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Where To Donate Used Medical Equipment in San Diego

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If you want to donate used medical equipment in San Diego, I’ve made a list of all the organizations, and their locations, to which you can donate.

You can donate medical equipment in San Diego to –

 

  • the state Assistive Technology Program
  • reuse centers
  • recycling centers
  • loan closets and lending libraries for medical equipment
  • private nonprofits helping the disabled in their communities
  • Salvation army stores
  • Rotary Clubs
  • humanitarian organizations
  • nursing homes
  • veterans centers
  • senior centers
  • on craigslist
  • on usedHME

California Assistive Technology Program

 

Ability Tools – the California Assistive Technology Program

Ability tools is a great option for donating medical equipment if you use their online equipment exchange.

Ability Tools has an online Assistive Technology Exchange where you can post AT devices, including durable medical equipment, for donation, or for sale – it’s free, and any state resident can sign up.

The Assistive Technology Exchange website can be found by going to – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

Ability Tools is partnered with reuse programs who post their available inventory on the Assistive Technology Exchange website as well as private individuals.

Some of the Reuse Programs are part of a coalition known as the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

You can find the demonstration centers and lending libraries for devices on the Ability Tools website here.

Reuse centers in and near San Diego

 

Physical Therapy For All

This is the only Reuse center in the San Diego area which is part of the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

The majority of organization’s rehabilitation equipment is donated to nonprofit organizations in Orange County and San Diego County.

Much of this equipment is reused and passed along to patients who can’t afford to buy their own.

 

The equipment includes –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • crutches
  • canes
  • walkers
  • braces

 

To donate you need to contact the organization on the number below.

Address:
31022 Via Mirador
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Phone: 949 735 9955

Website: https://www.ptforall.org

 

UCP of San Diego County

UCP – United Cerebral Palsy – recycles gently used durable medical equipment to those in need of this equipment for free. 

You can donate durable medical equipment to the UCP.

 

The equipment you can donate includes –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • scooters
  • strollers
  • canes
  • standers
  • bath chairs 
  • gait trainers

 

If you would like to donate equipment call the UCP on 858 571 7803 ext. 115

Website: https://www.ucpsd.org/programs/equipment_recycling.html

Salvation Army donation drop-off locations in San Diego

The Salvation Army, accepts donations including some home medical equipment, but only so long as it is in good condition.

To donate home medical equipment you will want to go to this page on their website  – https://satruck.org/

Below is a screenshot of that page.

Enter your zip code in the box below the service you require, and you will see a map with all the locations, addresses and contact links, as you can see in the screenshot below.

All you have to do is to pick a site from the map, or the list, and contact them about dropping your donation off.

Other organizations and thrift stores which accept donations of equipment in the San Diego Area

Amvets Thrift Stores

The money raised at Amvets thrift stores through the sales of donated equipment goes to veterans, veterans’ families and communities in California.

 

On the store’s facebook page you can see for sale –

 

  • adjustable/hospital bed
  • bedside commode
  • rollators
  • walkers
  • patient lift

 

Here is the facebook page  –

https://www.facebook.com/TeamAmvetsHilltop/

Address: 

Amvets Thrift Store

999 Cardiff St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 651 1650

 

Team Amvets Thrift Store

3441 Sutherland St #2031,

San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619 297 4213

DAV Thrift Stores

D.A.V.  is a nonprofit organization which runs 4 thrift stores raising money to help support disabled American veterans.

 

D.A.V. accepts donations of –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • shower chairs
  • commodes
  • hospital beds
  • canes
  • transport bench
  • crutches

 

Website: https://www.davveteransthriftstores.com/

Phone: 800 894 2486

 

Addresses –

Spring Valley

1049 Elkelton Blvd,

Spring Valley, CA 91977

 

Chula Vista

L Street & Broadway E of I-5 881 Broadway,

Chula Vista, CA 91911

 

El Cajon

1130 E Main St,

El Cajon, CA 92021

 

Oceanside

Cassidy Street West of I-5 1624,

South Coast Hwy,

Oceanside, CA 92054

Deseret Industries Thrift Store

Deseret Industries thrift stores accept donations of “gently used” and clean home medical equipment.

Address:

1773 Broadway,

Chula Vista, CA 991911

Phone: 619 423 2317

Father Joes’s Villages

Father Joe’s Villages have a list of what not to donate, and used medical equipment is not on it, so I think it is safe to say that they accept used medical equipment.

There are 3 stores/donation centers plus a daily auction/donation center –

Daily Auctions and donation center –

815 33rd St,

San Diego, CA 92102

 

Imperial Beach –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

1555 Palm Ave, Suite F

San Diego, CA 92154

 

El Cajon –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

2325 Fletcher Parkway,

El Cajon, CA 92020

 

Hillcrest –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

1457 University Ave,

San Diego, CA 92103

 

Website: https://my.neighbor.org/take-action/donate-goods/

Mission Outreach Thrift Store

You can donate used medical equipment which is gently used and clean.

 

You can donate includes items such as –

 

  • canes
  • crutches
  • walkers

 

Address:

3186 Adams Ave,

San Diego, CA 92116

Phone: 619 528 0026

Loan closets which accept donations of medical equipment in San Diego

 

Cecily’s Closet – San Diego

“Cecily’s Closet” partners with The UCP organization of San Diego to make used medical equipment available to those who need it.

The following passage is from the Cecily’s Closet website –

“Cecily’s Closet encourages parents to make donated equipment available to families in need directly through the Cecily’s Closet website. The process is simple:

1) Send us a picture and a description of your item to info@cecilyscloset.org or post directly to the Cecily’s Closet page on Facebook.

2) Cecily’s Closet will post the item to FaceBook.

3) Once we find an interested party we ask the interested party to pick it up directly from the donor.  This enables us to scale and recycle more equipment! “

Websitehttps://www.cecilyscloset.org/equipment-recycling.html

Rotary Clubs in San Diego

 

Rotary Clubs do an enormous amount of charitable work and are often looking for donations of all sorts, so they are worth a try – and there are usually quite. a few clubs in larger cities like San Diego.

To find a Rotary Club near you complete the steps below –

Step 1/

Click on the link below to the Rotary Club locator tool – 

https://my.rotary.org/en/club-search?only_rotaract=1

The web page with the search tool will open.

Step 2/

In the text fields enter –

 

  1. The location – here I have entered “San Diego”
  2. Club Type – Select “Rotary Club”

 

Copy what I have done in this image below.

Step 3/

Next, hit on the blue “search” button and list of all the Rotary Clubs in San Diego will come up, just as in the screen shot below.

 

Step/ 4

Click on any of the names of the clubs in blue, which I have indicated in the image below with red arrows.

 

The club you have chosen will come up will all the available information – usually they will have a telephone contact number, and an email contact, but not always.

If they don’t have contact numbers etc, they should say when and where they meet, so you can go get further information if you really want to.

Typically there is a mailing address, as well as a website if you are lucky.

Nursing homes in the San Diego area

 

Nursing home always need medical equipment, and will often accept gently used medical equipment – if they don’t it is probably because they have to have strict rules about sanitizing used equipment, and they may not be able to do that themselves.

I would call first and find out what equipment, if any they are accepting – especially if you are reading this during the Covid-19 pandemic !

San Diego

 

Abby Gardens Healthcare Center

8060 Frost St,

San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: 858 278 4750

 

Arroyo Vista Nursing Center

3022 45th St,

San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: 619 283 5855

 

Award Manor

1966 Paradise St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 263 9075

 

Balboa Nursing & Rehab Center

3520 Fourth Ave,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 291 5270

 

Broadway Home

2445 Broadway,

San Diego, CA 92102

Phone: 619 232 7406

Calle De Vida Rcfe

4745 Calle De Vida,

San Diego, CA 92124

Phone: 858 569 0737

 

Carmel Mountain Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

11895 Avenue of Industry,

San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858 673 0101

 

Casa de las Campanas-San Diego

18655 W Bernardo Dr,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858 592 1870

 

Dunn’s Rest Haven

5217 Castana St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 263 4661

 

GCWF Retirement Trust B

450 A St,

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619 234 2855

 

Golden Hill Subacute and Rehabilitation Center

1201 34th St,

San Diego, CA 92102

Phone: 619 232 2946

Hillcrest Heights Healthcare Center

4033 Sixth Ave,

San Diego, CA 9210

Phone: 619 297 4086

 

Interim HealthCare The Gift of Hospice

5625 Ruffin Rd Suite 110,

San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: 858 737 7482

 

Jacob Healthcare Center

4075 54th St,

San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: 619 582 5168

 

Kearny Mesa Convalescent and Nursing Home

7675 Family Cir,

San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858 278 8121

 

Mission Hills Post Acute Care

3680 Reynard Way,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 297 4484

 

Mission Homes

2996 Mission Village Dr,

San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: 858 569 8867

 

Premier Care, Inc.

2921 Murat St,

San Diego, CA 92117

Phone: 619 723 5933

 

The Remington Club

16925 Hierba Dr,

San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858 673 6340

 

Sarah G. Nichols, RN

34800 Bob Wilson Drive,

San Diego, CA 92134

Phone: 619 532 5815

 

St. Paul’s Manor

2635 2nd Ave,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 239 2097

St. Paul’s Senior Day Program

328 Maple St,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 239 6900

 

St. Paul’s Senior Services Nursing and Rehabilitation

235 Nutmeg St,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 239 8687

 

Summer House at Wesley Palms

2404 Loring St,

San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: 858 274 4110

 

The Pavilion at Ocean Point

3202 Duke St,

San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619 224 4141

 

The Shores Post-Acute

2828 Meadow Lark Dr,

San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: 858 277 6460

 

University Care Center

5602 University Ave,

San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: 619 583 1993

 

Vi at La Jolla Village

8515 Costa Verde Blvd,

San Diego, CA 92122

Phone: 888 674 -4036

 

Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center

15720 Bernardo Center Dr

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858 672 3900

 

Wesley Palms San Diego Retirement Community

2404 Loring St,

San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: 858 274 4110

Chula Vista

 

Birch Patrick Convalescent Center

751 Medical Center Ct,

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Phone: 619 502 3540

 

Fredericka Manor Care Center

111 3rd Ave,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619 427 2777

 

Fredericka Manor Retirement Community in Chula Vista

183 3rd Ave,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

 

Phone: 800 310 4696

South Bay Post Acute Care

553 F St,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619 426 8611

 

Coronado

 

Villa Coronado Skilled Nursing Facility

233 Prospect Pl,

Coronado, CA 92118

Phone: 619 522 3900

 

El Cajon

 

Cottonwood Canyon Healthcare Center

1391 E Madison Ave,

El Cajon, CA 92021

Phone: 619 444 1107

 

Magnolia Post Acute Care

635 S Magnolia Ave,

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619 442 8826

 

Parkside Health and Wellness Center

444 W Lexington Ave,

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619 442 7744

 

San Diego Post-Acute Center

1201 S Orange Ave,

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619 441 1988

 

Somerset Subacute and Care

151 Claydelle Ave,

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619 442 0245

 

Villa Las Palmas Healthcare Center

622 S Anza St,

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619 442 0544

Encinitas

 

Aviara Healthcare Center

944 Regal Rd,

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760 944 0

San Diego Hebrew Homes

211 Saxony Rd,

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760 632 0081

 

Escondido

 

Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital

1025 W 2nd Ave,

Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760 745 1842

 

La Jolla

 

The Cove at La Jolla

7160 Fay Ave,

La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858 459 4361

 

La Jolla Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

2552 Torrey Pines Rd,

La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858 453 5810

 

The Springs at Pacific Regent La Jolla

3884 Nobel Dr,

San Diego, CA 92122

Phone: 858 625 8700

La Mesa

Arbor Hills Nursing Center

7800 Parkway Dr,

La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619 460 2330

 

Community Care Center

8665 La Mesa Blvd,

La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619 465 0702

 

Country Manor La Mesa Healthcare Center

5696 Lake Murray Blvd,

La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619 460 7871

 

Grossmont Post Acute Care

8787 Center Dr,

La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619 460 4444

 

La Mesa Healthcare Center

3780 Massachusetts Ave,

La Mesa, CA 91941

Phone: 619 465 1313

 

Parkway Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation

7760 Parkway Dr,

La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619 469 0124

National City

 

Caluya’s Residential Care

2835 E Plaza Blvd, National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 479 8122

 

Castle Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

541 S V Ave,

National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 791 7900

 

Friendship Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

902 Euclid Ave,

National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 791 7700

 

Paradise Village Retirement Community

2700 E 4th St,

National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 639 9862

 

Paradise Valley Manor and Health Care Center

2575 E 8th St,

National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 470 6700

 

Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center

220 E 24th St,

National City, CA 91950

Phone: 619 474 6741

 

Poway

 

Boulder Creek Post Acute

12696 Monte Vista Rd,

Poway, CA 92064

Phone: 858 487 6242

 

Poway Healthcare Center

15632 Pomerado Rd,

Poway, CA 92064

Phone: 858 485 5153

 

Santee

 

Edgemoor Hospital

655 Park Center Dr,

Santee, CA 92071

Phone: 619 596 5500

 

Stanford Court Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center

8778 Cuyamaca St,

Santee, CA 92071

Phone: 619 449 5555

 

Spring Valley

 

Amaya Springs Health Care Center

8625 Lamar St,

Spring Valley, CA 91977

Phone: 619 461 3222

 

Covenant Living at Mount Miguel

325 Kempton St,

Spring Valley, CA 91977

Phone: 619 552 2063

Senior Centers in San Diego

Cathy Hopper Clairemont Friendship Center

4425 Bannock Ave,

San Diego, CA 92117

Phone: 858 483 4007

 

ComForCare Home Care (North San Diego)

9747 Businesspark Ave Suite 227,

San Diego, CA 92131

Phone: (858) 247-1005

 

Ed Brown Senior Center at Rancho Bernardo

18402 W Bernardo Dr,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858 487 9324

 

Fourth District Seniors Resource Center

570 S 65th St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 266 2066

 

Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center

1525 Fourth Ave,

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619 235 6572

 

Mira Mesa Senior Center

8460 Mira Mesa Blvd,

San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 858 860 5355

 

George L. Stevens Senior Center

570 S 65th St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 266 2066

 

Korean American Senior Association

6709 Convoy Ct,

San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858 573 0477

 

Live Well San Diego

4425 Bannock Ave,

San Diego, CA 92117

Phone: 858 483 5100

Memorial Senior Center

610 S 30th St,

San Diego, CA 92113

Phone: 619 235 1141

Mira Mesa Senior Center

8460 Mira Mesa Blvd,

San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 858 860 5355

Neighborhood House Senior Center

795 S Boundary St,

San Diego, CA 92113

Phone: 619 263 2108

 

Paradise Senior Center

1880 Logan Ave,

San Diego, CA 92113

Phone: 619 235 1148

 

Peninsula Shepherd Center

1475 Catalina Blvd,

San Diego, CA 92107

Phone: 619 223 1640

 

Samahan Senior Center

2626 Market St,

San Diego, CA 92102

Phone: 619 234 1360

 

San Diego City-Senior Services

125 E Park Ave,

San Ysidro, CA 92173

Phone: 619 424 0468

 

San Diego Senior Directory

11579 Poblado Rd,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858 492 7377

 

San Diego Square

1055 Ninth Ave,

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619 239- 2073

 

San Ysidro Seniors Center

125 E Park Ave,

San Diego, CA 92173

 

Senior Care West Coast Regional

1550 Hotel Cir N,

San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: 619 291 0182

 

Silver Stature

3401 Adams Ave,

San Diego, CA 92116

Phone: (760) 536-8754

St. Paul’s Senior Day Program

328 Maple St,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619 239 6900

 

University City Senior Center

9001 Towne Centre Dr,

San Diego, CA 92122

Phone: 858 550 5998

 

Chula Vista

 

Norman Park Senior Center

270 F St,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619 409 1930

 

Coronada

 

Norman Park Senior Center

270 F St,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619 409 1930

 

Encinitas

 

Encinitas Senior Center

1140 Oakcrest Park Dr,

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760 943 2250

 

Escondido

 

Park Avenue Community Center

210 E Park Ave,

Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760 839 4688

 

La Jolla

 

Florence Riford Senior Center

6811 La Jolla Blvd,

La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858 459 0831

 

National City

 

Norman Park Senior Center

270 F St,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619 409 1930

Rancho Santa Fe

 

Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center

16780 La Gracia,

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Phone: 858 756 3041

 

San Marcos

 

San Marcos Project Care

111 Richmar Ave,

San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone: 760 744 0467

 

San Marcos Senior Activity Center

111 Richmar Ave,

San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone: 760 744 5535

 

The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing

131 Richmar Ave #1616,

San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone: 844 654 4636

 

Vista

 

Gloria McClellan Senior Center

1400 Vale Terrace Dr,

Vista, CA 92084

Phone: 760 643 5288

 

Veterans Centers in San Diego

 

Rather than visiting just give them a call and see if they accept donations of medical equipment.

San Diego Vet Center San Diego

2790 Thruxtun Rd, Suite 130

San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: 858 642 1500

 

Veterans Village Of San Diego

4141 Pacific Hwy,
San Diego, CA 92110,
Phone number: 619 393 2000

 

Veterans Home of CA Chula Vista

700 E Naples Ct,

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Phone: 619 482 6010

Craigslist and other sites to give away equipment

 

Sites with classifieds where you can donate medical equipment –

 

  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Freecycle
  • UsedHME.com

 

You can also use Craigslist to offer a piece of equipment for free.

You will need to decide whether or not, you want to make it a “pick up only”, charge for shipping, or not.

With Craigslist you can “create a posting” for very local areas, so you can donate to someone who lives locally.

Now, about using your main personal email, and having pick-ups from your home –

1) You want to create a “throwaway” email address for your donation, as it is quite common for the email addresses to get inundated with spam in the email.

2) You don’t know who, or what, you are exposing yourself, or your loved one to, if you arrange for a pick-up at your home. So, I would find a location where you can meet and show the equipment to the interested party.

How to post a donation in your local area on Craigslist

 

Step 1/

Type “craigslist + san diego”, into a search engine, for example GOOGLE and as you see below.

Step 2/

You get the page shown below, once you have clicked on the search result for “Craigslist San Diego”.

In the top left hand corner under “craigslist” you click on “create a posting”.

Step 3/

The next screen will ask you to pick where in the San Diego area you want to have your posting shown – I chose “city of san diego” and hit continue.

Step 4/

The following screen will ask you to pick “what type of posting is this” – you need to choose “for sale by owner” and continue.

Step 5/

Now you will be asked on the next screen to pick a category from a long list – you will choose “free stuff”, as you’re donating your equipment, and then continue.

Step 6/

Finally, you will come to a screen asking you to write your posting, with options for contact details – don’t give out your telephone, or address, and use a “throwaway” email just for the posting.

After this you continue with the process and add your photo of the equipment, and then agree to terms and conditions.

You will also receive a verification email making sure that the email you gave is really yours.

Making a donation with UsedHME.com

 

The site Used Home Medical Equipment is a “free listing service where people can, buy, sell or donate.”

It is based on the zip code you enter, so that only people who ask for listings in the zip code you give will see your donation.

Step 1/

Let’s go to the website –

http://usedhme.com

Step 2/

Click on the main navigation menu button – ” List/Sell Equipment” – which is 4th down on the left.

Step 3/

This next page is where you need to fill out your contact info.

Step 4/

Pick your state where you are donating and enter the zip code.

Step 5/

Still on the same page, you will need to select the “donation” option in the text field “Ad Type“.

What’s next is a different from that which I was expecting – you will need to name a charity you wish to give the proceeds of your sale/donation to – yes, in fact, you are selling your equipment and the proceeds will go to the charity of your choice.

Step 6/

Moving on, select the type of equipment you are donating from the “Select type of Equipment” menu.

Step 7/

Hit “Submit Ad“, and it’s done ! Just like in a newspaper ad you will be contacted when there is a customer.

 

A different option available is –

Not choosing “Donation” from the Ad Type field, and choose “free” instead, and after that you can place your ad with the price at 0$.

The ads are free, and will stay for 6 months unless the equipment is taken. If someone wants your equipment you will be contacted by them, and you can arrange the pick-up etc together.

Neither method has an option for adding a photo to the ad, this is only offered if you pay to place the ad.

Where to donate used medical equipment near me

 

The following institutions and administrations should know where you can donate durable medical equipment –

 

  • Your local Area Agency on Aging
  • Social services office
  • Local church communities
  • Local town hall or chamber of commerce
  • Local hospitals
  • Emergency rooms
  • Private clinics

 

Tax deductions on donations

 

If you make a donation to a registered charity keep the receipts  if you are hoping to get a tax deduction.

The IRS will require a receipt for the item.

 

 

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