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
🍃 Below is a long, long list of places that may be able to provide free medical equipment
🍃 If you have insurance, you may wish to take a look here: How to Get Medical Equipment Through Insurance
🍃 If you have insurance and you are looking for a power wheelchair or scooter, you may wish to take a look here: How to Get an Electric Wheelchair or Scooter Through Insurance
🍃 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
🍃 Tip #1 – When calling places, please ignore if it says “senior” or “elderly,” and just call no matter what your age is.
🍃 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
🍃 Contact your states Assistive Technology Program. They may loan or give out a wide range of medical equipment.
🍃 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.
🍃 Your local Independent Living Center may be a good resource for information.
🍃 Contact your Area Agencies on Aging through the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or http://www.eldercare.gov. 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.
🍃 Contact your state’s protection and advocacy program to see if they offer medical equipment or have suggestions for other agencies in your state.
🍃 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”
🍃 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.
🍃 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.
🍃 Walk On Foundation provides grants for medical needs.
🍃 Every state has several different medicaid programs. If you were turned down for one kind you might be eligible for another: How to Get Medicaided
🍃 In some cases, the Veteran’s Administration may pay for equipment.
🍃 If you are in a Medicaid Home Aide Program, in many states there is funding available to make disability-related purchases through these programs: Extra Benefits & Services for People in Medicaid Waiver Programs
🍃 You can also try Googling “free durable medical equipment” and the name of your state.
🍃 If you have no health insurance you can look into How to Get to the Doctor When You Can’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.
🍃 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.
🍃 For hearing aids: Financial assistance for hearing aids
🍃 Craigslist can be a good resource.
🍃 Some readers also have success on Facebook marketplace.
🍃 If you are paying yourself, and your doctor prescribes or recommends equipment, you can declare this as a medical expense which can be used to
c. if you live in some types of affordable housing, lower your rent
🍃 Deciding what you want: How to Select a Wheelchair or Scooter
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🌸 Page Updated: 10/1/19
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