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Grant allows disabled patients to hold onto independence

A grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is bringing Lifetime Assistance one step closer to becoming "manually lift free." The organization, which provides services to those with developmental disabilities, says it will use the grant money to purchase to portable lifts.

Those lifts will allow employees to move individuals safely, while maintaining their dignity and independence. Lifetime Assistance eventually wants to eliminate the need for its employees to manually lift individuals. Excellus Senior Vice President says it applauds that goal.

"Moving towards manual lift free is a major step forward in reducing injuries in the workplace," says Martin Lustick.

"It really comes down to respect and dignity of the individuals in our services," says James Branciforte, President and CEO of Lifetime Assistance. "The ability to use current day, 21st century technologies. We've come a long way."

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