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Health care center receives grant

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Exceptional Care &Training Center has received a $7,395 Quality of Life grant award from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Quality of Life grants, conceived by the late Dana Reeve, are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis, in ways that help disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers to increase independence, day-to-day happiness, and access. This particular award is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A nonprofit organization, Exceptional Care & Training Center, provides 24-hour skilled nursing care, day training, physical and occupational therapy, activities, and other services to foster maximum quality of life, and is home to 84 residents, who have intellectual disabilities, 59 of whom live with paralysis.

ECTC adheres to the professional standards in all activities and programs, and has operated in its present location for 34 years.

The Reeve Foundation award will be used to purchase and install an overhead traversing ceiling lift system in a large classroom, to create a safer lifting environment for clients and staff, and to further the ultimate goal of creating a “No Lift” Facility.

The award was made on the recommendation of the Merit External Review Panel and the Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Committee.

The competition for funds was fierce, and most grant awards were less than the amounts requested, including this one.

With the support of the Reeve Foundation, ECTC hopes to garner public awareness of the project, and support from other funding sources.

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