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Assistance with customized wheelchair systems available

Northwest Kansas residents who use wheelchairs for mobility can find customized equipment designed to meet their needs through CPRF.

The wheelchair systems range from simple manual chairs to intricate power chairs with customized controls and devices. Each is built by fabrication technicians with decades of experience in the field, overseen by occupational and physical therapists who work with each client one-on-one to ensure proper fit.

The CPRF Endowment Foundation and Greater Salina Community Foundation CPRF Community Mobility Fund provide financial assistance to help cover the expense. The Hansen Foundation is a key contributor to the Community Mobility Fund.

One person who was recently assisted through CPRF is 19-year-old Rachael, of Delphos. Rachael, who works part-time as a medication aide at a local skilled nursing facility, started college in Salina this fall. Because of Guillain-Barre syndrome, Rachael has balance issues and tires on longer outings. A compact wheelchair that can be easily transported was constructed to help provide Rachael the autonomy she desired as she headed for college.

Between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021, CPRF served 14 wheelchair clients in Saline County, three in Russell County and four in Ellis County, for a total of 21 wheelchair clients served in the Greater Salina Community Foundation region.