Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program

Statement of Purpose:

This program was developed in 1993 to provide assistance at home for individuals who have a diagnosis of ALS and need help with personal care (bathing, dressing) and cannot afford to pay for these services privately. In 1995, the Chapter received a generous contribution from Mr. Howard I. Abrams who wanted to support the In-Home Care program in Philadelphia and the suburban counties. Today, the Howard I . Abrams Program can provide service to patients throughout our entire service area, including parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the entire state of Delaware. Howard's son Jeff and his wife Margaret have continued their support through an annual lead gift.

The Howard I . Abrams Grant, per family, can range from 2 to 12 hours weekly. The ALS Association contracts with a number of home health care agencies that provide custodial care by a home health aide. Custodial care includes such things as bathing, dressing, and feeding. It does not include such things as ventilator care, giving medications or injections, utilizing a suction machine or assisting with feeding tubes. The amount of service is determined by the In-Home Care coordinator and not by the staff of the home health aide agency. A minimum of two weeks notice is required to coordinate this service. 
Eligibility Requirements
Candidates for the Howard I. Abrams Program must:
•  Have a diagnosis of ALS and reside in the Chapter service area
•  Need assistance with personal care and live at home
•  Apply for county or state funded services such as: Office of Aging or Attendant Care Program (We can supply you with your county contact numbers if needed)
•  Apply to the In Home Care Program through your VA Medical Center if you are a veteran

You will be considered ineligible for the Howard I. Abrams Program if:
•  You are receiving hospice care (depending upon services received from hospice)
•  You reside in a Skilled Nursing Facility or an Assisted Living Facility
•  You have a Live-in Caregiver
•  You have a Long Term Care Insurance Policy
•  Other in-home services are provided through another agency or organization


Please note your Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care hours will change if you begin to receive services through Hospice, VA, Office of Aging or Attendant Care Services. 

For more information or for assistance completing the application, contact Wendy Barnes, LSW at 610-797-2102 or


The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
321 Norristown Road - Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002

The ALS Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.