FRAA Partners Come To the Aid of Patients Affected By Hurricane Irma
As we all know, Labor Day weekend came to an abrupt end when hurricane preparations were set in place as Irma’s path loomed towards the entire state of Florida. Although some areas were hit harder than others, the renal community agrees that all kidney patients were affected in some way. In order to recover from the devastation from Irma, non-profits, dialysis centers, and the community have come together to do all they can for our patients in need.
National Kidney Foundation of Florida
Both the National Kidney Foundation headquarters and the Florida affiliate have setup donation funds to directly assist dialysis patients through the Florida Direct Patient Aid Program. Every month, Florida funds patients who need financial assistance for food, transportation to treatment, rent, and utilities. Following the hurricane Irma devastation in Florida, the NKFF is encouraging social workers to apply for Direct Aid indicating if the patient’s needs are related to the hurricane. The NKFF has allocated funds that will be used to support all requests for hurricane assistance through the Direct Aid Program. To make a donation to the Hurricane Irma Assistance Fund, visit kidneyfl.org.
ANNA Conference attendees had the opportunity to write notes of encouragement and support to dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Irma. These letters will be distributed through the NKFF’s Direct Patient Aid mailing.
AAKP Postpones National Patient Meeting – Helps Patients in Wake of Recent Hurricanes
AAKP certainly felt the effects from the landfall of Hurricane Irma on the state of Florida. The Association was gearing up for its 2017 National Patient Meeting when the hurricane track aimed right for its meeting location of St. Petersburg, FL. For the safety of its meeting attendees, AAKP’s leadership proactively chose to postpone the Sept. 8-10 meeting. “More than 85% of our attendees are patients and their family members, as a patient-focused organization, it was imperative that we take into account their well-being and ensure we never bring a high-risk patient population into an even higher-risk environment. The potential for cancelled flights, flooding, power outages, disruptions in local transportation and medical emergencies where almost 100% at the time AAKP made its decision. Since the recovery of the hurricane, many of our predictions ultimately proved true,” said Gary Green, AAKP Executive Director.
As AAKP worked diligently contacting speakers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors – much of the staff were also assisting patient attendees in cancelling travel/lodging arrangements to avoid loss of funds and redirecting medical supplies previously shipped to the meeting hotel. AAKP and NxStage Medical partnered to redeploy the home hemodialysis supplies being shipped to the meeting to other parts of Florida where they would likely be needed during and after the storm. AAKP continued its commitment to helping Florida patients by posting in real-time emergency updates and contact information on its website and social media pages. As we all move forward from the storm, AAKP is in the process of rescheduling the National Patient Meeting for the winter/spring of 2018. The Association promises and even bigger and better meeting than originally planned. Please continue to visit www.aakp.org for updates on the National Patient Meeting. We hope to see you there!=
Translife has also participated in the post Irma patient assistance by collecting items and bringing donations to the Salvation Army and other charities collecting goods.
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