Where Can I Donate A Bedside Commode ?

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As caregivers, we often swap and change the equipment we use, to adapt to changing needs of our aging loved ones. This doesn’t mean though that our old equipment wouldn’t help someone else, and it’s a great opportunity to give it to someone else who could benefit from having it.

 

You can donate “gently used” bedside commodes to Goodwill,  Salvation Army, Easterseals, The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, Project Cure, REMEDY, Advocates for World Health, Esperenca, Med Share, HERO, MedWish, Global Links, Global Mobility USA, Medical Bridges, State Assistive Technology Projects – State Online Equipment Exchanges and ReUse Centers, Loan Closets (state and local), Thrift stores, Community Equipment Refurbishment Projects, Church Groups and more.

Where can you donate equipment ?

You can donate a bedside commode to a vast array of nonprofit organizations and assistive technology projects across the US.

I have grouped organizations in the following order –

 

  • those which work nationally and internationally
  • those who have a system which serves a whole state

 

Following that I have listed –

 

  • other localities you can find in your area which may accept, and need, donations of bedside commodes and other durable medical equipment for the elderly and the disabled
  • agencies, municipal services and church groups in your area who may have ideas for groups in your area who would doubtless like to receive donations of bedside commodes and other durable medical equipment

Organizations which work nationally or internationally and who accept donations of medical equipment including shower chairs

These are mainly nonprofit organizations who work in the US, and abroad, helping less served communities at home and around the world.

All of the organizations accept donations of durable medical equipment including bedside commodes.

Some of the organizations listed, such as Goodwill and Easterseals, have stores and affiliates all over the US.

You can use their store locator on their website to find the nearest location to you to drop off your bedside commode, or any other equipment you may have to donate.

Other of these organizations will organize a pick up with a company they work with, or you may have to pay to send the commode if you can’t get there.

There is a wide range of organizations in all the categories in this area. 

Advocates for World Health

Advocates for World Health accept and send donated equipment to the developing world.

You can find out about donating here – https://awhealth.org/donate-medical-equipment/

Easterseals

Easterseals have affiliates all over the US to which you can donate equipment.

To find your local Easterseals affiliate go to this web page – https://www.easterseals.com/connect-locally/

Esperenca

Esperenca accepts donations of equipment and medical supplies and you can find the page for donating here

– https://www.esperanca.org/donate-supplies/

To see their wishlist visit here – https://www.esperanca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Medical-Supply-Wishlist.pdf

Esperenca works primarily in parts of Latin America.

Global Links

Global Links accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals and sends it to under-sourced hospitals in developing countries.

To find out how to make a donation this is the website page – https://www.globallinks.org/our-work/programs/medical-surplus-recovery-program/individual-and-community-surplus-recovery

Global Mobility USA

Global Mobility USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization which accepts donations of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, ramps and physical therapy and occupational therapy equipment.

You need to contact them at their website, so here’s the donations page – http://www.globalmobilityusa.org/equipment-and-in-kind-donations

They don’t take bedside commodes, but you may have other mobility equipment to donate one day.

Goodwill

Goodwill will accept donations of bedside commodes, and a lot of other stuff too, in their local Goodwill stores all across the country.

This is the website page to find your local store – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/

HERO Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

Hero refurbishes and redistributes medical equipment which is sold for low prices at their retail store and also distributed around the world with medical mission teams.

Donations need to be dropped off at their store, which makes this one a little difficult if you aren’t local to Fargo, North Dakota.

This is the donation page for individuals on their website – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Med Share

MedShare delivers surplus medical equipment to communities in need around the world.

You can donate durable medical equipment at the three MedShare distribution centers.

Check this on the MedShare website – https://www.medshare.org/

MedWish

MedWish repurposes both medical supplies and equipment for people in need.

MedWish accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals at their MedWish warehouse in Cleveland Ohio.

The website page for donations is here – https://www.medwish.org/give/

Medical Bridges

Medical Bridges send donated medical equipment to underserved communities around the globe.

The organization accepts all kinds of durable medical equipment including bedside commodes.

To donate you need to visit this page on their website – http://www.medicalbridges.org/donate/medical-supplies-and-equipment

Project Cure

Project CURE distributes donated medical equipment to the developing world.

Bedside commodes are accepted along with a lot of other DME.

To donate the website page is here – https://projectcure.org/donate-supplies-equipment

REMEDY – Recovered Medical Equipment for the developing World

REMEDY furnishes medical supplies and equipment to global aid, to help to those in need.

They accept donations of durable medical equipment from individuals .

Go to this webpage to donate equipment to REMEDY – https://www.med-eq.org/Login/form.aspx?type=donate&quick=1

Salvation Army

You can donate medical equipment including bedside commodes to the Salvation Army.

Go to this page on their website to find out how  – https://satruck.org/

There is an option to schedule an  free pickup !

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations gives equipment to underserved communities.

You can donate a bedside commode.

To donate go to the website page here – http://www.pqmd.org/pillars/donation-guidelines/

Organizations and programs recycling donated medical equipment statewide

The following organizations and programs work across their whole state.

Pick your state from the list to see which groups work across your state.

Assistive Technology Programs are found in most states and they work to increase access to AT devices and equipment  to people with disabilities and the elderly, who can’t afford to pay high prices, or even to pay at all.

The AT programs very often are partnered with nonprofit organizations to maximize their outreach and efficiency, as these groups are well embedded in local communities.

The organizations work with the Assistive Technology Programs to recycle and refurbish devices and equipment.

The term Assistive Technology is, for these purposes, pretty much synonymous with the term Durable Medical Equipment.

State Assistive Technology Programs are given a federal grant to increase access to what are called Assistive Technologies, and this includes most durable medical equipment.

This list does not include only AT Programs, but they do make up a large part of it.

Pick your state to see who accepts statewide donations

Alabama

Alabama Assistive Technology Resource (STAR)

STAR supports five equipment reutilization centers which recycle AT devices and DME, including bedside commodes, for disabled members of the community.

To find the centers listed with all the contact details go to this web page –  http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/individuals-and-families/star/assistive-technology-centers

There is an online AT Exchange in Alabama which you can access here – http://al.at4all.com

where you can exchange, buy, sell, donate etc, directly to those who need the equipment.

Alaska

Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)

ATLA maintains the Alaska Assistive Technology Trading Post or AK Trading Post an equipment exchange and reuse program with loans, giveaways and sales. You can call about the equipment exchange and donating  on  907 563-2599

The website is here – https://www.atlaak.org/

Alaska Center for Children and Adults (ACCA)

ACCA is a nonprofit organization which helps individuals with disabilities.

ACCA runs a loan closet which has ” adaptive mobility equipment” . 

ACCA does not take bedside commodes, but again you may have other equipment that you would one day like to donate.

For information Call –  456-4003.

The loan closet website page is here – http://alaskacenter.org/loan-closet/

Access Alaska  – Loan Closet

Access Alaska is a private nonprofit organization which provides help to people in the community with disabilities.

You can donate bedside commodes and other equipment to the Access Alaska Loan Closet here – https://www.accessalaska.org/dme-loan-closet

Arizona

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

AzTAP runs three programs which give access to recycled AT equipment –

 

The Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange (ATEX)

You can buy, sell donate and exchange equipment using an online exchange.

This is the website page for the exchange – https://www.azatexchange.org/home.php

 

AT & Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Reuse Coalition

AzTAP coordinates this site which provides a listing of Arizona programs involved in activities of equipment reuse, including medical equipment loan closets.

They accept bedside commodes.

The website page is – https://www.azatreuse.org/

Fill a quick form to help you locate a participating reuse program, where you’ll be able to donate your equipment.

Open-Ended, Long Term Device Loans

AzTAP offers some of its older equipment which is still in good condition for free,  for open ended long term loans.

The website page is here – https://aztap.org/at-reuse/open-ended-device-loans/

Arkansas

Increasing Capabilities Access Network (iCAN)

iCAN is a state Assistive Technology Program.

iCAN has a Device Recycling Program to refurbish a wide range of equipment for donation.

Equipment Exchange is an online ad listings of used equipment for sale, donation, or exchange, available to residents throughout the state.

To find out more you can visit the website here – https://ar-ican.org/about-ican/

or, here – https://equipment.ar-ican.org/

California

Ability Tools

Ability Tools runs an Assistive Technology Exchange for donating and receiving medical equipment and AT devices.

Here’s the website page  – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

 

Ability Tools partners with reuse programs and posts their available inventory on the AT Exchange. 

Here is the website page with the info on the  reuse centers here – http://abilitytools.org/services/reuse-programs.php

There are centers across California, so you can call and donate equipment there if you don’t wish to get involved in the online exchange.

Connecticut

Connecticut Tech Act Project

CCTAP furnishes recycled medical equipment through their community partner New England Assistive Technology  (NEAT) Center at Oakhill.

If you wish to donate equipment visit this website page – https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/equipment-to-donate/

The equipment they accept changes, so you need to see if they are taking bedside commodes when you see this.

For the western region of Connecticut,  Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging also accepts donations of medical equipment – call 203-757-5449.

Delaware

Delaware Assistive Technologies Initiative (DATI)

DATI has an Assistive Technologies Exchange on which you can donate equipment, and that you can get equipment from, if you are a resident of Delaware.

Here’s the web address for the AT Exchange – http://www.dati.org/v3/home.php

Florida 

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technologies (FAST)

The FAST website address is – https://faast.org/

The Florida AT Exchange website pagehttps://faast.org/listings/,  

This is where Florida residents can post medical equipment they wish to donate, or also where they may ask for something that they need.

You can donate all sorts of AT devices and medical equipment.

Georgia

Friends of disabled adults and children (FODAC)

You can donate durable medical equipment, including bedside commodes, to FODAC and their teams will refurbish it and find people who need it.

The equipment donation page on their website is here – https://www.fodac.org/dropoff

Idaho

Idaho AT4All Equipment Exchange

Idaho has an online Assistive Technology Exchange, which you can use if you live in Idaho.

Once you have joined, just put up a post on the exchange with the bedside commode you wish to donate.

The equipment exchange page on their website is here  –  https://www.idaho.at4all.com/welcome.aspx

Illinois

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The Great Lakes Loan Closets for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

The loan closets have durable medical equipment – but each one may have its own eligibility requirements and loan period.

There is a link on the home page of the website to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org

Indiana

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The Great Lakes Loan Closets for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

The loan closets have durable medical equipment – but each one may have its own eligibility requirements and loan period.

There is a link on the home page of the website to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org

Iowa

Easter Seals Equipment Loan

Donations of durable medical equipment are accepted, including bedside commodes – you can give them a call.

“The Assistive Technology Center is located at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa 50313. To make an appointment to pick-up, or donate medical equipment, tour the Demonstration Center, or to visit the Lending Library, please call 1-866-866-8782 or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or email atinfo@eastersealsia.org.

Source: their website.

You can use the link below to fill out their form to donate equipment – Donate equipment to Easterseals Iowa

The website is here- https://www.easterseals.com/ia/our-programs/assistive-technology-center/

Kansas

Assistive Technology Kansas – Kansas Equipment Exchange

This is an AT exchange program and it is divided into 6 regions. You can donate all kinds of equipment.

To donate equipment the website instructs you to either call 800-526-3648 or to email your AT Access Site – you can visit this web address – http://atk.ku.edu/contact-atk , find which region you are in and then send an email, or telephone, the AT access location which serves you – all the contact info is on the page I listed above.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network

You can donate all kinds of equipment and devices to KATS.

You can read about all there services here – https://www.katsnet.org/services/

There is a reutilization program which collects and refurbishes durable medical equipment and AT devices to give to people with disabilities for free. The program for organizing this is CARAT – Coordinating and Assisting with the Reuse of Assistive Technology

CARAT can be found on the KATS Network website here – https://www.katsnet.org/services/at-reuse/

You will see a button for donating on the above page, and you can find out about where you can drop off equipment, if you don’t want to use their online exchange.

 

KY Assistive Technology Locator

KATS has an online exchange for equipment and devices – the KY Assistive Technology Locator

You can find it here – https://katsnet.at4all.com/

This has several functions – 

  • there is an exchange where you can donate or sell durable medical equipment and AT devices
  • there is the CARAT inventory
  • the KY Assistive Technology locator also has a lending library program of short term loans of equipment to try it before you buy it

Louisiana

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

Latan runs the AT Marketplace Louisiana’s Assistive Technology Classifieds.

The AT Marketplace has a large range of types of durable medical equipment, including bedside commodes.

You can donate assistive technology devices directly to LATAN to be posted on the AT Marketplace, or you can list the devices on the AT exchange yourself.

AT Marketplace web page is here – https://www.latan.org/at-marketplace/

Maine

Assistive Technology Programs in Maine

In Maine there is an online AT exchange where you can post your bedside commode online.

Here’s the website for the Assistive Technologies Exchange in Maine – https://at4maine.org/

Maryland

Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP)

The website for MD TAP is – http://mdod.maryland.gov/mdtap/Pages/MDTAP-Home.aspx

MD TAP has a directory of loan closets.

Call the one closest to you and find out about donating equipment.

This is the web address for the  loan closet directory here to download it- http://mdod.maryland.gov/mdtap/Pages/Equipment-Loan-Closet-Directory-.aspx

Facebook group

To donate equipment you can join and offer the equipment to other members of the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/443254832860014/

Massachusetts

MassMATCH – Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers Hands

Requipment  is a durable medical equipment re-use program, to which you can donate bedside commodes, other durable medical equipment and AT devices.

They have a substantial inventory, and list instructions on how to donate equipment to them –  – https://dmerequipment.org/

There is a list of local community groups that you can donate to in Massachusetts, you will find it on this page of the MassMatch website – https://www.massmatch.org/find_at/borrow.php#Device_Loan_and_Reuse_Programs

 

MassMatch also has an online equipment exchange listing where you can post equipment for donation, and you can find that here – https://getatstuff.massmatch.org/

Michigan

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The Great Lakes Loan Closets are for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

The loan closets have durable medical equipment – but each one may have its own eligibility requirements and loan period.

There is a link on the home page of the website to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org

Minnesota

Goodwill-Easter Seals

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota accepts donations of many different kinds of equipment.

The website home page is – https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org

You can locate a donation site with this page of their website –  https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/donate/find-donation

HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of bedside commodes amongst other durable medical equipment items.

HERO collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

The donations page on their website is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

There is a pdf about what equipment they do and they don’t accept and where to bring the equipment – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Mississippi

Project START (Success through Assistive Rehabilitation Technology)

Their  – http://www.msprojectstart.org/

You can donate to START through their Device Reutilization Program – durable medical equipment donations are accepted, so you donate a bedside commode.

The website contact page is – http://www.msprojectstart.org/contact-us

 

The Mississippi Equipment Connection Program – is an online recycling database – I couldn’t find it on anywhere on their website, but if you use their contact page you can ask them. 

Missouri

AT for Missourians

An Assistive Technology Program which accepts donations of AT devices and durable medical equipment.

The home page of the website – https://at.mo.gov

The website page about recycled equipment – https://at.mo.gov/recycle-reuse

They have an Exchange Program for used equipment the “Swap ‘n Shop” Exchange Program.

The website page if you wish to use their exchange program– https://at.mo.gov/recycle-reuse/swap-n-shop-disclaimer.html

If you wish to list equipment you can call Eileen at (816) 655-6700 or email at ebelton@mo-at.org

Montana

Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain

Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain non-profit organization  accepts donations of a vast array of different kinds of equipment.

Bedside commodes are accepted if they are gently used.

Their website home page is – https://www.esgw.org

You can locate a donation point here – https://www.esgw.org/locations-hours

Montana Adaptive Equipment Program (MAEP)

University of Montana Rural Institute runs the program.

You can donate equipment, including bedside commodes – they have loan programs and an equipment exchange program.

You can donate equipment of all kinds – https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/donate/,

and to do so you need to contact them.

There is also an equipment exchange where you can  put your equipment – Montana Assistive Technology Program — Exchange

The website page for that is here – http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/mtdb/welcome.asp 

Nebraska

Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)

The ATP website is here – https://atp.nebraska.gov/

The ATP run an online assistive technology exchange and classifieds – it is low cost or free.

 

The online exchange can be found here – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/equipment and then clicking on the link which says at4all.com. There are listings for –

  • Demonstration and short-term loans
  • Used equipment for sale
  • Free donated items
  • List items to sell or donate

 

ATP has a ReUse Network, and you can contact them to donate equipment – you can find that here – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/reuse-network

There is a list of partners in their ReUse Network program organized by area.

Nevada

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

NATC maintains an equipment-recycling program called CARE Chest which refurbishes donated equipment.

Here’s the CARE Chest website – https://carechest.org/site/

For donations use this link – https://carechest.org/site/donate-2/supply-donations/

NATC also offers an online equipment exchange – which you can find here – https://www.nateproject.com/welcome.aspx

New Hampshire

Refurbished Equipment Marketplace

The REM, a non-profit organization, works with AT4NH (New Hampshire Assistive Technologies Program)  with grants to refurbish donated durable medical equipment, which is then sold at low prices to people who need it, but can’t afford expensive equipment.

According to their donations page they do not accept bedside commodes, but they accept a lot of other types of equipment that you may have.

The donation page on their website is – http://rem.crotchedmountain.org/Donation-Policy_ep_42.html

New Jersey

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

http://www.drnj.org/atac/

The ATAC operates the  Back-in-Action Equipment Exchange Program which matches people with equipment for sale or donation, with those in need.

You can post a range of equipment including durable medical equipment, so bedside commodes as well.

Register with the site and then you can post your equipment.

The website for the exchange is here – http://backinaction.drnj.org/home.php

ATAC operates recycling of donated equipment through Goodwill Home Medical Equipment – a nonprofit in Ewing, New Jersey.

if you want to find out more about this go here – https://goodwillnj.org/material-donations/

To find the donation center nearest to you go here – https://goodwillnj.org/goodwill-donation-site/

New Mexico

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)

Medical equipment, including bedside commodes, can be donated to the reuse program Back in Use, which is run for NMTAP by the nonprofit organization, Adelante Development Center.

Go to the following web address to donate equipment – https://goadelante.org/disability-services/assistive-equipment-biu/backinuse-donate-equipment/

New York

The New York State Assistive Technology (TRAID) Program.

TRAID-IN is an exchange service in New York State connecting people who need equipment with those who want to donate or sell.

You can donate durable medical equipment including bedside commodes.

Their website is  – https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/traid-program

North Carolina

North Carolina Assistive technology Program (NCATP)

NCATP runs device loans through 9 centers across North Carolina.

To donate you contact the center nearest to you .

The contact info and addresses of the 9 centers is here  – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/vocational-rehabilitation-services/north-carolina-assistive-technology-program/ncatp

North Dakota

HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of bedside commodes and a lot of other equipment as well.

HERO collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

Their donations page is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

HERO has a pdf about items which they do and don’t accept, and where to donate the equipment – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Oklahoma

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma Able Tech is an Assistive Technology Program.

The website home page – https://www.okabletech.org

Online Equipment Exchange

The program refurbishes gently used equipment and maintains a device equipment exchange to which you can sign up and then offer your equipment.

The Equipment Exchange information is here – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/oklahoma-equipment-exchange

Donating to the centers

You can donate equipment to the centers but you will have to submit an online donation form here – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/apply-for-dme/donate

At the link above, there are eight Drop Off Locations listed where equipment can be taken.

Able Tech does do some pick ups for equipment as well. 

Oregon

Oregon Statewide Assistive Technology Program

OSAT refurbishes medical equipment and AT devices and sells them as recycled equipment.

There is a an online exchange program in Oregon as well, where you can post your bedside commode donation.

For more information go to this website – https://www.accesstechnologiesinc.org/about/oregon-statewide-at-program

Pennsylvania

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania

The program is supported by TechOwl, which is the Commonwealths Assistive Technology Act Program.

The UCP website is found at this address – https://www.ucpcentralpa.org

Changing Hands is an equipment exchange program which supplies refurbished home medical equipment and AT devices to residents of Pennsylvania on a first come first served basis.

Many types of equipment are accepted, and the page for donations is here https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/changing-hands

You need to fill out an online form to donate, or call them – all info is on the above link.

Rhode Island

Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)

ATAP contracts with Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) to provide a device exchange program to which you can donate devices.

OSCIL has an inventory of equipment for short, or long term loan.

The OSCIL website is here –  http://www.oscil.org/assistive-technology.html

To donate you will need to call or email them.

South Carolina

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

The SCATP runs the South Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange. The exchange is a free online exchange where anyone can post equipment for free, or for sale.

The SC  AT Exchange website page address – https://scatpexchange.net

For those who don’t want to use the online exchange there is SC Assistive Technology Reuse, which collects “gently used” medical equipment, and distributes it to those in need.

You can find a pdf about that service here.

If you want to donate your equipment to SC Assistive Technology Reuse, you can call SC Assistive Technology Reuse on 803-935-5273.

You can donate bedside commodes and other durable medical equipment to both the exchange, and to the Reuse program.

South Dakota

DakotaLink

DakotaLink has an AT Exchange site where you can donate medical equipment and assistive devices.

You can access it from here – https://www.dakotalink.net/at-activities/recycling-reuse/ or here – https://www.sd.at4all.com/welcome.asp 

South Dakota Medicaid Reuse Program

“DakotaLink” has a program for the reuse of durable medical equipment and other Assistive Technology Devices purchased for individuals eligible for Medicaid.

The goal of the program “Medicaid funding is to be used in a more efficient manner by recycling and reusing equipment no longer needed by the initial recipient.”

There is a pilot program site which has been established in Sioux Falls, SD.

For more information contact Merrinfo@dakotalink.net, or call 605-271-5074 or 866-274-2594.” 

You can access the pilot site brochure here – https://www.dakotalink.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MERR-Brochure-20181004-1.pdf 

You need to contact them by email, or call, to find out about donations.

Tennessee

United Cerebral Palsy Equipment Exchange

All types of durable medical equipment are accepted.

To donate any equipment you need to call and make an appointment.

The contact information is on the website on this page – http://ucpmidtn.org/programs-and-services/equipment-exchange/

Texas

Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP)

TTAP is partnered with Project Mend in San Antonio.

Project Mend accepts donations of bedside commodes, other types of medical equipment and AT devices.

Project Mend provides long term loans of refurbished medical equipment to persons with disabilities.

The Project Mend website donations page is here – https://www.projectmend.org/donate/

To schedule a pick up, or a drop off, for equipment at their warehouse, you will need to call them.

Utah

Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

You can donate equipment through the statewide device exchange to this assistive technology program.

This is the website – http://www.uatpat.org/classifieds/

To donate a device to the organization at their different sites, you need to contact them.

You can get the contacts here – http://www.uatpat.org/device_reuse/

Vermont

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

Vermont also has an Assistive Technology Equipment Exchange – an online equipment exchange.

You can donate all kinds of medical equipment on the exchange.

The website address for the Vermont AT Exchange is – https://vt.at4all.com

Here is the Vermont Assistive Technology Program Information sheet –

https://atp.vermont.gov/sites/atp/files/documents/VATP%20One%20Pager%202018.pdf

Virginia

Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

The VATS has a number of programs to ensure that the elderly and the disabled have access to assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment, to which you can donate any durable medical equipment.

The Virginia Reuse Network (VRN) Equipment Exchange is an AT Equipment Exchange.

To offer equipment on the VRN Equipment Exchange you need to visit this page here –  http://www.vats.org/apps/inquiries/Default.aspx

Virginia Reuse Network(VRN)

VRN also works with durable medical equipment reuse sites across the state.

The sites can be found here –http://www.vats.org/ATrecycling.htm

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment Endowment (F.R.E.E.)

The F.R.E.E. Foundation also works with the VRN and has a number of the reuse sites which reuse durable medical equipment and AT devices.

To donate equipment to F.R.E.E.

The information on how to do so is found here on their website –http://www.free-foundation.org/donate-equipment

The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)

The WWRC also works with the VRN and has a site where equipment is recycled.

You can donate medical equipment here also.

The website address is – https://www.wwrc.net/

Washington

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

All kinds of equipment are accepted, including bedside commodes.

WATAP works with community reuse providers to expand its programs. You can donate all kinds of durable medical equipment and AT devices.

WATAP has online equipment exchange of classified Ads.

The online exchange can be found here – https://www.myatprogram.org/Default.aspx?state=53 

To donate your equipment without using the exchange go to the list of centers on this page, and contact them – http://watap.org/device-reuse

West Virginia

The WVATS Loan and Exchange System

West Virginia Assistive Technology System runs an equipment reuse program which takes donated devices.

The Virtual Loan Library and Exchange is an online exchange system where you can also donate equipment.

The website page is – https://vll.cedwvu.org/welcome.aspx

To donate to the program and not the exchange

To donate equipment directly to the program you can contact them here –  http://wvats.cedwvu.org/contact-us/

WSVATS also contracts with two existing reutilization programs  –

Ark of Mid Ohio Valley which have thrift shops where you can donate equipment – http://thearcmov.org/wp/thrift-shops/

North West Virginia Center for Independent Living which offers support and distributes equipment.

Wisconsin

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The Great Lakes Loan Closets for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

The loan closets have durable medical equipment – but each one may have its own particular eligibility requirements and loan period.

There is a link on the home page of the website to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org

WisTech supports two statewide device reutilization programs

The Durable Medical Equipment Program

This is run by the Bureau of Correctional Enterprises. The refurbished DME is then listed online on the websitewww.wisconsin4all.com

Use the link to register on the exchange, and you will be able to donate your equipment to someone there.

Wisconsin DNR – Department of Natural Resources

The DNR recommends these two organizations in Wisconsin for donations of DME –

H.E.L.P. Lending Closet – https://www.goodnewswi.com/get-involved/medical-lending-closet/

IndependenceFirst Inc. – https://www.independencefirst.org/home/

If you wish to donate to these organizations, use their contact info.

Wyoming

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

The WATR has a reuse program that enables individuals to exchange online, sell and recycle gently used equipment – the web page address is – www.wy.at4all.com

To donate directly to the WATR and not use the exchange, you need to fill out a Donated Device Form here – http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/reuse/donate.html

Locations near you which may accept a donated bedside commode

Any of these places in your neighborhood may accept the donation of a bedside commode, or any other durable medical equipment –

 

  • Local Hospitals –
  • Emergency Rooms
  • Private Clinics
  • Thrift Stores
  • Senior Centers or Elderly Day Care Centers
  • Veterans Group Homes
  • Retirement Homes
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Nursing Homes

You can try sites like Craigs List

You can offer to give the equipment and charge just for the shipping.

Don’t offer to let people come and pick it up, as there are people who may take advantage, especially if you are caring for an elderly person.

When doing an online posting, you should create a throwaway email address, as you don’t want to get inundated with spam emails – so don’t use your regular private email for this.

Sites where you give stuff away –

  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Freecycle

Other organizations who may know where you can donate equipment

Here are a few more organizations where you might be able to get ideas of where you may be able to donate your bedside commode –

Area Agency On Aging

Area Agencies on Aging are deeply involved with  local community groups,  caregivers and the elderly, so they of all the groups who will be happy to take your donation.

To find your local Area Agency on Aging you can use their locator tool – click here to do so.

Social Services

Your local social services may know of any programs that are accepting donations of durable medical equipment.

Churches

Your local church should be appraised of projects in the community and which are accepting donations of durable medical equipment.

Local Town Hall or Chamber of Commerce

Your local Town Hall, or Chamber of Commerce, should be able to tell you about local charities and community groups which run programs to refurbish durable medical equipment, and then distribute it in the community.

Your equipment wasn’t accepted – Why ?

Only offer your equipment if it is in a reasonable condition, or “gently used”, as most of the groups describe it. 

On the person to person exchanges, you may find it possible to donate older and more worn equipment, but some ask to check the equipment first.

Some places, that you offer equipment to, may turn it down because they don’t have the equipment, or the protocols, to sanitize it.

A company cannot just reuse medical equipment, or give it away or sell it, if it has not been properly treated.

The nonprofit organizations listed here all have the correct equipment and expertise to do so.

Tax deductions on donations

Keep the receipt for any donations for equipment that you make to any charities. 

If you would like to get a tax deduction for your donation, the IRS will require a receipt for the item.

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