How to Get Free Medical Equipment

Art: Robin Mead.

Many programs and nonprofit agencies offer free medical equipment such as shower chairs, electric wheel chairs, walkers, canes, mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs, hospital beds, canes, and other items.

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How to Get Equipment

๐Ÿƒ Below is a long, long list of places that may be able to provide free medical equipment

๐Ÿƒ If you have insurance, you may wish to take a look here:ย How to Get Medical Equipment Through Insurance

๐Ÿƒ If you have insurance and you are looking for a power wheelchair or scooter, you may wish to take a look here:ย How to Get an Electric Wheelchair or Scooter Through Insurance

๐Ÿƒ If you are looking for home modifications, such as wheelchair ramps or wider doorways, take a look here: How to Get Free Home Modifications

Tips for Searching

๐Ÿƒ Tip #1 – When calling places, please ignore if it says “senior” or “elderly,” and just call no matter what your age is.

๐Ÿƒ Tip #2 – Be persistent. You may have to make many many phone calls or send many many emails. If a place doesn’t respond, keep trying. Try every place in your state. Try as many places as possible to increase your chances of finding something.

Where to Contact

๐Ÿƒ Contact your states Assistive Technology Program. They may loan or give out a wide range of medical equipment.

๐Ÿƒ Pass it On Center has an excellent national directory of free or loaned equipment. Some of the links are not configured correctly, so if you click on a link and get a blank page, just try googling the name of the program.

๐Ÿƒ Your local Independent Living Center may be a good resource for information.

๐Ÿƒ Contact your Area Agencies on Aging through the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or This is often an excellent resource and they may know what is available in your area. Call here even if you are not a senior.

๐Ÿƒ Contact your state’s protection and advocacy program to see if they offer medical equipment or have suggestions for other agencies in your state.

๐Ÿƒ State assistance programs for medical equipment exist in 14 states. Please scroll to the bottom of this page and look for where it says “Non-Medicaid Programs”

๐Ÿƒย For hearing aids: Financial assistance for hearing aids. If you are working or in school (or want to be) also check out these hearing aides through vocational rehabilitation programs that may have assistance available.

๐Ÿƒย If you are working or want to work, or in school or want to go to school, you may be able to get assistance with equipment through your local vocational rehabilitation agency.

๐Ÿƒย Walk On Foundation provides grants for medical needs.

๐Ÿƒย Every state has several different medicaid programs. If you were turned down for one kind you might be eligible for another:ย How to Get Medicaided

๐Ÿƒ In some cases, the Veteran’s Administration may pay for equipment.

๐Ÿƒย If you are in a Medicaid Home Aide Program, in many states there is funding available to make disability-related purchases through these programs:ย Extra Benefits & Services for People in Medicaid Waiver Programs

๐Ÿƒ You can also try Googling “free durable medical equipment” and the name of your state.

๐Ÿƒ If you have no health insurance you can look into How to Get to the Doctor When You Canโ€™t Get to the Doctor for a list of free clinics and other programs. Call as many places as you can and ask if they offer medical equipment or they know any agencies in your area that does.

๐Ÿƒ Hospice programs deliver free hospital beds to patient’s who are in end-of-life. If you are not end-of-life it may still be worth contacting your local hospice program to see if they have any referrals or ideas.

๐Ÿƒย For hearing aids:ย Financial assistance for hearing aidsย 

Self -Pay

๐Ÿƒย Craigslist can be a good resource.

๐Ÿƒย Some readers also have success on Facebook marketplace.

๐Ÿƒ If you are paying yourself,ย  and your doctor prescribes or recommends equipment, you can declare this as a medical expense which can be used to

a. lower your taxes

b.ย raise your food stamps

c. if you live in some types of affordable housing, lower your rent

Learn More

๐Ÿƒย  Deciding what you want:ย How to Select a Wheelchair or Scooter

Thanks for Reading

๐ŸŒธ This page is part of the free online guide:ย How to Be Poor in America

๐ŸŒธย Art on this page by Robin Meadย and Elizabeth D’Angelo.

๐ŸŒธย Page Updated: 10/1/19

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8 thoughts on “How to Get Free Medical Equipment”

  1. My husband has recently undergone a major medical procedure that has changed his life. He had a life threatening medical emergency to where his right leg had to be removed. I now have a task to where I need to prepare our home for his return from the hospital. I don’t have a lot of money but I do have projects that need to be performed for him. A ramp is needed and I so how need to remodel one of my bathrooms for him. Does anyone have any advice for me?


  2. Good day
    My name is Karien I suffer from fibromyalgia. My disease is not recognisable by the medical field. Before I was diagnosed I sstarted having problems with my knees so the operated on then, instead of making it better my knee problem became worse over the years. Now I struggle to walk. I tried to get cruches from my medical aid but thet declined it. They don’t even pay for my medicine. I spent over R600 a month onmy medicine. I can’t work so the only income is from my husband. Please let my kno help if you can help me please.
    Thank you kindly


    1. I pray you have found the answers need. If not, apply for disability or SSI asap. That would be the date your back pay would begin if approved. I was denied 2 times before getting an adjudication hearing before a judge who found I was disabled. You will be better off with an attorney in this step especially. I live in GA. Attorneys recieve 25% of first payment (lump sum) no matter if they begin with first request or just the adjudication. They gather all med. records and any other info. needed. I hired mine before my 2nd. request and this helped greatly reduce anxiety which I feel you have your share unfortunately. Back in 2003, it took 3 to 4 months to receive my lump sum payment from date of 2nd. Filing. I hope you have found your answers prior to getting this. If not, and you decide to persue this avenue, remember how important it is to go foward an make first application on your own if a disability attorny can not meet with you really soon to get that date set in stone! I really hope this is helpful but since it has been a while since your post, I would rather you have all of this struggle behind you, no matter your chosen path. By the way, my disability resulted in SSI which gave me medicaid in my state paying for medication, hospitals and all tests I require for any illness. You may qualify for regular disability. I am not sure if your husbands income is considered for payment amount per month or if you qualify for medicaid or medicare. It will not be an issue for actually being declared disabled. Thoughts and prayers.


  3. What beautiful, uplifting artwork! Iโ€™ve been on food stamps a while but even so, I learned many new
    things here! Amazing… Thank you very much!


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