridge, games, Bible, the weekly Bible portion and more. Other services are chiropody, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. Discount tickets to concerts, theater, exhibits and the like are sold, as are pre-cooked, frozen meals at low cost.  The club has a cafeteria offering snacks, light meals and coffee, all at nominal cost. 

A new service – “Going Home” – is being launched with the opening of Yad Sarah branch, at Tel Hashomer Hospital – Chaim Sheba Medical Center (near Tel Aviv). Trained Yad Sarah volunteers – at Sheba and two other hospitals – attach themselves to patients who are discharged and give them and their families the support and information that is crucial to their recovery.

These trained volunteers attach themselves to patients upon their discharge from hospitals, one-on-one, and see them through the stages of recovery. The volunteers connect the convalescent and his or her family with all the community assistance needed, apprise them of their entitlements and help them actualize them. The volunteer is there with advice, encouragement and support until no longer needed.

Participating in this program are the Health Ministry, welfare offices, health funds, and other public bodies.

The Geriatric Dental Clinic at Yad Sarah House serves older people with financial need, a segment of the population whose dental needs are greatly underserved.  

In Jerusalem and through the Clinic's mobile units, volunteer and staff dentists provide the full range of care for older patients, addressing issues with gums, prosthetics, restoration and more. Specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists provide care on a part-time basis, as needed.  

Mobile dental units make house calls, bringing full scale professional dental care to homebound patients.

A new training program for Dental Assistants was launched by the Dental Clinic, offering Haredi women a chance to learn valuable skills to ensure employment and earn income to help support their families.  Students complete a 10 month course and clinical rotations in preparation for a national certification exam.  

Yad Sarah's Geriatric Dental Clinic is one of the few gerodontic centers in the world; it is also a postgraduate teaching clinic working under the supervision of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine. 

The clinic is located at Yad Sarah House 124 Herzl Blvd. Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem’s only health and fitness center for golden agers and people with disabilities (*)  is located at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem.

Fitted with professional equipment for aerobic and heart-lung capacity work, muscle strengthening and stretching exercises, the Center is staffed by volunteer professionals with medical back up. All equipment is adapted for use by those in wheelchairs. Each machine has a built-in control to limit the maximum exertion to a pre-set ability level. Physical exercise at any age is a positive factor in increasing longevity, promoting general well-being, improving balance and thus minimizing falls. These research findings even apply to people over age  75  and people with disabilities.

* except for war-related disabilities which are treated by the Ministry of Defense 

The Yad Sarah Family Center performs professional and welcome work in the treatment and prevention of violence in the family.  Its uniqueness lies in its specialty of catering to families of the religious sector, but it is open to all sectors of society.  Here treatment is provided for the victim, the aggressor and the witness (children from families where violence is prevalent).

Yad Sarah’s staff of therapists consists of 10 social workers, three students studying social work, a female volunteer who is both an attorney as well as a rabbinical court advocate, along with several other volunteers in varying support roles.  These volunteers serve as a substitute for the natural support system (family and friends). Because the center specializes in treating the religious sector, a rabbinical committee also participates in its activities.

The hundreds of thousands of wheelchairs, walkers, vaporizers and other items that Yad Sarah lends are repaired and renovated by skilled volunteers and people with disabilities in these workshops - a saving in costs for Yad Sarah and a lease on a useful life for the volunteers.

Elderly people living alone - and their families - can find peace of mind and security with the two-way transmitters which connect to Yad Sarah's computerized communication center in Jerusalem 24 hours a day 365 days a year. A touch of a button (worn on the wrist) automatically activates a voice connection with the control room where a screen flashes the caller’s name, address, medical details, languages spoken, phone numbers of relatives, neighbors who have keys, doctor, nearest first aid station, etc. The caller can speak from any room in the house. The duty operator sends help as needed, and has been trained to calm a frightened person. Thousands of Israelis are connected to Yad Sarah in this way, and lives have been saved by this service.

Anyone can connect to this service, for a one-time payment of 300 NIS (for insurance and back-up batteries) and a refundable deposit of 300 NIS. There is no further monthly fee. Installation, repairs, and operator duty are done by volunteers. 

Here para-medical services, physical and occupational therapy, music, art, gardening, movement and other kinds of therapy, meals and social events are provided daily for the severely disabled, old or young, especially those recovering from CVA or accidents. This continued rehabilitation takes up where the hospital and health funds leave off. The participants are brought to the centers in Yad Sarah’s vans, receive their treatments from professionals and volunteers, enjoy a cooked meal and are then brought home by van. The activities at these centers often stops or slows the deterioration in their condition, and at times even improves it - and their caregivers are also given a "breathing spell."

pdfDay Rehabilitation Centers

For further details, contact the rehab centers:
Jerusalem: Yad Sarah House 124 Herzl Blvd. Tel. 02-644-4633
Rishon Le-Zion: 11 Rothschild Street, Tel. 03-967-9714

Da'at - Hebrew for knowledge - acts as a bridge between the patient and the health care provider.

The Da'at medical query service, now located at Yad Sarah, helps individuals and families access information on medical treatments or surgery to help a patient understand his condition, the various treatment options in easy to understand  language.  Da'at helps people make an informed decision about their own health care.

Da'at consists of "two and a quarter paid workers" - nurses and a librarian - and 30 volunteers, including physicians, biochemists, nurses, therapists and psychologists.  Services are offered free of charge.

Da'at has answered more than 25,000 queries since its inception.  Individuals and families can access Da'at from their homes, either by telephone or email, or in person at Yad Sarah. 

Within the Yad Sarah framework, the Jerusalem Council for Children and Youth and “Da’at” (Health Information Services) have joined together to establish a new information center for the learning disabled (LD) to serve parents, students, and professionals.

Caring for seriously ill family members bedridden at home is a difficult task with  no respite. The hours are long – seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Fortunately, for 150 such families in the Jerusalem area, Yad Sarah's "Adopt a Family" program sends out specially trained volunteers once or twice a week to give family caregivers a well-deserved break.   The purpose behind the project is two-fold:  to give family caregivers a chance to step out and care for their own needs, and to provide, at the same time, a social experience for the housebound patient. The innovative program has been most effective in raising spirits and breaking the cycle of loneliness and seclusion experienced by the housebound.   Many of the patients served have progressive diseases or are terminally ill, and volunteers are trained to engage them in activities suited to their needs and capabilities. Emphasis is on connecting to the patients' healthy aspects and what they had enjoyed doing in the past. The visit is social, value-based and spiritual as well. Activities included in the visit are as varied as playing board games, teaching, reading, computers, and watching TV.   Currently about 70 volunteers are active in the project. They come from all walks of life and include professionals in community service, medical and para-medical fields, some of whom are pensioners.

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