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The Ultimate Guide To Used Medical Equipment In Sacramento

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Gently used durable medical equipment which has been refurbished is a perfectly good option when you can’t afford new items, so long as it has been properly checked for safety and sanitized.

You don’t have to buy used medical equipment, though, lots of organizations will give, or lend, used medical equipment to those who cannot afford it.

Community loan closets will often lend to any member of the community who needs it for a short while.

This article lists all your options in Sacramento for finding used medical equipment for sale, for free, and on loan, as well as ideas on places you can go to find more resources.

 

In Sacramento, you may be able to get used medical equipment from –

 

  • the State Assistive Technology Program
  • reuse, recycling and refurbishing centers
  • loan or lending closets
  • independent living centers
  • medical equipment suppliers
  • thrift stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation Army stores
  • online classified ad listings and social media sites
CONTENTS - Overview & Quick Links

California State Assistive Technology Program and refurbishing programs (mostly free)

Used medical equipment from Ability Tools – the California State Assistive Technology Program

The Ability Tools AT Exchange

CATRC Medical Equipment Reuse Programs in Sacramento

Ability Tools Device Lending and Demo Centers

Independent Reuse programs and loan closets (most loan closets are free)

Centers for Independent Living

Used medical equipment loan closets  in Sacramento

Senior Centers

Veteran Centers

Finding other resources for free used medical equipment in Sacramento

How to find free used medical equipment near me in Sacramento ?

Buying used medical equipment from medical supply stores and thrift stores

Buying used medical equipment in Sacramento

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Sacramento area

Goodwill stores selling used medical equipment in Sacramento

Salvation Army stores selling used medical equipment in Sacramento

Online listings and social media sites – used medical equipment for sale or free

How to find used medical equipment online for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento on Craigslist

How to find used medical equipment for free, near me in Sacramento on Freecycle.org

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento on UsedHME.com

How to find used medical equipment for sale or free, near me in Sacramento on Facebook

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento on Nextdoor.com

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento on OfferUp.com

How to find used medical equipment near me on eBay in Sacramento

I will be frequently be referring to “assistive technology devices” in this piece.

So, let’s start with a quick definition of the term – “assistive technology devices” are devices which enable an individual to accomplish a daily living task, that they could not otherwise accomplish without that device.

Assistive technology devices can be either high-tech or low-tech.

Durable medical equipment falls nicely under the umbrella of assistive technology device, so when I use the term assistive technology devices it includes home medical equipment and durable medical equipment.

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

 

The State Assistive Technology Program in California is “ABILITY TOOLS”.

Their website is here – https://abilitytools.org/

Every state AT Program’s mission is to increase public access to “assistive technology devices”.

Ability Tools does this, in part, by contracting with a coalition of Reuse Centers, called the CATRC – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

The CATRC website is here.

The members of the CATRC  collect and refurbish used medical equipment for Ability Tools, and then help to re-distribute equipment to those in need.

 

ABILITY TOOLS with the CATRC, offer the possibility, to those who qualify, of –

  • loans of new or used medical equipment in the short term for free
  • loans of  new or used medical equipment for longer periods of time for free
  • loans of new or used medical equipment indefinitely for free
  • being given new or used medical equipment for free
  • buying used medical equipment at a very low cost, if you do not qualify for the loans

 

The Ability Tools AT Exchange

 

All the refurbished and sanitized medical equipment in the inventories of the CATRC coalition members is posted online at the Ablitlity Tools AT Exchange, where anyone, including the public, can see what is available.

This is the Assistive Technology Exchange website  – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

To see instructions on how to use the AT Exchange, you can refer to my article “Free Medical Equipment In California: How And Where To Get It”, where you will see a section on how to use the Ability Tools AT Exchange.

CATRC medical equipment reuse programs in Sacramento

 

If you wnat to find out if you qualify for a loan of durable medical equipment, either short term, long term, on or a permanent basis, contact the CATRC center in your area.

In Sacramento the CATRC Reuse Center is Easter Seals Superior California.

 

Easter Seals Superior California

 

Easter Seals Superior CA gives free indefinite term loans of durable medical equipment in 13 counties, including – Sacramento County.

They loan equipment such as –

  • 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

 

In Sacramento, Ability Tools also runs a Device Lending and Demonstration program providing “short term loans” of assistive technology devices, loaned for up to 30 days.

You can see all the Device Lending and Demo Centers information on the Ability Tools website is here.

In Sacramento, the Device Lending and Demonstration Center is –

 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

1000 G Street, Ste 100

Sacramento,

CA 95814

Phone: 800 390 2699

Website: https://cfilc.org/about/programs-coalitions.php

Centers for Independent Living (CILS) in

Sacramento

 

If you are disabled, you need to be a member of a CIL to gain access to their support and services, but if you are, they typically have assistive technology devices with durable medical equipment loan closets.

In Sacramento, you have two centers –

 

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/

Used medical equipment loan closets, in Sacramento

 

Medical equipment loan closets are usually run by community volunteers and non-profit organizations. Very often your local Area Agency on Aging will know of any in your area.

In Sacramento, you have –

 

AbleCloset 

This loan closet lends medical equipment to children with special needs.

You will find  –

  • 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 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association in Sacramento runs a loan closet for individuals with ALS.

The loan closet items such as –

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

 

You can contact them on the number below.

Phone: 916 979 9265

 

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American Lutheran Church Medical Equipment Closet

American Lutheran Church

1114 College St,

Woodland, CA 95695

Phone: 530 662 6338

 

This loan closet has home medical equipment, which it loans for free upon request –

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

 

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Davis Senior Center Medical Equipment Closet

646 A St,

Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530 757 5696

 

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

 

The loan closet has –

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

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Parkinson’s Association Sacramento Loan Closet

Phone: 916 489 0026

If you live in Sacramento and suffer with Parkinson’s disease, then you can use this loan closet.

The loan closet has –

  • wheelchairs
  • scooters
  • hospital beds
  • shower equipment

 

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St. Paul Catholic Church Medical Equipment Loan Program

8720 Florin Rd,

Sacramento, CA 95828

Phone: 916 381 5200

 

Another Church loan closet with –

  • 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 medical equipment loan closet is available to adults in need.

It is a classic medical equipment loan closet –

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

 

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Senior Centers in the Sacramento area

 

Senior centers, as you may imagine, are a great place to get information about a lot of things.

Some, but not all, have medical equipment loan closets for their members, and even the local community.

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

I have put together a list of Senior Centers in Sacramento 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

 

Next, if you are a veteran, I would find out what you are eligible for.

As well as the administrations having information, other veterans will also be an invaluable source of information.

Below are the VA Services in Sacramento, where you can make your inquiries –

 

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

How to find used medical equipment near me in Sacramento ?

 

The organizations and administrations that I have listed below all work with individuals and families in need.

Together they form a huge information resource that has been built up from providing and running all their different services.

You can contact any of them to find out if they know of any places you may be able to find free used medical equipment –

 

  • Agency on Aging Area 4
  • Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance
  • Lions Clubs
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Catholic Charities of California – County of Sacramento
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sacramento
  • Lutheran Social Services – Northern California
  • The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
  • Local church communities and faith groups in Sacramento

Area Agency on Aging in Sacramento

 

The area agency on aging for 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

 

The social services department in Sacramento is –

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

 

Lions clubs can be another very good source of information, as they very often run community medical loan closets, and other charitable programs.

In Sacramento, you can contact them to see if they know of a club with a loan closet for used medical equipment in your area.

The Lions organization has a club locator tool on their website.

I have a short illustrated guide outlining how to find a Lions Club near you, which you can read here.

 

Rotary Clubs

 

The same applies for Rotary Clubs, as for Lions clubs, in your area in Sacramento.

I have another short, illustrated guide on how to locate a Rotary Club near you  using their locator, that you can read here.

The Catholic Charities of California – County of Sacramento

 

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

 

Address:

P.O. Box 162487,

Sacramento,

CA 95816-2487

Phone: 916 972 1212

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

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/

Local church or faith groups in Sacramento

 

Your local church congregations and the communities they have built up around them will be a source of lots of information.

Churches very often run the following types of programs –

 

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

I would make contact with your local churches, see if they know about any free resources for equipment.

 

Buying used medical equipment in Sacramento

 

So far I have talked about the places you can find used medical equipment for free.

Now it’s time to look at buying used medical equipment.

 

Physical stores which sell used medical equipment –

 

  • medical supply stores
  • thrift stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation Army stores

 

Online listings selling used medical equipment include (and also offering it for free) –

 

  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Used Home Medical Equipment
  • Facebook Sellers Groups
  • OfferUp

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Sacramento area

 

Deseret Industries Thrift Store

 

The store sells some basic used durable 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 

You find  gently used medical equipment which is in working order, such as –

 

  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs

 

Address:

2590 21st St

Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: 916 272 2820

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

 

Goodwill stores selling used medical in the Sacramento

 

You won’t find used medical equipment at all Goodwill stores.

If the stores do sell used medical equipment, it is sold “as is”, and Goodwill gives no guarantee as to the condition of the equipment.

Goodwill stores also do not work on, sanitize, or repair used items before they are put on sale, so you do need to inspect what you are buying closely.

 

Goodwill stores in Sacramento

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

Goodwill has around 20 stores in Sacramento.
To find the stores nearest to you in Sacramento, use their locator tool  here.

Salvation Army stores also sell used medical equipment in Sacramento

 

Just like Goodwill thrift stores, Salvation Army stores do not all sell used home medical equipment.

And again, if they do sell used medical equipment, it is sold “as is”, with no repair, or cleaning, of the items, and importantly with no guarantee for the condition of the items.

Do examine closely any used medical equipment that you buy from them.

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

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, online near me in Sacramento

 

It is relatively simple to find used medical equipment for sale, or for free, online.

But as you don’t know the person you are getting the equipment from, and what condition the equipment is in, you are going to need to be vigilant.

If you are caring for an elderly loved one in your home, or feel that you may be vulnerable yourself, it is best not to give out your address and too much personal information.

You should meet strangers offering items in public places.

Used home medical equipment for sale, and for free, near you, can be found on these online platforms –

 

 

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

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free near me in Sacramento, on Craigslist

 

The Craigslist website is for posting advertisements locally, and you will find used medical equipment in your area of Sacramento without any trouble.

You will be able to find lots of people buying, selling and giving away used medical equipment in yours, and any other neighborhood.

Using the site is free, and you do not need a membership.

If you don’t know how to use the website to find used medical equipment near you, for sale, or for free, you can read my guides here –

“How To Find And Buy Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Craigslist ?”

 “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

How to find used medical equipment for free, near me in Sacramento, on FreeCycle.org

 

On Freecycle.org, you cannot buy or sell items.

It is a free online platform, which consists of groups of individuals offering free items to that anyone else in their group can accept.

All you need to do is to join a group, or groups in Sacramento, and to that you just need an email.

If you only want to deal with people in your area, only join groups in your area.

The process is as local as the groups you join.

To see how all of this is very easily done, take a look at a short illustrated article I’ve written “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Freecycle.org ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Freecyle.org page

How to find used medical equipment for sale or free, near me in Sacramento, on usedHME.com

 

UsedHME.com is an advertising site, with only listings for advertisements selling, buying and donating used home medical equipment – hence the name.

You will not need to become a member, and the site is free to use.

You use zip codes to manage the size of the area in which you are searching for equipment, so once again you can decide how far you want to go to pick up items in Sacramento.

And, as I said, there are items for sale, and a lot of items which are being given away for free.

If you want to find out more, you can read my quick illustrated guides on –

“How To Find And Buy Used Medical Equipment near me on UsedHME.com ?”

“How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On UsedHME.com ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento, on Facebook

 

To buy, sell and accept items in Sacramento on Facebook, you will need an account, but the process is easy and only requires an email address.

With an account, you will be able to buy, sell and accept free items in your area by using –

 

  • buying and selling groups
  • the Facebook Marketplace

 

I have a fully illustrated guides on how this is all done locally with Facebook –

“How To Find And Buy Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? An Illustrated Guide”

“How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Facebook Marketplace page

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento, on Nextdoor.com

 

Nextdoor.com is another easy-to-use online platform, on which you can find used medical equipment near you in Sacramento, for sale or for free.

You will need to join, as the platform places you along with the others who have joined from your neighborhood.

You are only going to see posts from people who live in yours, and surrounding neighborhoods.

There’s an app for mobile, and a site for desktop.

To find out more, you can read my quick illustrated guides showing –

“How To Find And Buy Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Nextdoor.com ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

 “How To Get Free Medical Equipment Near Me On Nextdoor.com ? A Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Nextdoor.com “All Listings” page

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in Sacramento, on OfferUp

 

The idea behind OfferUp was to create an app, and website, dedicated to making it simpler to off-load items from your home that you no longer want to keep – either for sale or for free.

The platform will find you items in Sacramento which are free.

It is free to use, but you will need to join, although this is very easy to do.

I have linked to a great video below, that fully explains all you need to know very nicely.

If you find it helps, give the guy a like or subscribe to his channel !

How to find used medical equipment near me in Sacramento, on eBay

You can also use eBay to find used medical equipment near where you live in Sacramento.

To find used equipment in your area, you will need to set the search results so that only show items in your area.

To find out how to make local searches on eBay, look at my illustrated guide on how to find used home medical equipment on eBay near you – “How To Find And Buy Used Medical Equipment Near Me On eBay ?”

Remember to be careful when buying used medical equipment from thrift stores, or online listings, as it comes without any guarantee for its condition, and you are buying these used items at your own risk.

By comparison, reuse centers selling used medical equipment, sanitize and refurbish the used medical equipment to make sure it is hygienic and safe.

If you are buying from a reuse center, you can ask them if they have refurbished the equipment, and if they offer any guarantee.

 

I’m Gareth and I’m the owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com

I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.

Gareth Williams

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