Who are We?
Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS) is a nonprofit organization that supports people diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and communities as they navigate the complexities, both physical and emotional, associated with the disease. We offer a broad and holistic range of services tailored to meet the needs of individuals with ALS and their families. The services we offer are typically not covered by insurance. Since our inception, Compassionate Care ALS has supported over 1,100 individuals, including 462 families served in 2014, more than ever before in a single year.
What is ALS?
ALS is a degenerative and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes individuals to gradually lose control of their voluntary muscles. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cause or cure. The disease progresses differently in each case, though people often die when they lose the capacity to breathe or swallow, while retaining their ability to see, hear, and comprehend what is happening.
What does Compassionate Care ALS Offer?
Compassionate Care ALS offers a broad and holistic range of services tailored to meet the needs of each individual living with ALS, their families, and caregivers. These services are often not covered by medical insurance. Beyond logistical support, Compassionate Care ALS provides heart-centered listening and the voice of compassion as families grapple with the myriad of difficult choices. CCALS is committed to this unique model of equipping patients to face end-of-life issues with dignity and peace. For more information about our programs and services, please visit the Compassionate Care ALS website.