Martha Waite, ALS resident, speaking at ALS Advocacy Day.

Leonard Florence Center for Living residents speak at  Annual ALS Advocacy Day

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Leonard Florence Center for Living residents speak at  Annual ALS Advocacy Day

Martha Waite, ALS resident, speaking at ALS Advocacy Day.

Residents and staff members of the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) participated in the  first Annual ALS Advocacy Day. This inspiring event was held at the Massachusetts State House on May 2. Steve Saling and Martha Waite, two ALS residents at the LFCL, were among the guest speakers.

ALS Advocacy Day was created to raise awareness about ALS and recognize the significant challenges faced by individuals living with the disease. The goal is similar to that of the Leonard Florence Center: to help achieve the best possible quality of life. Massachusetts State Senator Sal DiDomenico was on hand to welcome guests, along with representatives from ALS organizations and community members. In total, six LFCL residents, three of whom are on ventilators, attended this meaningful day.

As the country’s first urban model Green House® skilled nursing facility, the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea provides a level of independence not typically found in skilled nursing facilities. Home to individuals living with ALS, MS and on ventilators as well as residents who require long-term skilled nursing and short-term rehab care, the Center is operated by nonprofit Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and affiliated with Legacy Lifecare.

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