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Every patient who comes to Mary Free Bed has a unique story and different needs. Your team works individually with you to determine the services and therapies most beneficial to your rehabilitation.

Ask for a referral or call us directly: 616.840.8790.

Adaptive Sports

Our Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program offers a variety of athletic programs for patients and community members. Anyone with impaired mobility after cancer can reap the same benefits of athletic activity and competition enjoyed by able-bodied people. In addition to competitive and recreational teams for wheelchair tennis, basketball, rugby, goalball, softball and other sports, we offer clinics throughout the year so you can check out activities such as archery, canoeing/kayaking, downhill skiing, golf, rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving and water skiing.

Assistive Technology

If you have limited ability to communicate or interact, you may benefit from electronic aids to daily living and/or an augmentative communication device, which is a system (other than writing) that allows an individual to make thoughts and needs known. Assistive technology ranges from low-tech picture boards to high-tech, computer-based systems.

Additionally, our rehab technology therapists can help you with computer access by adapting or customizing your existing computer equipment. If you have limited hand function or fine motor skills, therapists can help identify devices that may allow enhanced independence at home, school or work. These include emergency call devices, door opening systems, switch-operated phones, remote-control lights or fans and remote-control audio systems. They may operate by infrared signals, radio frequency, WiFi or voice control.

Driver Rehabilitation

Our Driver Rehabilitation Program is designed to restore independence by putting you back in the driver’s seat. Driver rehab professionals:

• Assist with transportation evaluations and recommendations for car, truck or van modifications
• Assess your driving skills
• Provide on-the-road driver education and training
• Identify specific recommendations for adaptations such as hand controls, seat modifications, lifts or ramps

Home Evaluations

Your living space may need modifications for safe access. Our occupational and physical therapists provide specific input according to your needs by conducting either an on-site evaluation or by reviewing floor plans.


Orthotic Seating, Equipment, and Assistive Technology (OrthoSEAT) provides high-quality, therapeutically correct wheelchair seating and other custom assistive devices. These customizations are intended to increase your functionality and improve your comfort. For example, computerized pressure mapping may be used to assist in cushion selection or decisions related to pressure sore prevention and treatment. Your wheelchair seating solutions may incorporate commercially available components or custom designed modifications.

Peer Support

We’ll match you with a peer to support you if you want to personally connect with someone who has experienced a challenge similar to your own. Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids is another excellent resource for peer support and grief support.

Therapeutic Technology

Your treatment team determines what will serve you best. We have many traditional and technological services to help you regain your independence and quality of life. Some of our on-site tools and technologies include:

• ArmeoSpring – a computer-assisted device designed to improve upper body movement and functionality, including range-of-motion and hand-eye coordination
• LiteGait – a harness system that allows you to safely practice walking on a treadmill
• LokomatPro – robot-assisted technology that allows you to remember the pattern of walking while supported by a harness and using a special treadmill with robotic “legs”
• SMART Equitest – to identify balance and mobility impairments (Watch video here)
• Swallowing therapies – VitalStim, FEES, videofluorscopy
• Vision Coach Interactive Light Board – a dynamic system that works to promote and enhance visual function
• ZeroG – a gait and balance training system that provides static or dynamic body-weight support so you and your physical therapist can safely work on walking and balance tasks without barriers

Therapy Pool

It’s not your ordinary pool. We can adjust both the water temperature and depth. Aquatic therapy is ideal because the warm water helps muscles relax, giving you greater range of motion while increasing circulation. Buoyancy decreases gravitational forces so you can move more easily. Numerous cancer patients have used the pool and had good outcomes from the therapy.

The pool is a safe environment to work on muscle strengthening, flexibility and activities such as standing or walking that may not be possible yet to do on land. There are even parallel bars in the water.

Our recreation therapists also provide swim evaluations and teach water safety and adapted swimming techniques.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help you successfully return to employment after serious illness. We collaborate with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), which helps individuals with disabilities achieve employment and self-sufficiency. An MRS rehabilitation counselor is available on-site to provide information and determine your eligibility. Examples of services provided include skills training, job placement, job coaching, assistive technology and transportation.

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