People living with the effects of Thalidomide have many health-related problems that create challenges in daily life. It is impossible for people with short arms or legs to get into a regular bathtub or cook in a standard kitchen. This is where the Grünenthal Foundation for the Support of Thalidomide-affected People finds ways to simplify daily processes – and improve quality of life.
The Grünenthal Foundation supports thalidomide-affected people sustainably and quickly in improving their individual living situation.
Through many discussions with people affected by Thalidomide, as well as with relevant associations, we have learned that individual mobility and a barrier-free home are key factors in enabling a self-determined life. For this reason, we provide financial support for renovations that make living spaces barrier-free. Some of our other main support fields include measures to enable independent driving and accompaniment on activities outside the home, such as travel.
Our support measures do not lead to any financial disadvantages for applicants regarding other payments such as the Thalidomide pension. We provide support in the form of benefits in kind. This means that we do not make direct payments to affected people, but we pay the service providers’ costs. We focus on quick and unbureaucratic assistance.
Since it was created, our foundation has already helped affected people in over 2,000 cases worldwide. Our individual assistance measures expand on the assistance provided through other supportive measures.
Our assistance is available to you if you were affected by a Grünenthal product and are recognised as such by the Contergan Foundation for Disabled People.
If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail or phone.
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In addition to existing financial assistance, people affected by Thalidomide can receive the following support from us:
Kitchen and bathroom renovations
Voice control for computers
PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
In recent years, we have expanded our commitment to include projects that meet other important needs for people affected by Thalidomide.
Peer-to-peer counselling in North Rhine-Westphalia
People with similar life experiences are best acquainted with the challenges, concerns and needs of affected people. For this reason, we support peer-to-peer counselling from the North Rhine-Westphalian state association. This association is staffed in part by people affected by Thalidomide. These peer counsellors listen to the concerns and fears of affected people, provide support for visits to government agencies or doctors, and help to complete applications. In addition, professionally trained counsellors are available to assist you.For additional information, please visit the peer-to-peer counselling website. www.contergan-nrw-peer-to-peer.eu