Gift Guide for People Living With ALS

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If your holiday shopping list includes someone who is living with ALS or a caregiver, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to help. Our support services team contributed these recommendations from their experience providing resources and support to people living with ALS and their families. Depending on where your friend or loved one is in their ALS journey and what their needs might be, items that help make daily activities easier may be a good place to start. 

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From virtual support visits to entertainment, tablets and speech assistants can make a big difference. Karen Raley Steffens, RN, CHPN, CCM, a support services coordinator, recommends tablets or Amazon ECHO Dots, while Anne Marie Doyle, MA, CCC-SLP, with her extensive experience as a speech language pathologist, suggests boogie boards (writing tablets) and voice amplifiers.


If you’re shopping for someone who uses a wheelchair, there are plenty of great experiences available in the Chicago area. Rochelle Walwer, LCSW, a support services coordinator, recommends memberships to places like the Morton Arboretum or Chicago Botanical Garden, which have accessible trails, and accessible theater tickets.

Capturing those memorable moments:

Sometimes a fresh set of photos or a simple greeting card can mean the world. Rochelle recommends Wi-Fi digital photo frames as a great way to display photos and share with family and friends.

Personal care: 

Everyone deserves a little time for pampering. Easton Stevenson, LCSW, a support services coordinator, recommends warm blankets for sitting or being in a wheelchair. Gift certificates to a spa or salon are also a great option for more in-depth relaxation.

Making daily life a little easier:

Living with ALS changes a lot about day-to-day routines, and simple things can help make those activities less of a challenge. Julie Stowell, RN, a support services coordinator, recommends the Giraffe drinking system because its unique design makes drinking water a breeze. Rochelle recommends adaptive clothing, which can be found at places like Target and Tommy Hilfiger.