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Free Medical Equipment In Sacramento: How And Where To Get It

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There is plenty of free medical equipment out there, if you know where to look. But be aware that most of it will be used equipment, and that does come with risks, and you must properly check the equipment for cracks and faulty parts.

That said, I have put together a list of organizations giving away free medical equipment, websites where free equipment is posted by private individuals, places to buy cheap used medical equipment, along with instructions on how to apply where necessary.

 
In Sacramento, you can get free home medical equipment from –

  • the Ability Tools Assistive Technology Program
  • AT Exchange
  • reuse, recycling and refurbishing centers
  • community medical equipment loan closets
  • centers for independent living
  • free equipment listings online
  • social media sites online
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare, but not free
  • VA Centers
  • senior centers

Free medical equipment from Ability Tools, the State Assistive Technology Program

 

The task of developing access to assistive technology devices in California falls to “ABILITY TOOLS”, the California State Assistive Technology Program.

Durable medical equipment synonymous with assistive technology devices for our purposes – devices which help you to accomplish tasks of daily living, which you otherwise could not accomplish.

To fulfill its mission, Ability Tools has contracted “The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition”.

CATRC – is a coalition of “Reuse Programs”.

The coalition reuse programs collect and refurbish used medical equipment, for Ability Tools, put it on the system and find it new homes with individuals in need.

“The reuse programs accept donations of assistive technology devices and medical equipment, repair, and sanitize them, and then offer them to people with disabilities for free, or at low cost.” – Source here.

 

ABILITY TOOLS offers the following home medical equipment and assistive devices to residents of California in need –

  • free short term loans home medical equipment
  • free long short term loans of home medical equipment
  • lend home medical equipment indefinitely for free
  • an the chance to purchase refurbished home medical equipment at a very low cost

The Ability Tools AT Exchange

 

Ability Tools runs an online Assistive Technology Exchange for California.

CATRC members all post their inventories of the medical equipment that they have refurbished on the AT Exchange, which allows all the centers to see what is currently available – as well as the public.

Items on the site are free, for sale or loan.

The Assistive Technology Exchange is here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

Here’s my illustrated article with instructions on how to use the AT Exchange included in it, “Free Medical Equipment In California: How And Where To Get It”.

Free medical equipment from the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition

 

You can see the CATRC website here.

To see if you are eligible for free durable medical equipment on a loan or a permanent basis, contact the CATRC center in your area.

The CATRC Reuse Center for Sacramento Easter Seals Superior California.

Easter Seals Superior California

 

Easter Seals Superior CA loans durable medical equipment to 13 counties, including Sacramento County.

Items you can borrow include –

  • commodes
  • shower seats
  • crutches
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs

 

Address:
3205 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95864

Phone: 916 485 6711

Website: https://www.easterseals.com/superior-ca/

 

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Ability Tools Device Lending and Demo Center for Sacramento

 

Ability Tools has a Device Lending and Demonstration Center in Sacramento.

Assistive technology devices are loaned out on short term loans (up to 30 days).

The Device Lending and Demonstration Center in Sacramento –

 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

1000 G Street, #100,

Sacramento,

CA95814

Phone: 800 390 2699

Website: https://www.ilrcsf.org/get-support/assistive/

Centers for Independent Living (CILS) in

Sacramento

 

CIL’s, provide the support and services to people with disabilities, so that they may live independently in the community, one of which is free medical equipment loan closets for their members.

If you are disabled, you need to be a member of a CIL to gain access to their support and services.

 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

1000 G Street, #100,

Sacramento,

CA 95814

Phone: 916 325 1690

Website: https://www.ilrcsf.org/

Resources for Independent Living (RIL)

420 I Street, Level B, Ste 3

Sacramento,

CA 95814

Phone: 916 446 3074

Website: https://www.ril-sacramento.org/

Free medical equipment loan closets in Sacramento

 

A great place to find free medical equipment – usually on loan, is a community loan closet.

Typically, anyone can borrow equipment, but in some cases you may need to prove that you have a low income, or are disabled.

In Sacramento, you have at least these –

 

AbleCloset 

The loan closet is for medical equipment for children with special needs.

They lend –

  • wheelchairs
  • standers

Address:

AbleCloset Equipemnt Warehouse

670 Enterprise Dr, Unit C,

Diamond Springs, CA 95050

Website: https://www.ablecloset.com/contact

 

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ALS Association Of Greater Sacramento Loan Closet

The ALS Association has a loan closet which is available to ALS patients only.

You can borrow –

  • walkers
  • electric wheelchairs
  • manual wheelchairs
  • voice amplification devices

Phone: 916 979 9265

 

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American Lutheran Church Medical Equipment Closet

 

The closet loans home the medical equipment for free, upon request.

You can borrow items such as –

  • walkers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • bedside commodes
  • shower benches

American Lutheran Church

1114 College St,

Woodland, CA 95695

Phone: 530 662 6338

 

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Davis Senior Center Medical Equipment Closet

646 A St,

Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530 757 5696

The loan closet is for adults in need, and you don’t have to be a Davis resident.

You can borrrow items such as –

  • manual wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • bedside commodes
  • toilet seat risers

 

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Parkinson’s Association Sacramento Loan Closet

The loan closet is for Parkinson’s Assoc. members only.

The association has –

  • wheelchairs
  • scooters
  • hospital beds
  • shower equipment

Give the association a call on the number above, if you wish to donate your equipment to them.

Phone: 916 489 0026

 

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St. Paul Catholic Church Medical Equipment Loan Program

8720 Florin Rd,

Sacramento, CA 95828

Phone: 916 381 5200

 

The loan closet has –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • crutches
  • canes
  • bedside commodes
  • shower equipment

 

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Winters Community Center Medical Equipment Loan Closet

201 Railroad Ave,

Winters, CA 95694

Phone: 530 795 4824

 

The Winters Community Center medical equipment loan closet is available to adults in need.

The equipment available includes the items below –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • toilet seat risers
  • canes
  • bedside commodes

 

 

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Senior Centers in the Sacramento area

 

Senior Centers and their members will be a mine of information on community loan closets and other programs where you can find free durable medical equipment.

I would find and check with Senior Centers in your area.

You can check the list of Senior Centers below.

A Warren McClaskey Adult Center
5241 J, Sacramento
916 277 6625
ACC Park City
7375 Park City Drive, Sacramento
916 393 9026
Belle Cooledge Community Center
5699 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento
916 808 5610
Broadway Senior Center
5200 Broadway, Sacramento
916 465 4731
Cathedral Neighborhood Senior Center
711 J Street, Sacramento
916 442 9014
Citrus Heights Unity Center
7635 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights
916 721 0682
City of Rocklin Sunset Center
2650 Sunset Avenue, Rocklin
916 625 5200
Coloma Community Center
4623 T Street, Sacramento
916 277 6060
Cordova Senior Center
3780 Routier Road, Sacramento
916 366 3133
Elk Grove Senior Center
8830 Sharkey Avenue, Elk Grove
916 685 3160
Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center
915 27th Street, Sacramento
916 264 5462
Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street, Folsom
916 985 3641
Forrest Palms Senior Center
1825 El Monte Avenue, Sacramento
916 925 5673
Fruitridge Community Center
4000 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento
916 422 7610
Galt Senior Center
610 Chabolla Avenue, Galt
209 366 7180
George Sim Community Center
6207 Logan Street, Sacramento
916 382 3761
Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center
3271 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento
916 566 6439
Hellenic Senior Center
7847 Rush River Drive, Sacramento
916 427 5444
Johnston Community Center
231 Eleanor Avenue, Sacramento
916 566 6442
La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Suite 100, Carmichael
916 483 7826
Mission Oaks Senior Center
4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael
916 972 0336
North Highlands Community Center
6040 Watt Avenue, North Highlands
916 332 7440
Oak Park Community Center
3425 M. L. K. Blvd., Sacramento
916 991 5929
Rizal Community Center
7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento
916 395 0601
Robertson Community Center
525 Norwood Avenue, Sacramento
916 566 6419
Samuel C. Pannell Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento
916 433 6680
Senior L.I.F.E. Center
6414 Brace Road, Loomis
916 660 0543

Veteran Centers in Sacramento

 

If you are a veteran and not sure about what you are eligible for, you can contact The VA Services –

 

County of Sacramento: Veterans Services Office

3970 Research Drive,

Sacramento,

CA 95838

Phone: 916 874 6811

 

Sacramento Vet Center

1111Howe Avenue, Ste 390

Sacramento,

CA 95825-8541

Phone: 916 566 7430

Citrus Heights Vet Center

5650 Sunrise Blvd, Ste 150

Citrus Heights,

CA 95610

Phone: 916 535 0420

 

Concord Vet Center

1333 Willow Pass Rd, Ste 106

Concord,

CA 94520-7931

Phone: 925 680 4526

 

McClellan VA Clinic

5342 Dudley Boulevard

Building 88

McClellan Park, CA 95652-1012

Phone: 916 561 7400

Sacramento VA Medical Center

10535 Hospital Way

Mather, CA 95655-4200

Phone: 916 843 7000

 

Sierra Foothills VA Clinic

11985 Heritage Oaks Place, Ste 100

Auburn,

CA 95603-2413

Phone: 530 889 0872

 

Fairfield VA Clinic

103 Bodin Circle

Building 778,

Travis AFB,

CA 94535-1801

Phone: 707 437 1800

Yuba City VA Clinic

425 Plumas Boulevard,

Yuba City,

CA 95991-5074

Phone: 530 751 4500

 

Stockton VA Clinic

7777 South Freedom Road

French Camp,

CA 95231-9694

Phone: 209 946 3400

 

Howe Road VA Clinic

2860 Howe Road,

Martinez, CA 94553-4000

Phone: 925 372 2665

 

Martinez VA Medical Center

150 Muir Road,

Martinez,

CA 94553-4668

Phone: 925 372 2000

Free medical equipment online near me in Sacramento

 

Finding free home medical equipment online does not take long, and I’ve even seen a person offering a free hospital bed, in working condition, on Facebook Marketplace.

You can easily find free home medical equipment on the following sites –

 

  • Craigslist.com
  • Freecycle.org
  • UsedHME.com
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Nextdoor.com
  • OfferUp

Free used medical equipment near me in Sacramento, on Craigslist

Craigslist, is a site for posting local advertisements, and for searching for items in your area – it is worldwide.

To make our lives easier, they have a category called “free stuff” !

Craigslist is free to use on all devices, and there is no membership required.

I have a quick illustrated article – “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Craigslist ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Craigslist listings page

Screenshot example of a  Craigslist garage sale page

Free Used Medical Equipment near me in

Sacramento, on FreeCycle.org

 

Freecycle.org is a free platform made of groups of people gifting free items to one another within the group. You can find groups all over the US.

There is no buying or selling within the groups, everything is given away for free.

Group members can also post requests for items they want.

Freecycle.org is as local as your nearest group.

A person can join as many groups as will accept them.

Here’s my quick illustrated article on how to find free used home medical equipment near you on Freecycle.org if you want to learn more – “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Freecycle.org ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Freecyle.org page

Used medical equipment for sale or free, near me in Sacramento, on usedHME.com

 

This is a website exclusively for advertisements selling, buying and donating used home medical equipment, making it a very easy site to search on.

You won’t need a membership, and it is all free

Searches are done by your zip code, so you can keep it as local as you wish to.

I have a quick illustrated guide on how finding free used medical equipment on UsedHME.com – “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On UsedHME.com ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Free used medical equipment near me in Sacramento, on Facebook

 

Unlike Craigslist and UsedHme.com, you are going to need an account to do anything on Facebook, but it is free and easy to do.

After you have a Facebook account/membership, you can search  for free items in your area –

  • on buying and selling groups
  • on the Facebook Marketplace

I have a quick illustrated guide on how to find free medical equipment on Facebook – “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Facebook Marketplace page

Free used medical equipment near me in Sacramento, on Nextdoor.com

 

This is another social media platform on which you can find free used home medical equipment near you.

When you join Nextdoor.com, you will only see people who live in yours, and surrounding neighborhoods

You can use Nextdoor.com on desktop and mobile – just download the app for mobile.

I have a quick illustrated guide showing how to use it – “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Nextdoor.com ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Nextdoor.com “All Listings” page

Free used medical equipment near me in Sacramento, on OfferUp

 

OfferUp is an app and website to off-load items you don’t need, passing them on to others.

It is a “mobile first” platform, it is available on desktop as well, just go to the website OfferUp.com.

It is a free to join and use.

The video I have linked to below, is on using OfferUp, and it explains everything perfectly. Just watch the video !

 

Getting free medical equipment with Medicaid in California

 

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program.

The lead agency is The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which you can visit – here.

It pays for a number of medical services for individuals and families with the lowest resources.

It may pay for everything, or provide low-cost health coverage for some.

Medi-Cal gives coverage for physical and occupational therapy and “devices” i.e. durable medical equipment, as one of its “essential health benefits”.

You will be covered if  the medical equipment – 

  • you require is “medically necessary”
  • is prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
  • satisfies your medical needs

 

Durable medical equipment covered includes –

  • wheelchairs
  • canes
  • crutches
  • grab bars
  • walkers
  • hospital beds
  • oxygen therapy equipment
  • augmentative communication devices

 

There is more information in this article “Obtaining Assistive Technology through Medi-Cal” here.

Another informative article is “An Advocate’s guide to Medi-Cal Service”, January 2020, here.

Medi-Cal Programs specifically targeting the elderly and the disabled

 

Medi-Cal has programs called  Medi-Cal waivers, also known as HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) programs or waivers, which are designed to find elderly and the disabled adults who may be about to enter long term nursing facilities, but who with assistance could remain living independently in their homes.

Durable Medical Equipment or Assistive Devices, on these waivers, if prescribed as “medically necessary” by the beneficiary’s medical provider, will often be covered 100%.

The Medi-Cal waivers only have a limited number of places available, and if full, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Here are Medi-Cal waivers –

Home and Community-Based Alternatives Waiver – read it here.

Self-Determination Program – read it here.

The Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) Waiver – read about this here.

The sources for this section on Medi-Cal are –

“Obtaining Assistive Technology Through Medi-Cal” – https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/system/files/file-attachments/558301.pdf

“Medi-Cal waivers – https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/Medi-CalWaivers.aspx

The California Department of Health Care Services” – https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/

Can you get free home medical equipment with Medicare ?

 

Obviously, Medicare is not free, but you can make some large savings.

Medicare Part B, with some stipulations, gives insurance coverage to some durable medical equipment.

You can check my article outlining the rules, and scenarios for differently priced pieces of equipment, to see when it is worth using your Medicare Part B coverage to pay for durable medical equipment.

That article is here, “Can You Get Free Medical Equipment With Medicare ?”

Where to ask about free medical equipment in your neighborhood in Sacramento

The organizations and administrations below all work with seniors, immigrants, the homeless and families in need, in Sacramento.

The organizations have a wealth of knowledge due to all the services they run, so you can make contact and ask them about the resources in your area –

 

  • Your local Area Agency on Aging
  • Your local social services
  • Lions Clubs
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Santa Clara Count
  • The Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley
  • Local church communities

Area Agency on Aging in Sacramento

 

The agency in Sacramento is –

Agency On Aging Area 4

Address:

1401 El Camino Ave, 4th Fl,

Sacramento,

CA 95815

Phone: 916 486 1876

 

Website: https://agencyonaging4.org/

Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

 

This is the Social Services in Sacramento –

Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

Address:

2700 Fulton Ave,

Sacramento,

CA 95821

Phone: 408 755 7600

 

Sacramento County Health and Social Services website – https://www.saccounty.gov/live-visit/Pages/HealthSocialServices.aspx

Lions Clubs

 

Check to see if you can find a Lions club near you in Sacramento, and ask if they know of a loan closet for free medical equipment in the area.

Here’s my quick illustrated guide outlining how to find a Lions Club near you, which you can read here.

 

Rotary Clubs

Check to see if you have a Rotary Club in your area in Sacramento, and ask if they know of any medical equipment loan closets.

Use the Rotary club locator tool to help you find a club near you.

Take a look at my quick, illustrated guide on how to locate a Rotary Club near you, that you can read here.

The Catholic Charities of California – County of Sacramento

 
They run a number of programs, so I am listing a few telephone numbers and addresses, any of them may be able to help you.

Their website is here – https://catholiccharitiesca.org/where-we-operate/

Addresses –

2110 Broadway,

Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: 916 733 0100

 

3308 Third Avenue,

Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: 916 313 7604

Central Region – Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

 

Family Services Campus – Oak Park

3333 Third Avenue,

Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: 916 456 1980

 

Food Bank Services Campus

1951 Bell Avenue,

Sacramento, CA 95838

Phone: 916 925 3140

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sacramento

 

Society of Vincent de Paul sometimes runs medical equipment loan closets, and even out of their thrift stores, so you can contact them to get more ideas.

Address:

P.O. Box 162487,

Sacramento,

CA 95816-2487

Phone: 916 972 1212

Website  – https://www.svdp-sacramento.org/

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

Address:

2130 21st St,

Sacramento,

CA 95818

Phone: 916 486 0906

 

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region website: http://www.jewishsac.org/

Lutheran Social Services – Northern California

Address:

Lutheran Social Services Sacramento

4390 47th Ave,

Sacramento, CA 95824

Phone: 916 453 2900

Their website is here – https://www.lssnorcal.org/

Your local church or faith groups

Churches near you, and the communities they have built up around them, will be a source of lots of information.

Local churches very often run the following types of programs –

 

  • food banks
  • clothes loan closets
  • medical equipment loan closets

You will need to make a few phone calls, and get asking questions about any free resources for equipment.

 

Where to get cheap medical equipment in Sacramento ?

 

Financially speaking, if you can’t find any free home medical equipment, the next best option may be to buy some gently used equipment.

You must remember to check the safety of any equipment before you buy.

In most cases, refurbishing centers will run safety checks on used home medical equipment, fixing any defaults, and sanitize it.

But a thrift shop probably won’t do anything at all, typically they will sell the items “as-is”.

Always ask if whether any items you are buying have been sanitized, and checked for safety if you buy from a thrift store, and if you are accepting them “as-is”

Cheap used medical equipment at Goodwill Stores in the Sacramento

 

Goodwill stores don’t all sell home medical equipment, so if you find one near you, I’d give them a call to find out if they have any.

The stores sell all of its items “as is”, and will not accept any liability for breaks, or the consequences of breakages.

Goodwill stores don’t do any work on the used items before they are put on sale, or any sanitizing, they just don’t accept items which are in a poor condition.

So inspect what you are buying closely.

 

Goodwill stores in Sacramento

The Goodwill organization which serves the Sacramento area is Goodwill Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada.

Goodwill has around 20 stores in Sacramento
To locate a store near you in San Francisco, use their locator tool  here.

 

Cheaper used medical equipment in Sacramento

at Salvation Army stores

Salvation Army stores do not all sell used home medical equipment, so if there is one in your area, give them a call to check that they do.

There is no repair, or cleaning, of the items that The Salvation Army stores accept for sale. Do examine closely anything that you buy from them.

The store locator tool is here – https://satruck.org/ThriftStore

Cheap used medical equipment in thrift stores in Sacramento

 

Buying from thrift stores you need to remember to check the equipment for any cracks, faulty joints etc., as you won’t have any recourse if anything goes wrong – you are buying the used equipment “as is”.

You can find my article on buying used medical equipment here – The Ultimate Guide To Used Medical Equipment In California 

 

Deseret Industries Thrift Store

You can find all types of gently used medical equipment.

Address:

3000 Auburn Blvd, Suite B

Sacramento, CA 95821

Phone: 916 482 1480

 

Website: https://www.1usedmedicalequipment.com/

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Upscale Thrift 

The gently used medical equipment counts items such as –

  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs

Address:

2590 21st St

Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: 916 272 2820

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UpscaleThrift2590/

 

In conclusion

 

There are many options here, and hopefully you will find something that will help you out.

 

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