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Shriners funds to buy therapy equipment for Heinzerling Foundation

The items to be purchased will help residents with mobility, communication

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The Heinzerling Foundation will use a recent gift to buy new equipment for its residents.

On Aug. 27, the Heinzerling Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a care facility for children and adults with severe developmental disabilities, received a check for $28.902 from the local Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children. The money will be used to buy therapeutic and recreational equipment for the children at Heinzerling.

"It's a major gift from a service organization," said Brian Asbury, director of development and public relations at the Heinzerling Foundation. "Having donations like this from groups like the Shriners is a huge benefit."

Asbury said the foundation would use the money for three pieces of equipment: an assistive communication device, a Sololift Transfer Lift and a large, assistive tricycle.

The assistive communication device, Asbury said, is designed to improve communication and social development and fine motor skills as well as help residents learn new skills and increase their sense of enjoyment and independence.

"It helps with their visual attention," Asbury said. "This is really a high-end communication device."

The Sololift, meanwhile, allows for easier and more comfortable transfers from a seated to standing position, and some of its benefits, Asbury said, include improved posture, muscle and skeletal development and leg circulation.

The tricycle will be used for physical therapy and provide additional opportunities for physical activity and exercise.

Located at 1800 Heinzerling Drive in southwest Columbus near Grove City, the Heinzerling Foundation has a staff of 500 employees who care for 208 permanent residents with individualized care, treatment and education plans. Most of the residents are from the central Ohio region, Asbury said.

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