From finding cures for terminal illness to treating the sufferers, Cleveland has some of the nation’s best health related non-profit organizations.
The Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation
The Cleveland chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation is dedicated to eradicating Alzheimer’s disease and educating the public about its symptoms, causes and treatment. It is committed to raising money for research and new pathways to a cure for this degenerative disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease, and the leading cause of dementia in people over the age of 55. Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss, confusion about time and space and the inability to care for oneself. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The Cleveland area chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation sponsors the following programs and events to raise awareness of this disease.
Early Stage Educational Services and Support Groups
Families are invited to attend workshops to learn more about the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and to ask questions about the condition,. These workshops are provided free to the community. In addition, the Cleveland chapter also provides monthly social activities for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Womankind is a non-profit organization specializing in the care and treatment of pregnant uninsured women in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Womankind is a free clinic that is staffed by volunteer nurses and doctors who provide a loving, non-judgmental environment for pregnant women in crisis. Womankind offers prenatal testing, referrals for social services such a medical insurance and healthcare and counseling services. In addition, pregnant women are provided with support in the form of baby products, maternity clothing and literature.
The Cleveland Free Clinic
The Cleveland Free Clinic provides medical, dental and mental health services to the Cleveland community free of charge. Partially staffed by volunteers, the Free Clinic provides an Acute Care Clinic, Adult Primary Care Clinic, Teen Clinic and Women’s Clinic. The clinic also offers monthly specialty clinics providing care in podiatry, cardiology, gynecology, rheumatology and ophthalmology.
In addition, the clinic offers HIV/AIDS services, mental health services, substance abuse counseling and case management services. The Free Clinic will assist in helping participants obtain housing, health insurance, transportation and employment.
All of the clinic’s services and medications are provided free of charge and are subsidized by donations from the community.
The American Cancer Society, Cleveland Chapter
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eradicating cancer in its many forms and helping sufferers and survivors in their journey to healing. The Cleveland chapter of the American Cancer Society provides information on breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer, to name a few. The Cleveland chapter hosts events such as The Relay for Life, an annual relay race that raises money to find a cure for cancer. In addition, the Cleveland chapter of the American Cancer Society provides scholarships to young cancer survivors, which enables them to pay for a college education. Other programs include the Workplace Solutions program, which brings informative workshops to employers across Cleveland to educate their staff about various forms of cancer.
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Dedicated to end-of-life care, the Hospice of the Western Reserve provides caregiver support, pallative care, and grief support for families dealing with the inevitable loss of a loved-one. Hospice of the Western Reserve treats patients regardless of ability to pay, and participates in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. The Hospice of the Western Reserve provides a number of services to the patient and their loved ones.
The hospice will provide care for ailing patients while the caregivers take a break from around-the-clock care.
Hospice staff visit the patient and their family in the comfort of their home and provide on-site health services.
The patient is admitted to the facility where they are provided pain relief. medical and support services.
In addition, the Hospice of the Western Reserve also offers pediatric, HIV/AIDS, and heart and lung specialty services.