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Yad Sarah – Homecare Support Services in Israel

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Last Updated on May 30, 2013

Yad Sarah – יד שרה Homecare Support Services in Israel

Yad Sarah, Israel’s leading organization of volunteers, was founded in 1976 to help alleviate the suffering of disabled, sick, isolated and elderly people, those homebound or wheelchair bound for any reason, and anybody needing HOME CARE.

Over 100 branches provide a range of free or nominal-cost services for sick, disabled and elderly people enabling them to stay at home rather than in hospitals or institutions.


  • Lending medical equipment remains its best-known service, and today a stock of over 300,000 pieces of equipment ranges from wheelchairs, crutches and walkers to hospital beds, oxygen-concentrating machines, electronic baby breathing monitors, glucochecks, breast pumps – more than 300different items in all.
  • A personal alarm response center which gives elderly people who live alone a lifeline for help, and relieves their families of worry. The touch of a button connects them to a reassuring, trained volunteer at the computerized main call center who sends help if needed – or calms the caller with a friendly chat.
  • Guidance and exhibition centers showing the range of assistive devices available to enable the disabled or frail person to function independently, and providing guidance for adaptation of the home environment.
  • A fleet of vans fitted for wheelchairs providing transportation to medical, social and other appointments for people with mobility problems, liberating them from their four walls.
  • Day rehab centers serving post-CVA and others with physical, occupational and other kinds of therapy (art, music, gardening and more)
  • Geriatric dental clinic with specialized care by volunteer dentists, also operating a mobile unit that makes house calls.
  • Legal advice for the elderly
  •  A unique play center for special-needs children and their families, including a lending library of toys, playrooms for gross and fine motor activity, creativity rooms, computer center, and guidance for families with a special needs child.
  • Support groups – for caregivers; for terror victims; for Parkinson patients; and more
  • Activities for shut-ins to keep their hands and minds active and dispel their loneliness. Crafts, volunteer visits, computer instruction, and a life stories project recording their personal histories.

Yad Sarah helps visitors and tourists services, whether to pre-arrange the loan of equipment for a disabled visitor, to adapt hotel rooms in advance or to arrange airport transfers in the special Yad Sarah vans or to deal with emergencies that arise during their stay. For tourism information call 02-644-4628 or e-mail tourism@yadsarah.org.il.

Volunteering at Yad Sarah

For information about volunteering call 02-644-4411or e-mail  volunteering@yadsarah.org.il

Contact information

Yad Sarah

Headquarters: 124 Herzl Blvd., 9618722 Jerusalem

02-644-4444 or *6444

If your require any further information, please contact Mr. David Rothner, Spokesman   Tel. 02-644-4430 Mobile: 052-360-6726

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