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The Ultimate Guide To Used Medical Equipment In San Jose

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If you can’t afford brand-new home medical equipment, gently used durable medical equipment can be a good alternative, if it has been properly checked for safety, and has been sanitized.

To gain access to used medical equipment, you don’t necessarily have to buy it, as there are lots of organizations which will gift, or lend, used medical equipment to those who cannot afford it.

In addition to the non-profit organizations which will loan used medical equipment, there are also plenty of opportunities to find used medical equipment which is being given away for free in San Jose.

This article contains both suggestions on places you can go to make inquiries about more resources for finding used medical equipment for sale, for free, and on loan, as well as actual places which offer used medical equipment in San Jose.

 

In San Jose, you can buy, borrow, or loan, 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 San Jose

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 San Jose

Senior Centers

Veteran Centers

How to find free used medical equipment near me in San Jose ?

Buying used medical equipment from medical supply stores and thrift stores

Buying used medical equipment in San Jose

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Jose area

Goodwill stores selling used medical equipment in San Jose

Salvation Army stores selling used medical equipment in San Jose

Online listings and social media sites

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

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

How to find used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me in San Jose on freecycle.org

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

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

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

How to find used medical equipment for sale near me in San Jose, on OfferUp.com

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

 

In this post, you will be seeing the term “assistive technology devices” used regularly.

These are devices, without which, an individual with a certain handicap, medical condition, or injury, is unable to accomplish a daily living task.

Assistive technology devices can be as high-tech as a voice device for speech assistance, or low-tech as a jar opener, or a walker.

For organizations who deal with providing “assistive technology devices”, durable medical equipment as it assists a person to complete an action, or task, is typically  considered to be a form of assistive technology device.

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

 

Ability Tools is the name of the California State Assistive Technology Program, and it is responsible for providing the public with access to “assistive technology devices”.

To be able to carry out its commission, Ability Tools contracts with a coalition of “Reuse Programs” called the CATRC – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

The coalition members across California collect and refurbish used medical equipment, and participate in its re-allocation.

 

ABILITY TOOLS and the CATRC offer to those in need –

 

  • free long short term loans of new and used durable medical equipment and AT devices
  • lend new or used durable medical equipment and AT devices indefinitely for free
  • the opportunity to those who don’t qualify for free durable equipment, to purchase refurbished it at a very low cost

 

The Ability Tools AT Exchange

 

Ability Tools has created an online AT Exchange where all the participating CATRC organizations post their inventories of refurbished and sanitized used medical equipment and AT devices. Anyone can visit the site to what is available, and also at which centers the items are currently located, including the centers serving San Jose.

You can visit the Assistive Technology Exchange website here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

To find out how to use the AT Exchange, take a look at my article “Free Medical Equipment In California: How And Where To Get It”, where you will see an illustrated section on how to use the Ability Tools AT Exchange to see what equipment is available.

CATRC medical equipment reuse programs in San Jose

 

You may qualify for free durable medical equipment on a loan, or a permanent basis, or low cost durable medical equipment.

Contact the CATRC center in your area – San Jose – to find out if you qualify.

Below, are the CATRC Reuse Centers in San Jose.

 

Able People Foundation

 

The foundation has a program which searches out individuals, with physical issues which limit their lifestyle, without insurance, or funding, in need of home medical equipment, and gives them the items they need.

 

The foundations gives the following types of equipment –

  • ambulatory devices: walkers
  • manual wheelchairs in good condition
  • rehab wheelchairs in good condition
  • power wheelchairs with battery charger in working condition
  • electric mobility scooters in good condition with battery charger
  • transfer benches

Address:
552A Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: 408 263 8000

Website: https://ablepeoplefoundation.org

There is also a Facebook page which you can find here – https://www.facebook.com/theablepeoplefoundatiom/

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

  The SVILC loans equipment to individuals with disabilities to test it before buying a similar item.   Address: 25 N. 14th St. Suite 1000 (10th Floor) San Jose, CA 95112 Phone: 408 894 9041 ext.204 Website: https://svilc.org

Ability Tools Device Lending and Demo Center for San Jose

 

Ability Tools also contracts with a number of agencies to provide “short term loans” of assistive technology devices (up to 30 days).

The Device Lending and Demonstration Center in San Jose is –

 

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

25 N. 14th St. Suite 1000 (10th Floor)

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 894 9041 ext.204

Website: https://svilc.org

Centers for Independent Living (CILS) In San Jose

 

There is one Center for Independent Living in San Jose, which is mandated to support people with disabilities so they may live independently in the community.

CIL’s have medical equipment loan closets to supply equipment to their members who require it, but you have to be a disabled person, and to become a member of the CIL.

The CIL’s in San Jose –

 

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

25 N. 14th St. Suite 1000 (10th Floor)

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 894 9041 ext.204

Website: https://svilc.org

Used medical equipment loan closets, in San Jose

 

Community loan closets are a great place to borrow durable medical equipment, and typically the equipment loans are free.

In the San Jose area you have –

 

Avenidas Medical Equipment Loan Closet

The Avenidas medical equipment loan closet has items such as –

  • walkers
  • shower chairs
  • canes
  • other equipment

The website for the loan closet is here – https://www.avenidas.org/medical-equipment-loan-closet-now-open/

 

The loan closet program is part of the Health and Wellness Program.

You can give them a call.

Address:

450 Bryant St,

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Website: https://www.avenidas.org/

Phone: 650 289 5400

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Senior centers in the San Jose area

 

Senior centers, as well as often having their own medical equipment loan closets for seniors who use the centers, sometimes have loans closets for any seniors in the local community.

Given that these are day centers for senior citizens, even if your nearest center doesn’t have a loan closet, the staff should know about what is available in your area, as well as the seniors themselves, who are going to be a mine of information.

I would definitely make contact and see if you can’t find loan closets, or any other resources, that way.

Below is a list of the seniro centers in San Jose.

Alma Senior Center
136 W. Alma Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
408 275 1315
Almaden Senior Association
6445 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120
408 268 1133
Barbara Lee Senior Center
40 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
408 586 3400
Berryessa Community and Senior Center
35 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95132
408 251 6392
Cupertino Senior Center
21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
408 777 3150
Cypress Senior Center
403 South Cypress Ave, San Jose, CA 95117
408 244 1353
Eastside Neighborhood Center
2150 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
408 251 0215
Evergreen Senior Programs
4860 San Filipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135
408 270 2220
Gardner Senior Programs
520 W. Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95125
408 279 1498
Mayfair Senior Center
2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
408 794 1060

Veteran Centers in San Jose

 

You can get assistance with finding out about what you are entitled to as a veteran, from the Veteran Centers in San Jose.

 

County of Santa Clara: Veterans Services Office

68 N Winchester Blvd,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: 408 918 4980

 

You may want ask at VA Clinics in San Jose as well, as they are treating veterans who may need equipment –

 

San Jose Veterans Affairs Clinic

5855 Silver Creek Vally Pl,

San Jose, CA 95138

Phone: 4o8 574 9100

 

San Jose Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic –

5855 Silver Creek Vally Pl,

San Jose, CA 95138

Phone: 408 363 3000

 

VA Outpatient Clinic

80 Great Oaks Blvd,

San Jose, CA 95119

Phone: 408 363 3000

How to find used medical equipment near me in San Jose ?

 

The organizations and administrations below all work with seniors, individuals and families in need, and are great places to make inquiries about resources for used medical equipment.

In providing and running all the different programs and services, a wealth of information has been gathered, so I would contact any of the organizations and administrations, and ask them about the resources that they are aware of for used medical equipment in San Jose –

 

  • Area Agency on Aging in San Jose
  • Social services in San Jose
  • 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

 

San Jose Area Agency on Aging

 

The Area Agency on Aging in San Jose and Santa Clara County is called Sourcewise.

Addresses:

Main Office

3100 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 310

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: 408 350 3200

 

South County Office

16340 Monterey Rd,

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Phone: 408 762 7362

Website: https://www.mysourcewise.com/

Social Services in San Jose

 

The Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services is part of the Santa Clara County Social Services Department, and it is here that you may be able to find information on free, or cheap, used medical equipment resources.

Santa Clara County Dept. of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)

Address:

333West Julian Street,

San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: 408 755 7600

 

Website: https://socialservices.sccgov.org/about-us/department-aging-and-adult-services

The resource page for elderly adults is here –

https://socialservices.sccgov.org/about-us/department-aging-and-adult-services/resources-for-older-adults

Lions Clubs

 

If you can find a Lions club near you in San Jose, give them a call to see if they know of any free, or cheap, resources for used medical equipment in the area.

To find clubs use their locator tool.

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

 

Rotary Clubs

The same goes for Rotary Club’s in your area in San Jose.

Find a Rotary club with their locator tool and ask if they know of any community medical equipment loan closets near you.

Find out how to locate a Rotary Club near you using their locator tool, in my article, here.

The Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

 

The Catholic Charities run many programs and services all over California, and are in San Jose – The Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – you can contact them at the

 Address:

2625 Zanker Rd, Ste 201

San Jose, CA 95134

Phone: 408 468 0100

Their website is here –

https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/?locale=en

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Santa Clara County

 

In Santa Clara County, the Society of St Vincent de Paul  is now located in San Jose, and has more than 750 volunteers.

You can contact them to get more ideas of where to look for used medical equipment.

Website: https://www.svdp.org/

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Santa Clara County

P.O. Box 5579

San Jose, CA 95150

Phone: 408 249 2853

The Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley

 

Website – https://www.jfssv.org/aging-with-dignity-services.html

 

Address:

Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Rd, Suite 202,

Los Gatos, CA 95032

 

Phone: 408 556 0600

Your local church or faith groups

 

Neighborhood churches and the communities which build up around the congregation are another great source of information about charitable programs in the area.

In addition churches sometimes run –

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

I would contact your local churches, to see if any have a loan closet serving the local community, and if not find out what they know about any resources for used medical equipment.

 

Buying used medical equipment in San Jose

 

Stores in which you will find used medical equipemnt in San Jose are going to be –

 

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

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Jose area

 

If you are happy to buy used medical equipment in a thrift store, do take a really good look at any equipment before you buy it.

Thrift stores do not typically refurbish, or sanitize, the equipment they are selling.

Check it for any cracks, faulty joints, rust and missing parts, as you will be buying the item “as is”, and will not have any type of guarantee, or recourse at all.

The three thrift stores below are in the San Jose area, and sell used medical equipment –

 

Charity Cars for Kids Thrift Store

2725 Lafayette Street,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: 408 748 0081

 

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Savers Thrift Store

4950 Almaden Expy #20,

San Jose, CA 95118

 

Website: https://www.savers.com/

 

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Unicorn Thrift Shop

1181 Redmond Ave,

San Jose, CA 95120

Phone: 408 997 9188

 

Website: https://unicornthriftshop.com/

Goodwill stores selling used medical equipment in San Jose

 

All the used medical equipment that is sold in Goodwill stores is sold “as is”, and no guarantees are given and no liability is accepted.

This is because Goodwill stores only accept items gently used and clean, as they do nothing to them – no refurbishing, no sanitization.

Not every Goodwill store sells  home medical equipment, some do not accept donations of any medical items, so you are probably going to want to check with the store before you go.

To do this you will want to locate stores near you, and give them a call.

 

Goodwill donation store locations in Silicon Valley

In Santa Clara County there are 18 Goodwill stores.
To find out which ones are near to you in San Jose, you can use their locator tool here.

Salvation Army stores also sell used medical equipment in San Jose

 

You can also buy used medical equipment at a lot of Salvation Army stores, but just as with Goodwill, none of the equipment has been refurbished or sanitized, and is sold “as is”. So check it properly for to make sure it is safe.

Just like Goodwill, the Salvation Army has a thrift store locator tool on their website, which you can find here –

https://satruck.org/familystore

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

 

Used medical equipment for sale, or for free, is easy enough to find online near to you, if you know where to look.

You can find lots of wheelchairs, bedside commodes and even hospital beds in working condition.

You do of course want to be aware of a few points, and to be a little cautious –

 

  • if you think yourself to be a little vulnerable, you shouldn’t give out your personal information
  • don’t have strangers bring equipment to your home, especially if you care for a vulnerable person
  • arrange to meet the people offering items in public places
  • always check the equipment is in good condition before you buy it, as you will have no comeback if it breaks etc.
  • be aware that there are scammers, and particularly with offers of free items – if they start to ask for shipping money etc. just move on to another item

 

These sites are a mine of used medical equipment both for sale, and for free –

 

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

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

 

Craigslist.com is a site people post advertisements of all kinds locally.

You will find lots of people selling and gifting used medical equipment in your neighborhood of San Jose.

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

If you haven’t used Craigslist, and you would like to see how to search for used medical equipment for sale or for free, you can have a look at my articles –

“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 sale, or free, near me in San Jose, on FreeCycle.org

 

On Freecycle.org, you will find items which are being given away for free in San Jose – there is no buying or selling.

The platform is free, but you have to join – you just need an email address.

Freecycle.org is a system of groups.

You join groups in your area, and gain access to the items which are being gifted in that group, can offer items yourself, and post requests for items you need.

So, even if you don’t see what you are looking for at first, you can post a request in case anyone in the group has one to give away.

I have an illustrated article on how to find free used medical equipment near you on Freecycle.org. If you want to know more, you can read – “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 San Jose, on usedHME.com

 

UsedHME.com is a website of advertisements exclusively listing sales and donations of used home medical equipment.

It is free to search for items, and there is nothing to join.

Your searches can be as local as you wish to make them in San Jose, it is done by inputting zip codes.

 

If you want to know how to use the site, you can refer to my illustrated articles –

“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”

Screenshot of the UsedHME.com equipment category page

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

 

With Facebook, you need an account to use the platform, but it is free and simple.

Once you have an account you can buy, sell, donate and accept free items near you in San Jose using –

 

  • buying and selling groups
  • the Facebook Marketplace

 

If you want to find out how all of this is done, you can read my illustrated guides –

“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 San Jose, on Nextdoor.com

 

Nextdoor.com is a social media platform, where you can buy, sell, and find free used medical equipment near you, in San Jose.

Once you have become a member, which is free, you will be placed along with other members who live in your neighborhood, with whom you will buy, sell and gift items.

If you want to see how this is done, you can read my quick illustrated guides showing how to use it –

“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 San Jose, on OfferUp

 

OfferUp, the app and website, were created to make it simpler to sell, or to giveaway items you no longer need, and to find stuff you want, and you can use it to do just that in San Jose.

It’s “mobile first”, meaning it was designed with cell phones users in mind, but is also available on desktop as well.

The platform is free to use.

If you want to see how to use OfferUp, watch the video below – this YouTube video gives a very complete guide.

 

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

 

On eBay you can do local searches for used medical equipment near where you live in San Jose.

To do this, you set the search results so that only show items in your area.

If you want to see how to do 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 ?”

 

Things to remember when buying used medical equipment

  Remember to thoroughly check any used medical equipment from thrift stores, or online listings, as there is no guarantee that it is safe,  it is probably not sanitized, so you are buying the equipment entirely at your own risk. Specialist reuse centers and medical equipment suppliers, typically, by comparison, sanitize and refurbish the used medical equipment so that it is hygienic and safe, before it is sold. If you are buying used medical equipment from a reuse center, you should ask them if they have carried out any checks, refurbished or sanitized the equipment, and if it comes with 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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