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Written by Jamie McDonald   
Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:39

Many residents of Leisure World know that the acronym FISH means "Friends in Sickness and Health". But they probably don’t know that there are more than 1,000 chapters of FISH in America, as well as numerous chapters in many other countries throughout the world.

FISH has no national structure, and it is strongly believed that this is one of the keys to its success. Each local chapter, as a result, finds its own community’s needs, and works toward filling those needs as they arise in the community.

At Leisure World, the services of FISH include the free loan of medical equipment to residents and employees of Leisure World with a temporary need. Our inventory includes wheelchairs, canes, walkers, tub stools, easy-reachers, elevated toilet seats and commodes. Desk hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m. FISH is closed on major holidays. The phone number is 301-598-1320 – you will reach the E&R office and should ask for FISH.

Loans are usually made when the FISH desk is open. However, when this is not possible, the E & R office may be contacted for assistance. We are unable to deliver or pick up equipment.

The borrower must arrange transportation of the equipment.

The FISH operation is wholly supported by donations of cash or equipment. We accept donations of equipment. We do not accept items such as leg braces, long shoe horns, bed safety rails, magnifiers, slings, humidifiers and other equipment, for which there is less demand, and which would overwhelm our storage space. Donated money is used to purchase or repair equipment and for office supplies.

FISH provides other services as well. While FISH does not provide transportation for those in need, a list of current organizations and residents who do drive (usually at a fee) is maintained at the desk. Ask for a copy of this transportation schedule if you are interested.

FISH also operates the Lost and Found division. If you have lost something, you may want to check in person at the FISH desk just off the lobby in Clubhouse II. If you have found something, please turn it in there.

The FISH office is a collection site for old eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club, which distributes the glasses to those in need worldwide and for Kiwanis, which collects can tabs for St. Jude’s Hospital and old greeting cards for St. Jude’s Ranch. We often serve as a drop off place for other collections.

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