Madonna Foundation Wish List
Therapists can come up with countless activities using these hacky-sack kickballs. The balls feature inviting faces on two sides.
Card Games and Dice
Therapists use various card games and dice to encourage problem solving, math activities, concentration, sorting and social interaction to name a few. In addition to a set of dice, these are some of the other card games needed: UNO, Phase 10, Skip Bo, and regular decks of cards.
EZ Grip Dumbbells
The equipment assists patients who are unable to maintain a grip on regular paddles or dumbbells because of arthritis, stroke or paralysis from a spinal cord injury. This equipment helps with strength building.
Buoyancy Belt- Sprint Hip Belt
Buoyancy Belts help support individuals in the water who are unable to support themselves. Aquatic therapists see a number of patients – both inpatients and outpatients – who do exercises while floating on their back. These belts help therapists keep the patients in a secure position while allowing them to move.
Recreation Therapists use board games to engage patients, encourage conversation, practice skills like problem-solving and sequencing and provide fun, interactive activities. Therapists need to update some of the classic board games for its collection.
Video Games- XBox Kinnect & Wii Games
Therapists use these games to stimulate physical and cognitive skills while involving both the mind and the body.
One night of housing for patient family
($40 per night; $280 per week)
Madonna’s Home Away from Home project provides housing for families who don’t live in Lincoln and want to stay in town to support their loved one through rehabilitation. The Madonna Foundation provides seven days of free housing in one of Madonna’s 17 nearby housing units. All of the housing units are on campus or within walking distance to the hospital with fully furnished apartments, two wheelchair accessible family four-plex units and several neighborhood homes.
Incentive Fund for a pediatric patient
Many therapies are difficult for children and teens. Incentives can help make the work more bearable. An incentive may include an actual prize or outing, not to exceed $50/patient.
Maintenance/improvements to Madonna gardens
Madonna’s large campus has many gardens for patients and their families to enjoy. This fund supports replacing trees and flowers, and keeping gardens fresh.
Adjustable Barbell Set
Adjustable Barbell Set is used for a variety of balance and strengthening activities. These are anatomically designed to decrease stress on the arms by keeping them below the surface of the water.
Water walkers are designed to add resistance with walking in pool therapy which helps patients to add resistance with walking which helps strengthen the legs as well as improving balance.
Aquatic Balance Board
This equipment helps patients with a variety of diagnoses regain balance and practice coordination and range of motion in the pool.
Madonna’s Adapted Sports and Recreation Program offers two six-week power soccer series for children. Power Soccer is one of the newest sports that involves moving a soccer ball with power wheelchairs that are adapted with a special soccer guard. The game is played on a basketball court. A gift of $75 will provide a scholarship for a child or teenager to play in the fall or spring series.
Parties/Activities for Pediatric Patients
This fund supports inpatient and outpatient holiday parties, special events, theme days, craft nights, and special guests.
Scholarship for Kit’s Academy Therapeutic Learning Center
Pediatric inpatients and outpatients at Madonna are not charged a fee to attend Kit’s Academy therapeutic learning center. A scholarship helps to subsidize the costs of providing a special education teacher, the time staff spend working with families and schools, and other Academy costs.
Car Seats for Children with Special Needs
Sometimes, a child's special health care needs may require additional support or attention during transportation. Madonna has a car seat loaner program that allows families to check out specialized car seats to transport children safely. Car seats also expire after seven years so new seats are always needed to replace expiring seats.
Riding a tricycle provides both fun and fitness, and is a therapeutic activity that allows children to exercise their lower extremities. As the muscles move through cycling motions, they are flexed, extended and stretched. This range of motion is crucial for children with disabilities, because muscles are incapable of keeping up with bone growth unless fully extended.
Pediatric Reverse Walkers
Reverse walkers give children the opportunity to bear weight on both feet, develop weight-shifting skills and balance, improve the quality of movement, and increase lower body strength. They are a great therapy tool for our pediatric patients recovering from illness or injury.
Emergency financial assistance for patient/employee
The St. Benedict Fund assists patients or employees in times of unexpected financial crisis with up to $350 to purchase food, medical supplies, pay bills or other emergency needs.
iPod Touch and iPad
Many of the apps offered for iTouch and iPad aren't just for fun or everyday organization -- they're designed specifically to make life smoother for children with special needs by making communication, behavior management or health management easier. For example, there are special apps that can assist children who do not speak by helping them make their wants and needs known. Madonna would like to have several of each device available to use with children during their therapy at Madonna.
Employee Continuing Education Tuition Assistance
Gifts to Madonna’s Continuing Education Fund allow employees to advance their educational and career goals. Last fiscal year, 61 Madonna staff members participated in the tuition reimbursement program taking 123 classes at 12 area colleges and universities. Madonna reimbursed a total of $44,460.93 in tuition dollars.
Sports Wheelchairs are wheelchairs that are specially designed for participation in sports. Madonna uses sports wheelchairs in its recreation program and as part of its Adapted Sports and Recreation loaner program. Athletes on the Madonna Magic Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Madonna Match Point Wheelchair Tennis team use these specially designed chairs as well.