Independent Living Stories: Frank Box

This Fall, we’re getting to know the people behind Access Alaska and exploring the many sides of independent living. In September, we shadowed Frank Box for a day. We started at Frank’s house where we had a conversation about his fight with brain cancer and life after brain surgery. He shared insights from his recovery with us and we got to meet Sasha and Boris, his Russian Tortoises. In the afternoon, we followed Frank to his job at Access Alaska, where he is an Independent Living Advocate and the Manager of the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Frank described his work this way: “When you can give somebody hope, when they have none, that’s a great job.”

Independent Living Stories: Frank from Access Alaska on Vimeo.

 

 

Mat-Su – TBI Peer Support Group

TBI Peer Support Group

First and third Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 Matsu Health Services 1363 Spruce Ave, Wasilla, AK (upstairs conference room)

Peer Support Group meeting for survivors of all types of Head injuries and their families, friends, caregivers and interested service providers. The content of each meeting varies in direct proportion to those in attendance.

For information, please contact Krystal Blair 357-2588

 

Medicare Counseling Services – SHIP/SMP

Our Medicare Counseling and Outreach program includes:

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) funds personalized counseling, education and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and their families

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program funds education for Medicare beneficiaries and others on how to spot and report potential Medicare errors, fraud, waste and abuse.

SHIP and SMP grants are programs under the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Our Fairbanks office has certified Medicare counselors who can help answer questions about Medicare benefits and enrollment.

To make an appointment call: 907-479-7940

Home Modifications

Access Alaska utilizes a variety of funding sources to construct accessibility modifications, such as ramps and grab bars, to remove barriers and make homes and communities more accessible.

Loan Closet

Our loan closet provides assistive technology and adaptive equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, transfer benches, magnifiers, hospital beds, commodes, walkers, grab bars) to individuals with disabilities to increase their safety and independence in their homes and the community.

Over 250 Alaskans use this service annually; many of them are low income and do not have the funds available to purchase the equipment nor does their health care insurance (private or public) cover the items.

Anchorage – Head Injury Support Group

First and third Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm at Access Alaska – Anchorage [map]

Peer Support Group meeting for survivors of all types of Head injuries and their families, friends, caregivers and interested service providers. The content of each meeting varies in direct proportion to those in attendance.

For information call Frank at 248-4777.