Happy March, Erie friends! Take a look at our activities calendar for the Erie office! For more information on any of the listed events, call Tiffany Frey at (814) 874-0064– we hope to see you there!
Hello, Seneca friends! It’s time to celebrate the month of March, and all of the various activities we have planned at our Seneca Office! For more information, call our Seneca Office at (814) 493-8693, and hope to see you soon!
For those that have not heard, our Erie office is operating on a delay this morning. We hope to open at 11am, and we will keep you updated if we are unable to do so. Thank you for your patience & understanding.
We are once again teaming up with Highmark for their annual Walk at Presque Isle on Saturday, June 2nd
Click on the picture if you would like to walk with one of our teams starting at Beach 11.
You can also make a donation and help us reach our goal.
Patient Resources Available at UPMC Hospitals
We offer many resources to help you and your loved ones during your hospital stay. The following resources are available at all hospitals. Please feel free to ask staff about additional resources that may be available at a specific hospital location. The following resources are grouped by disability.
If You Are Blind or Have Low-Vision:
Alternative Format Documents: Important documents, such as consent forms, financial aid, privacy practices, and more, are available in Braille, large print, audio, and multiple foreign languages. Other documents may be available upon request.
Blind and Low-Vision Toolkit: We offer a blind and low-vision toolkit, which includes magnifiers, bold line paper, 20/20 pens, and writing and signature guides.
If You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:
ASL Interpreters: American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available as needed, either on-site or through Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). VRI provides an ASL interpreter via a computer screen.
Communication Boards: Communication boards allow a patient to communicate with pictures when it is difficult for him or her to use verbal communication.
Door Knocker: A door knocker flashes to alert a patient who is deaf or hard of hearing that someone is knocking on their door.
Effective Communication iPad®: The Effective Communication iPad offers many apps to help with communication. Ask a staff member about which apps may be available for you.
In-Line Phone Amplifier: This can be plugged into any corded phone to increase the volume of the incoming call.
Personal Amplifier: This listening device uses a microphone and headphone to amplify sound for the patient.
Silent Call System: The silent call system flashes and vibrates to alert a patient who is deaf or hard of hearing that somebody is knocking on the door, their phone is ringing, and/or an alarm is going off.
TTY/TDD: Telecommunication devices that use typed text are available for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Video Relay Service (VRS): VRS is available on the Effective Communication iPad. This service uses video and a sign language interpreter to make phone calls.
If You Have a Mobility Disability:
Accessible Call Bells: Individuals with mobility disabilities can activate the accessible call bell with light touch.
Accessible Mattresses and Beds: We offer many mattresses to prevent skin breakdown for patients with mobility disabilities. These mattresses can be ordered by the hospital, as needed.
Bedside Commode: This toilet can be placed next to your bed if you have difficulty walking to the restroom.
Hoyer Lift: The Hoyer lift is used to help a patient with a mobility disability transfer to and from his or her wheelchair, bed, or exam table.
Inpatient Rooms With Accessible Features: Each location offers inpatient rooms with accessible features. Please ask for additional information.
Positioning Trapeze: The positioning trapeze assists patients with mobility disabilities to change positions in bed.
Transfer Board: The transfer board is used to help a patient with a mobility disability transfer to and from his or her wheelchair, bed, or exam table.
You can now purchase your EMTA Lift tickets at Voices for the standard price of $2.90 per ticket. Just stop at the front desk to inquire.
If you live in the Seneca area be sure to stop in our new office and say Hello to the staff where they can answer all your questions regarding our programs or services. We are located at 3798 State Route 257. If you’re unable to stop but want information, feel free to contact us at (814) 493-8693. You can also email your questions to Lynn at Lhartzell@vficil.org
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David Steinhauer was born and raised in Erie and graduated from Tech Memorial where he learned the trade of bricklaying. After graduation he joined the Bricklayers Union and eventually became a journeyman bricklayer. David went on to work in bricklaying for the next 23 years. Throughout that time David met his wife Kathy and they moved to Sheffield where David started his own business called Forest County Masonry. His business was his life until March 24, 2014 when he suffered a stroke that caused him to tumble down a flight of stairs which also caused a Traumatic Brain Injury.
David’s prognosis was bleak as the stroke caused severe damage to the right side of his brain which resulted in left sided paralysis. His medical team did not expect David to walk again or use his left side. However with Kathy by his side they refused to listen to his Doctors and 21 months later David was well enough to go home. Once home Kathy bought David a wood burning set for Christmas one year and his zeal for creating beautiful art was ignited. His passion continuously challenges him as he grows stronger and gains more muscle control daily. He has given his art work a name called C.A.B.A which stands for Crash and Burn Artwork. When asked why, David replies “because I crashed and burned.”
David may not be able to do bricklaying again but his love for creating beautiful artwork on wood has given him a new sense of appreciation and makes him feel good about things. David would like to tell others, “if anyone has suffered a stroke or TBI, hang in there”. “I didn’t think his life could get as good as it is now but it has and will continue to get better.”
Hello Everyone, It is no secret that Voices for Independence (VFI) has grown a lot in the 16 years I have had the privilege to serve as the Executive Director. I truly want to thank the consumers, attendants, staff and Board of Directors for working alongside of me to make VFI what it is today. Almost 10 years ago, we moved our office to its current location at 1107 Payne Avenue. That move allowed us to get people with disabilities actively involved, offering more programs, services and activities. I had a dream of making VFI a place where people could connect with other people, share experiences; make changes in their lives and the community around them. I am happy to say I think we accomplish that every day. We have grown a lot, so in order to provide the services and activities that we always have, plus more, we need more space. We are moving to 1432 Wilkins Road, formerly Vernondale Elementary School. It is on a bus line and serviced by LIFT. We anticipate being moved by Fall of 2017. Construction should begin in January of 2017. The 33,000 square foot building will be renovated to be made completely accessible. The large classrooms will be turned into offices. A new larger fitness center will be created with shower facilities. The building sits on five and a half acres of property which will allow us to do much more outdoors. We will have a designated training space for attendants and more room for Mid-Day Café – just to name a few items to get excited about. We will continue to operate at our current location as our new building is being renovated. We do not intend any disruption of service except for moving week. As the building progresses we will update you on Facebook.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks again for the opportunity to serve you. I look forward to an exciting future!