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Where To Donate A Raised Toilet Seat ?

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If you no longer need a raised toilet, if it’s in pretty good condition, why not consider donating it so that others may benefit from it ? There are many organizations who work with people who do not have the means to purchase these items.

Organizations which take donations of “gently used” raised toilet seats include – 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.

Donating used medical equipment to Assistive Technology Programs and other organizations working on a statewide level

 

Let’s kick off with organizations which work on a statewide level and accept donations of raised toilet seats and other durable medical equipment.

Assistive Technology Programs (AT Programs) are given a federal grant to increase access in a state, to what are called assistive technologies, and this includes most durable medical equipment.

Find your state in the list below, and you will see if the Assistive Technology Programs, and other organizations, working across your state to provide durable medical equipment to those in need.

Many states have organizations which work hand-in-hand with the state run Assistive Technology Programs, to provide equipment for people in need who can’t afford to pay high prices, or even to pay at all.

Many nonprofit organizations work with the Assistive Technology Programs to refurbish equipment.

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

 

Click on your state to see who accepts equipment donations  statewide

Alabama

 

Alabama Assistive Technology Resource (STAR)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program

STAR supports five equipment re-utilization 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)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program

This is a nonprofit organization which maintains the Alaska Assistive Technology Trading Post or AK Trading Post, an equipment exchange and reuse program with loans, giveaways and sales. They also do demonstrations of assistive technology devices.

You can call about the equipment exchange and donating  on  907 563-2599

Their website is here – https://www.atlaak.org/
 
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Alaska Center for Children and Adults ACCA

This is a nonprofit organization which helps individuals with disabilities.

Runs a loan closet which has “adaptive mobility equipment”. So obviously they don’t take raised toilet seats, but you may have something they do take to donate.

For information on how to donate, call 456-4003.

The website page for the ACC loan closet is here – http://alaskacenter.org/loan-closet/
 
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Access Alaska  – Loan Closet

Access Alaska is a nonprofit which provides help to people with disabilities

You can donate raised toilet seats and other equipment to the Alaska Loan Closet – https://www.accessalaska.org/dme-loan-closet

Arizona

 

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) 

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

AzTAP runs three programs which give access to reusable and cheaper AT equipment –

1) The Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange (ATEX)

Individuals can buy, sell donate and exchange equipment using an online “want ads” system – the website is at this address – https://www.azatexchange.org/home.php

 

2) AT & Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Reuse Coalition

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

Their website address is – https://www.azatreuse.org/

You can simply fill out a quick form which helps you locate a participating reuse program where you can donate your equipment.

3) Open-Ended, Long Term Device Loans

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

The website page where you can find the information is here – https://aztap.org/at-reuse/open-ended-device-loans/

Arkansas

 

Increasing Capabilities Access Network (iCAN)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

iCAN has a Device Recycling Program to refurbish a wide range of equipment for donation to individuals with disabilities, and to agencies.

Equipment Exchange is a classified ad listing of used equipment for sale, exchange, or donation, by 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

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

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

The exchange can be found by going here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

Ability Tools is also partnered with reuse programs to post their available inventory on the AT Exchange. “The reuse programs accept assistive technology and medical devices, repair and sanitize them and offer them to people with disabilities for free or at low cost.”

You will find the information on the reuse centers here – http://abilitytools.org/services/reuse-programs.php

There is a list of all the centers across California where you can call and donate equipment, which is great if you don’t want to get involved in the online exchange business.

Colorado

 

The Assistive Technology Program of Colorado

The State Assistive Technology Program

The web page is here – https://www.ucdenver.edu/centers/center-for-inclusive-design-and-engineering/community-engagement/colorado-assistive-technology-act-program

To find out about donating equipment, call – 303 315 1280

For those looking for equipment, the program runs a reuse website called  ATFinder.org, but it is currently under reorganization, so it is not accessible at the time of writing.

The AT Finder service is mentioned here – https://www.ucdenver.edu/centers/center-for-inclusive-design-and-engineering/community-engagement/colorado-assistive-technology-act-program/tech-act-services-during-covid-19

Connecticut

 

Connecticut Tech Act Project

This is the state Assistive Technology Program.

CCTAP offers refurbished equipment through their community partner agencies –

1) New England Assistive Technology  (NEAT) Center at Oakhill.

If you wish to donate equipment, visit this website page to find out all about it – https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/equipment-to-donate/

The equipment they accept changes, so at my time of writing they do not take raised toilet seats, but when you check they may do.

 

2) Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging also accepts donations for the western region of Connecticut – call 203-757-5449.

Website  – https://wcaaa.org/programs/assistive-technology-center

3) Eastern CT Assistive Technology Center also accepts donations of lightly used equipment – call 860 423 4534

Website – https://wrccct.org/eastern-ct-assistive-technology-center/

 

4) Access Independence – also has an assistive technology program which you can contact – 203 378 6977

Website – https://accessinct.org/services/core-services/

Delaware

 

Delaware Assistive Technologies Initiative (DATI)

This is the state Assistive Technology Program.

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

This is the website address for the AT Exchange – http://www.dati.org/v3/home.php
 

Florida

 

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technologies (FAST)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

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

You can find the Florida AT Exchange website pagehttps://faast.org/listings/,  where Florida residents can post equipment they wish to give away, or equally where they may ask if anyone has a piece of equipment.

Georgia

 

Tools for life

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

The lending libraries accept donations of durable medical equipment.

The website has huge resources, but is a nightmare to navigate, so here are the contacts for their loan closet network.

Tools for Life runs lending libraries within their Assistive Technologies Resource Centers –

1) Disability Connections

Phone – 478 741 1425

Website – https://www.disabilityconnections.com/

 

2) Tools for Life AT Solutions Lab @ Georgia Tech

Phone – 404 894 0541

Website – https://gatfl.gatech.edu/tfl.php

 

3) Walton Options for Independent Living

Phone – 706 724 6262

Website – https://www.waltonoptions.org/

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Friends of disabled adults and children (FODAC)

 

As well as being an agency for outreach for Tools for Life, FODAC is a non-profit organization providing low cost, or free, gently used durable medical equipment to those in need.

You can donate raised toilet seats and other durable medical equipment which their teams will refurbish, and get it out to people who need it.

You can find their donation page on their website – https://www.fodac.org/dropoff

 

Hawaii

 

Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

There is an Assistive Technology Exchange which is online, and you just  contact them if you wish to participate,  by donating used equipment for others.

The website page for the exchange is – https://www.atrc.org/assistive-technology-exchange 

Idaho

 

The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

The website – https://idahoat.org/

The program has lending libraries to which you can donate, and an online AT Exchange, on which is for –

  • equipment redistribution
  • equipment loans
  • lending library items
  • selling, donating, no longer needed items

The lending of equipment is dealt with through the exchange, as well as individuals selling and donating.

Idaho AT4All Equipment Exchange

You can join if you live in Idaho, and then put up a post on the exchange with the equipment you wish to donate.

You can get to the equipment exchange page on their website  at  –  https://idahoat.org/get-AT/idaho-at4all

Illinois

 

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (iATP)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

The IATP has a device recycling service, which distributes the items to those in need.

The main website address in here –  https://iltech.org/

The website page on donating equipment is here –

You can donate items, directly to the Reuse program by dropping them off –

but you need to call in advance – 217 522 7985

The website page on donating equipment is here – https://iltech.org/how-we-help/device-recycling/

Or you can use the Assistive Technology Exchange webpage, where you can list your item that you wish to donate and deal directly person-to-person on the exchange, with someone who needs that item.

You can buy, sell or donate on the Exchange.

The webpage is here – https://exchange.iltech.org/Home.aspx

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Great Lakes Loan Closets

 

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

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org/

Indiana

 

Easterseals Crossroads INDATA Project

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

The INDATA Project is run by the Easterseals Crossroads for the State of Indiana.

The website is page for donating items – device re-utilization – is here – https://www.eastersealstech.com/our-services/device-re-utilization/

To donate an item, you drop it off by appointment, or arrange a pickup, call 317 466 2013

There is a vast array of items that you can donate, anything from visual aids to hospital beds can be found in the device loan library.

To borrow devices, there is an online device loan library which users from Indiana can join, and then use, to borrow equipment – there is a video also, which explains how to join, and how to use the library.

The website page for the device loan library, along with the video, is here – https://www.eastersealstech.com/device_loan_library/

Great Lakes Loan Closets

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

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipment –https://loanclosets.org/

Iowa

 

Eastern Seals Equipment Loan

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

This is a program that accepts donations of durable medical equipment, and 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 visit the Lending Library, please call 1-866-866-8782 or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or email atinfo@eastersealsia.org.” taken from their website.

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

 

Kansas

 

Assistive Technology Kansas – Kansas Equipment Exchange

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

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

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

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

You can read about all their 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)

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

Latan operates the AT Marketplace Louisiana’s Assistive Technology Classifieds, which offers devices for low, or no cost.

There is a large range of types of durable medical equipment – raised toilet seats would fall under the category of daily living. You can go and browse what there is right now.

“Clients have the option of donating assistive technology devices to LATAN to be posted on the AT Marketplace, or keeping the devices in their possession and listing it for free or for sale. Assistive Technology listed to the AT Marketplace for sale will be listed at a reduced cost. All assistive technology listed or to be listed on the AT Marketplace for availability must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Daily Living
  • Environmental Adaptations
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Mobility
  • Computer Access
  • Learning, Speech/Communication
  • Transportation (modified vehicles)”

The text above is taken directly from the AT Marketplace page.

The website page for the AT Marketplace is here – https://www.latan.org/at-marketplace/

I have to note that their website was refreshingly easy to use, as I have checked every single site and program that I am listing here, and finding how you donate equipment on many sites has had me pulling my hair out, but not here, it was easy.

Maine

 

Main Cite

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

The Main Cite website page for Equipment Reuse and donating equipment is here –

https://mainecite.org/equipment-reuse/

You can donate a huge range of equipment.

Main Cite works with a number of partners to loan devices, and you can see them all here on the website page “Devices For Loan”, here – https://mainecite.org/devices-for-loan/

As you will see, each company posts devices which are available for loan in Maine on the – https://at4maine.org/ 

Massachusetts

 

MassMATCH – Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers Hands

This is the State Assistive Technology Program.

One program you can donate to is Requipment, which is a durable medical equipment re-use program. They have a huge inventory, and instructions on how to donate equipment to them – the MassMatch website has a page for that here – https://dmerequipment.org/

If you are looking for a list of local groups you can donate to, then there is a very long list of groups in Massachusetts on this page of the MassMatch website – https://www.massmatch.org/find_at/borrow.php#Device_Loan_and_Reuse_Programs

 

MassMatch has an online equipment exchange listing where you can post equipment for donation, which you can find here

– https://getatstuff.massmatch.org

Michigan

 

Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MTAP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

MTAP is incredibly lucky to have the Great Lakes Loan Closets in Michigan, and it advises individuals to get all their short term loans of medical equipment there.

Website – https://mdrc.host5.nicholascreative.com/assistive-tech-program/

Michigan has an AT Exchange – ATXChange – here – https://atxchange.org

 

Great Lakes Loan Closets

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

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You can take the round about way of getting to the loan closets using the MATP website, or just click the following link if you wish to donate equipment to them – https://loanclosets.org/michigan

You will see a list of counties, and each one has a bunch of loan closets you can donate to.

 

Minnesota

Minnesota STAR Program

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The website page for STAR is here – https://mn.gov/admin/star/

Minnesota Star has a new online device library – MN.AT4all.com

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Goodwill-Easter Seals

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which accepts donations of a vast array of different kinds of equipment.

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

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

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HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of raised toilet seats and a lot of other equipment as well.

HERO is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

Their page about donations on the website is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

This is a PDF about what they do and 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)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

You can find the website here – http://www.msprojectstart.org/

You can donate lightly used durable medical equipment to START through their Device Reutilization Program –  you have to contact them to find out more and their contact page is here – http://www.msprojectstart.org/contact-us

There are three main branches to the program for assistive technology and durable medical equipment –

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

There is a short term loan testing library, but they don’t say if this is part of the online database or not, but it is there, so you can test before you buy low cost recycled equipment. The address for this is – https://www.myatprogram.org/SearchInventory.aspx

 

Device Reutilization and Computer Refurbishment Program – in-home placements of refurbished computers for people with disabilities.

You need to contact them through this page on their website — http://www.msprojectstart.org/contact-us

Mississippi Re-Tech Project – this program works to educate and increase access to assistive technology in poorer areas of Mississippi.

The program partners with churches, local health departments and durable medical equipment companies.

The goal is to increase access to equipment.

Missouri

 

MoAT Missouri Assistive Technology Program

The State Assistive Technology Program.

This is an Assistive Technology Program which accepts donations of equipment.

This is the homepage of the website – https://at.mo.gov

The main points are  –

1) Individuals and agencies can borrow equipment through the ETC Program, Equipment Technology Consortiumhttps://at.mo.gov/device-loan/

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

2) MoAT works with 9 Missouri “Recycling Locations” to provide the equipment for their programs, and they also invite donations directly to their centers –

a) Accessibility Medical

Recycled Durable Medical Equipment Program – Assistive Technology Center

311 Delaware St. # 102 A
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone – 816 822 7432

Website: https://www.accessibilitymedical.org/

b) Paraquad

Paraquad Assistive Technology Reutilization Program

5240 Oakland Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Phone –
314 289 4338

Website: https://www.paquad.com/

c) Living Independently for Everyone (LIFE)

LIFE AT Reutilization Program

725 E. Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
Phone –
573 756-4314

Website: https://www.lifecilmo.org/

d) Rural Advocates for Independent Living (RAIL)

1100 S. Jamison
Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone – 800 681 7245

Website: http://www.railkv.org/

e) Services for Independent Living (SIL)

SIL Assistive Technology Reutilization Program

1401 Hathman Place
Columbia, MO 65201

Phone – 573 874 1646

Website: https://www.silcolumbia.org/get-help

 

f) SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI)

SADI Assistive Technology Reutilization Program

1913 Rusmar Avenue
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Phone – 573 651 6464

Website: https://sadi.org/programs/assistive-technology-programs/

g) empower:abilities

empower:abilities Assistive Technology Reutilization Program

2864 S. Nettleton
Springfield, MO 65807

Phone – 417  886 1188

Website: https://empowerabilities.org/actt-assistive-tech/

h) The Independent Living Center

The Independent Living Assistive Technology Reutilization Program

2639 E. 34th Street
Joplin, MO 64804
Phone – 417 659 8086

Website: https://ilcenter.org/aboveandbeyond

 

i) On My Own

428 E Highland Ave,
Nevada, MO 64772
Phone – 417 667 7007

Website: https://omoinc.org/

j) NEILS (Northeast Independent Living)

4500 Paris Gravel Rd.

Hannibal, MO 63401

Phone – 573 221 8282

 Website: https://www.neils.org/

 

3) The program has an equipment exchange called the “Swap ‘n Shop” Exchange Program.

The website page if you wish to learn about, and use their “Swap ‘n Shop” Exchange Program – https://at.mo.gov/recycle-reuse/swap-n-shop-disclaimer.html

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

It is full of equipment, with lots of good photos of the equipment.

There are 11 categories of equipment, and it is really clearly laid out.

To offer your donation here, you need to send three photos by email – info@mo-at.0rg

Montana

 

MonTech

The State Assistive Technology Program.

Community Buy-Sell – “Sell, give away, exchange, or list a need for Assistive Technology or Adaptive Equipment free of charge”

Do it all here – https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/community-buy-sell/

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Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain

Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which accepts donations of a vast array of different kinds of equipment.

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

You can locate a donation point on this page of their website – https://www.esgw.org/locations-hours

 

Nebraska

 

Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The main website for the ATP – https://atp.nebraska.gov/

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

 

The online exchange can be found by going here – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/equipment and then clicking on the link under Online, which says at4all.com. You will find listings for –

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

 

ATP also has a ReUse Network and you can just contact them to donate equipment – you can find that on this page of their website – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/reuse-network

They have a list of partners in their program, and it is done by area.

Nevada

 

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

NATC supports an extensive equipment-recycling program called CARE Chest, where donated equipment is refurbished and offered for use.

The CARE Chest website is here – https://carechest.org/site/

For donating, go here – https://carechest.org/site/donate-2/supply-donations/

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

New Hampshire

 

ATinNH

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The website is here – https://iod.unh.edu/areas-emphasis/assistive-technology

ATinNH has an online equipment library at – https://atinnh.at4all.com

The library has equipment for loan, demonstration and reuse.

The equipment reuse program works with four programs to help people get refurbished equipment at very low prices. The program below is one of those programs, and you can find the others here – https://iod.unh.edu/assistive-technology-new-hampshire-atinnh/services

 

Refurbished Equipment Marketplace

The REM, a non-profit organization, works with ATinNH (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 raised toilet seats, 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)

 

The State Assistive Technology Program.

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

The ATAC operates an online equipment exchange program – Back-in-Action Equipment Exchange Program, which matches people with equipment for sale or donation, with those in need.

The website takes a whole range of equipment, including durable medical equipment.

You just register with the site and post your equipment.

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

ATAC runs refurbishment of equipment through Goodwill Home Medical Equipment – a nonprofit in Ewing, New Jersey.

Find out about donating go here – https://goodwillnj.org/material-donations/

To find a donation center near you, go here – https://goodwillnj.org/goodwill-donation-site/

ATAC has a network of loan services for devices – this is to test devices before you buy or to replace a device being fixed.

Contact the Advancing Opportunities Rehabilitation Technology Services Dept.

Here’s the website – http://www.assistivetechnologycenter.org/

New Mexico

 

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)

 

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The website for NMTAP is here – http://www.tap.gcd.state.nm.us

 

You can donate medical equipment to the reuse program Back in Use, which is run for them by the nonprofit organization, Adelante Development Center.

To donate equipment, go to this page here – https://goadelante.org/disability-services/assistive-equipment-biu/backinuse-donate-equipment/

New York

 

The New York State Assistive Technology (TRAID) Program.

The State Assistive Technology Program.

TRAID-IN is a service in New York State which connects people who need equipment with those who want to donate or sell.

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

 

North Carolina

 

North Carolina Assistive technology Program (NCATP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

NCATP operates its device loans through 9 centers across North Carolina, so you can contact the centers if you wish to donate.

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

North Dakota

 

North Dakota Assistive

The State Assistive Technology Program.

To quote the site here – https://ndassistive.org/equipment-reuse-program/

“North Dakota Assistive provides an online database called ND AT4ALL where anyone can list assistive technology equipment for sale, rent, trade, or donation.”

You can also create want ads for items you are looking for.

You can read about it at the link above, and you can visit the ND AT4 ALL here – https://nd.at4all.com

North Dakota Assistive also uses NDAT4ALL to list all of its equipment available for long term and short term loans.

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HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of raised toilet seats and a lot of other equipment as well.

HERO is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

Their page about donations on the website is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

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

Ohio

 

AT Ohio – Assistive Technology of Ohio

The State Assistive Technology Program

The device re-utilization page of their website is here – https://atohio.org/additional-programs/device-refurbishing-and-reutilization-program

AT Ohio offers an equipment re-utilization program through their partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio / ECRN+.

Donations of equipment are accepted and redistributed for free to those with disabilities.

You can contact them by calling – 614 389 3880

Or you can email them by using the email form on this page of their website  – https://ymcacolumbus.org/locations/ecrn/email

Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

The State Assistive Technology Program.

Oklahoma Able Tech is an Assistive Technology Program.

The program does refurbishment of gently used equipment and has a device equipment exchange which you can sign up to.

This is the main website page – https://www.okabletech.org

You can donate equipment for which you will need to submit an online donation form which you will find on the website here – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/apply-for-dme/donate

On the above “donate” page, there are eight Drop-Off Locations where the equipment can be taken, but they will also do pick-ups as well.

The Equipment Exchange information is on the following website page – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/oklahoma-equipment-exchange

You will need to sign up to the exchange, and you will be able to offer the equipment that you have, and people in need will contact you directly.

Oregon

 

Oregon Statewide Assistive Technology Program

The State Assistive Technology Program.

OSAT refurbishes equipment and sells it as recycled equipment.

There is an online exchange program where you can directly deal with the current owner of a device.

To find out more, go to the following website – https://www.accesstechnologiesinc.org/about/oregon-statewide-at-program

 

Pennsylvania

 

TechOWL PA – Tech for Our Whole Lives

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The program is a part of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

The TechOWL website can be found here – https://techowlpa.org/

The TechOWL lending library for statewide device loans is here – https://myatprogram.org/home/42

One particular program, run by TechOWL, called REEP (Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership) collects, refurbishes and redistributes equipment across Pennsylvania.

You can find out about donating to the REEP program here – https://techowlpa.org/reep/

TechOWL helps to then redistribute the equipment to those who need it in Pennsylvania.

 

There are a number of Assistive Technology Resource Centers where equipment can be dropped off

Community Living and Support Services – Good Use Program – https://www.classcommunity.org/services/adult/good-use-program/

Transitional Paths to Independent Living – EquipAbility –https://www.classcommunity.org/services/adult/good-use-program/

Changing Hands – https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/changing-hands/

You can also donate equipment to TechOWL’s Partner Programs –

Reuse It – https://scalucp.org/services-available/reuse-it/

Disability Options Network – https://scalucp.org/services-available/reuse-it/

Life and Independence for Today – http://www.liftcil.org/programs/reuse.html

UMPC Life Changing Medicine – https://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/horizon/about/giving/equipment-recycling

Abilities in Motion – https://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/leap

 

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

(run by UCP of Central Pennsylvania and supported by TechOWL)

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.

Residents of Pennsylvania of all ages who have a need for equipment, but who do not have the means to get it, are eligible to participate in the Changing Hands equipment exchange program.

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)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

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

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

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

You will need to email or call them to discuss donating.

 

South Carolina

 

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

The SCATP runs the South Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange. The SC AT Exchange is a free online exchange where anyone can search for, or list, medical equipment for free or for sale.

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

If you don’t wish to use the exchange there is another service which is SC Assistive Technology Reuse, which collects gently used medical equipment and distributes it to those in need.

There is a link to a PDF about that service here.

If you want to donate equipment or to find it, but don’t want to have to go onto AT Exchange, you can call SC Assistive Technology Reuse on 803-935-5273.

South Dakota

 

DakotaLink

The State Assistive Technology Program.

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

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

South Dakota Medicaid Reuse Program

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

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

“A pilot program site has been established in Sioux Falls, SD, as a first step toward evolving into a statewide resource. For more information, contact Merrinfo@dakotalink.net or call 605-271-5074 or 866-274-2594.” 

This is a link to the pilot site brochure – https://www.dakotalink.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MERR-Brochure-20181004-1.pdf

Tennessee

 

Tennessee Technology Access Program

This is a State Assistive Technology Program.

TTAP is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Webpage – https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/ds/ttap.html

The above page is not very useful to find out about donating equipment.

You need to look up the regional Assistive Technology Centers.

The following is all conducted through regional Assistive Technology Centers –

  • Device Demonstration
  • Device Loans
  • Device Re-utilization

The Centers are –

 

1) Mid-South Access Center for Technology – Memphis

Website: http://act.memphis.edu

2) The STAR Center – Jackson

Website: http://www.star-center.org

3) Signal Centers Assistive Technology Center – Chattanooga

Website: http://www.signalcenters.org/assistive-technology-services

4) SPARK – (Formerly East Tennessee Technology Access Center) – Knoxville

Website: https://www.sparktn.org/

5) United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCP) – Device Reutilization Only – Nashville

This site is for device/equipment re-utilzation only and an Equipment Exchange.

Website: http://ucpmidtn.org/programs-and-services/equipment-exchange/

 

You can find the website page with the Centers here – https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/ds/office-locator-trc-ttap.html

The centers are on the second half of the page, and you will find their service areas, so you will know which one is yours to donate equipment to.

You will need to contact the center.

The Centers are –

 

1) Mid-South Access Center for Technology – Memphis

Website: http://act.memphis.edu

2) The STAR Center – Jackson

Website: http://www.star-center.org

3) Signal Centers Assistive Technology Center – Chattanooga

Website: http://www.signalcenters.org/assistive-technology-services

4) SPARK – (Formerly East Tennessee Technology Access Center) – Knoxville

Website: https://www.sparktn.org/

5) United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCP) – Device Reutilization Only – Nashville

This site is for device/equipment re-utilzation only and an Equipment Exchange.

Website: http://ucpmidtn.org/programs-and-services/equipment-exchange/

 

You can find the website page with the Centers here – https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/ds/office-locator-trc-ttap.html

The centers are on the second half of the page, and you will find their service areas, so you will know which one is yours to donate equipment to.

You will need to contact the center.

Texas

 

Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

TTAP partners with Project Mend in San Antonio.

Project Mend provides long term loans of refurbished medical equipment to persons with disabilities who are in financial need.

Here is the Project Mend website donations page – https://www.projectmend.org/donate/

You can call them to schedule a pickup or drop off equipment at their warehouse.
 

Utah

 

Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

You can donate equipment through the statewide device exchange – http://www.uatpat.org/classifieds/

You can also donate a device to the organization at different sites, but you need to contact them, so look at this page on their website to get the contacts – http://www.uatpat.org/device_reuse/

Vermont

 

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The State 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 State Assistive Technology Program.

The VATS have a number of different programs to ensure that the elderly and the disabled have access to assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment.

There is an AT Equipment Exchange which is called the Virginia Reuse Network (VRN) Equipment Exchange

Virginians may use the VRN Exchange to offer gently used equipment for or sale or for donation.

To offer or request 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)

As well as the VRN Exchange, the VRN also supports durable medical equipment reuse sites across the state.

The sites are to be found on this page of the website –http://www.vats.org/ATrecycling.htm

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

“The F.R.E.E. Foundation is a volunteer-led  non-profit” which works with the VRN and has a number of the reuse sites.

You can donate the 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

F.R.E.E. gives the recycled equipment to uninsured or under insured adults in Virginia.

The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)

The WWRC is another program which works with the VRN and has a site where equipment is recycled.

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

Washington

 

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

The State Assistive Technology Program.

All kinds of equipment are accepted, including raised toilet seats.

WATAP works with local community reuse providers to expand the reuse programs. You can donate all kinds of equipment.

Through the Evergreen Reuse Coalition, consumers can exchange, sell or buy gently used equipment online using WATAP’s AT Classifieds.

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

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

West Virginia

 

The WVATS Loan and Exchange System

The State Assistive Technology Program.

West Virginia Assistive Technology System operates an equipment reuse program which takes donated devices and distributes them to West Virginia residents who need them.

The Virtual Loan Library and Exchange is an online exchange system where you can look for equipment and offer equipment. The website page is – https://vll.cedwvu.org/welcome.aspx

If you wish to donate equipment directly to the program, you need to contact them using this page on their website –  http://wvats.cedwvu.org/contact-us/

WSVATS also contracts with two existing re-utilization programs Ark of Mid-Ohio Valley which have thrift shops where you can donate all kinds of goods and equipment, and with the North West Virginia Center for Independent Living.

Wisconsin

 

WisTech

The State Assistive Technology Program.

WisTech (Wisconsin’s Assistive Technology Program) supports two statewide device re-utilization programs

The web page is here – https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wistech/index.htm

Device re-utilization – items are refurbished and put on the online Exchange – a combination of items for purchase and free items – https://wisconsinat4all.com

It is not clear if private individuals can post items on here – I do not live in Wisconsin and cannot access the site, so I can’t say.

As well as being listed online, the equipment is distributed to individuals through Independent Living Centers and other nonprofits. You can also try donating to one of these centers.

To find an Independent Living Center near you, go to the following page and click on your county, and you will get all the information you require to call about donating equipment – https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disabilities/physical/ilcs-contact.htm

Otherwise, contact the WisTech program to donate your equipment  – 608 514 2513. 

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Wisconsin DNR – Department of Natural Resources

The DNR recommends the following organizations in Wisconsin for donations of DME –

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

Independence First Inc. – https://www.independencefirst.org/home/

 

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Great Lakes Loan Closets

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

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipmenthttps://loanclosets.org/

Wyoming

 

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

The State Assistive Technology Program.

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

If you wish to donate directly to the WATR and not bother with the exchange, you need to go to this page on the website and fill out a Donated Device Form http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/reuse/donate.html
 

District of Columbia

 

DC Assistive Technology Program

This is the Washington DC Assistive Technology Program.

There is a reuse and recycling program – you can call them about donations at 202 547 4747 Ext 400.

 

Website – https://www.atpdc.org/

National and International organizations which accept durable medical equipment donations

 

Donating used medical equipment to Goodwill

 

Goodwill will accept donations of used medical equipment, including raised toilet seats.

You can donate at your local Goodwill store.

Here is the web page with the store locator – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/

 
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Donating used medical equipment to the Salvation Army

 

You can donate a whole range of items to the Salvation Army, and medical equipment is included.

To donate your raised toilet seat, or anything else, go to this page on their website  – https://satruck.org/

Donating used medical equipment to the Easterseals

 

There are Easterseals affiliates all over the US, and you give donate equipment to most of them.

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

To find your local affiliate, you can –

  • use the map and click on a star,
  • use the locator
  • or just go down the list of affiliates and click on the website of the one in your area

 
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Donating used medical equipment to The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

 

The donated equipment goes  to underserved communities.

Their website page about donating is here – http://www.pqmd.org/pillars/donation-guidelines/

 

Donating used medical equipment to Project Cure

 

The provides large amounts of donated medical equipment to the developing world, and they take donations from individuals.

Their website page about donating is here – https://projectcure.org/donate-supplies-equipment

Donating used medical equipment to REMEDY – Recovered Medical Equipment for the developing World

 

REMEDY supplies medical equipment and supplies to global aid to respond to those in need.

They accept donations of durable medical equipment.

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

 
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Donating used medical equipment to Advocates for World Health

 

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

Donations of medical equipment are accepted.

Visit this page to find out about donating durable medical equipment – https://awhealth.org/donate-medical-equipment/

Donating used medical equipment to Esperenca

 

Esperenca works in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Phoenix, and delivers the donations to under-sourced hospitals, clinics and community health centers.

Individuals can donate equipment and medical supplies.

To donate, visit this web address – 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

 
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Donating used medical equipment to Med Share

 

MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization which delivers surplus medical equipment to communities in need around the world.

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

You can check this on the MedShare website – https://www.medshare.org/

 
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Donating used medical equipment to HERO Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

 

Hero collects, refurbishes and redistributes medical equipment – as well as working through their retail store, they send equipment around the world with medical mission teams.

Donations can be dropped off at their store in Fargo, ND.

You can find out more here on their website – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Donating used medical equipment to MedWish

 

MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.”

Source: https://www.medwish.org/

MedWish accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals.

The donations are dropped off at the MedWish warehouse.

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

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Donating used medical equipment to Global Links

 

Global Links recuperates surplus medical equipment and sends it to under-sourced hospitals abroad.

Global Links accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals.

To find out how to give your donation, look at this website page – https://www.globallinks.org/our-work/programs/medical-surplus-recovery-program/individual-and-community-surplus-recovery

Donating used medical equipment to Global Mobility USA

 

Global Mobility USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization who are helping people with disabilities around the world who need mobility equipment.

They accept donations of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, ramps, and physical and occupational therapy equipment.

You can contact them at this web address – http://www.globalmobilityusa.org/equipment-and-in-kind-donations

Again, I know this is not for raised toilet seats, but you may have mobility aids you might like to donate.

 

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Donating used medical equipment to Medical Bridges

 

Medical Bridges sends medical equipment to underserved communities around the world.

You can donate all kinds of Medical supplies and equipment.

This is the donation page on their website – http://www.medicalbridges.org/donate/medical-supplies-and-equipment

Sites in your neighborhood which may accept a donated raised toilet seat

 

Pop into a few of these places in your neighborhood as they all have, and need raised toilet seats –

 

  • Local Hospitals – they will need and use them for patients after surgeries
  • Emergency rooms
  • Private clinics
  • Thrift stores will always sell one
  • Look in the yellow pages for your local Senior Centers or Elderly Day Care Centers and give them a call
  • Veterans Group homes in your area may be interested
  • Look up the local Retirement Homes in the yellow pages and give them a call

 

Online listing sites where you can donate medical equipment near you

Posting donations on online listings and platforms, allows you to make the area to which you are offering your bedside commode as local as you want.

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.

 

I have written short illustrated guides on how to donate on each of the following platforms –

Craigslist.com – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Craigslist ? An Illustrated Guide”

UsedHME.com – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On UsedHME ? An illustrated Guide”

Facebook.com – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? An Illustrated Guide”

Freecycle.org – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me on Freecycle.org ? A Very Quick Illustrated Guide”

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

OfferUp.com – I haven’t written an article on this, as there is a very good video showing how to use OfferUp, see below.

Organizations near you who may know where to donate equipment

 

If you haven’t had any luck in finding places that may be able to take your raised toilet seat, or any other durable medical equipment for that matter, here are a few more organizations who might be able to give you ideas of where you may be able to donate it –

 

Area Agency On Aging

 

Area Agencies on Aging are deeply involved with  local community groups who work with caregivers and the elderly, so they may very well be able to find you groups who will be happy to take your donation.

“Area Agency on Aging” or AAA is a generic term used across the US, so don’t be surprised if that is not the name of the group in your area. These are non-profit agencies which are chosen by the state to focus on the requirements of the elderly at a local level.

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

Social Services

 

Call your local social services and ask if they know of any programs that are accepting donations of durable medical equipment.

 

Churches

 

Your local church should be appraised of all the projects going on in the community which are helping the less fortunate, and 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 furnish you with a list of nonprofit organizations, charities and community groups who run programs which refurbish durable medical equipment and then distribute it in the community.

 

Reasons why your equipment may not be accepted

 

Many companies are not equipped to handle used equipment which has been used for a medical reason, and which may need disinfecting and washing so that it doesn’t spread infection, and as a result they will not want to accept your used equipment, so don’t be offended, it’s just logistics.

The second issue with “used” medical equipment is the problem with defects and warranties, and sometimes companies don’t want to get involved in handling equipment which will naturally have lost its warranty.
 

Tax deductions on donations

Don’t forget to keep the receipt for any donations for equipment that you make to any charities if you are hoping to get a tax deduction, as the IRS will require a receipt for the item.

 

 

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