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A Video to Warm the Heart
This moving video was screened at the annual event of the Friends of Yad Sarah in London and illustrates more than 40 years of activity - for the benefit of all Israelis. * In the video, veteran volunteer Vivian London speaks about her long association with Yad Sarah and the help that was there for her when she needed it * Photography and Editing: Simon Maurer * Research and Production: Benny Cohen, Public Relations
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Documenting an increase of 11% in the loan of special beds that allow patients to recover at home * In the photo: Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski explains to the media the urgency and importance of expanding home hospitalization*

In light of the difficult statistics on the incidences of death from infection in Israel's overcrowded hospitals, Yad Sarah has continued to expand its Home Hospitalization Program. In the past year, Yad Sarah loaned more equipment for home hospitalization than ever before, allowing patients to leave the hospital and its dangers of infection to finish recuperating at home. These findings are part of the 2016 summary on the expanding activities of Yad Sarah. Last year, Yad Sarah volunteers lent 337,000 medical devices and rehabilitation equipment at Yad Sarah branches throughout the country, including 6,000 electric beds and hoists to transfer patients, an increase of 11% compared to 2015. Moshe Cohen, CEO of Yad Sarah: "The demand for electric beds and home hospitalization services is only increasing. Hospital overcrowding sometimes reaches hundreds of percent. The number of beds compared to the size of the population is among the lowest in the OECD. The overcrowded conditions makes the spread of infection more likely. Everyone who can prefers to recover at home, with family, in a much more comfortable environment. As a result, at Yad Sarah the number of requests has grown steadily."*אובייקט:See Jerusalem Post article* Cohen adds, "As an organization funded by donations, we do our best to respond to the demand. Yad Sarah calls on the health care system to make an increased effort to release patients to recover at home, and to develop the technological and human infrastructure needed to support this trend. Another life-saving innovation introduced this past year was the upgrading of the panic button device of the emergency alarm response system (EARS). Yad Sarah launched – the first in the country - a transmitter that detects a fall even when subscribers are unable to communicate with the emergency call center on their own. The system immediately alerts the staff at the center and dispatches medical assistance and rescue teams. This past year, Yad Sarah volunteers installed 2,000 devices for new subscribers. Yad Sarah continues to lend a helping hand in both the center of the country and in its periphery with more than 100 branches, assisted by some 6,000 dedicated volunteers who donate more than one million hours of their time. Donations from the public continue to grow, expressing its confidence in our work. In 2016, we opened new branches in Beit Shemesh, Herzliya and Sussiya in the southern Hebron Hills. The Yerucham and Kiryat Malachi branches moved to more spacious premises. Yad Sarah is so much more than just borrowing wheelchairs. Yad Sarah assisted more than a quarter of a million people of all ages, among them those who took advantage of our transportation service for people in wheelchairs. Volunteers visit housebound patients; the geriatric dental clinic provides dental care for the elderly as well as the housebound; the day rehabilitation centers provide both disabled persons and their caretakers with a day of respite; and Yad Riva provides free or low cost legal services for seniors. A special Yad Sarah team helps Holocaust survivors attain their rights and participate in social activities together. The last event of the year was a Hanukkah party and bar/bat mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall, an emotional event for these survivors who never had the chance to celebrate this milestone with their families before the horrors of World War II overtook them. Also in the past year, Yad Sarah launched the "World of Giving" visitor's center, featuring an exciting and moving interactive tour suitable ​​for the whole family. Free of charge and guided by trained volunteer staff, the center impresses the visitor with the importance of volunteering and caring about the fate of others as the foundation of a healthy society. Thousands of visitors from Israel and abroad have already experienced the tour, showcasing the beautiful face of Israeli society Also at Yad Sarah: In a new venture initiated to offer accessibility during leisure activities, Yad Sarah launched this past year a monthly trip tailored for people in wheelchairs. The group has enjoyed five tours, led by volunteer guides. Another new venture is "Equal Employment for All" centered on creating a quick and easy borrowing system for employers who wish to integrate people with disabilities into their workplace. Yad Sarah makes available all the necessary equipment for creating an accessible and friendly workspace in which the worker can meet his full potential. The project operates in cooperation with the Office for the Employment of People with Disabilities at the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Fund for Development of Services for People with Disabilities at the National Insurance Institute. All in all, a very productive year for the Yad Sarah family!

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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Giving Stays in the Family
Elisheva Printz, lending director of the Jerusalem region, writes about Yad Sarah's newest branch in Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz- Stone) under the direction of the Felheimer family. * The family is continuing its own tradition as well as that of Yad Sarah's, and has established a local branch in their home * Photography: David Rothner *

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Hagit Yasu Gives Back
Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yasu sitting in front of one of the computers. (pictured) Hagit is well known as the winner of the "Kochav Nolad" program six years ago and received lots of publicity following the win.

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Where Does a Family from Oklahoma Turn When They Need Help in a Medical Emergency? Why, to Yad Sarah, Of Course!

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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