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Where To Donate Used Medical Equipment In San Francisco

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For anyone who wants to donate medical equipment in San Francisco, I have put together a list of all the organizations, and their locations, that I could find, to which you can donate.

With each organization as well as their contacts I have added any information if they only accept specific medical equipment.

You can donate medical equipment in San Francisco at –

 

  • 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 possibly the easiest option for donating medical equipment if you use their online equipment exchange.

Ability Tools has an online Assistive Technology Exchange where both organizations, and individuals, can post AT devices, which includes durable medical equipment, for donation, or for sale – it free, and any state resident can sign up.

So you can very easily post your equipment online at the Assistive Technology Exchange website, as a donation, if you don’t want to have to take it to a reuse donation drop off location, and then arrange for a pick-up as and when someone wants it.

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

Ability Tools is also partnered with reuse programs who post their available inventory on the Assistive Technology Exchange website.

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

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

Reuse centers in and near San Francisco

 

Independent Living Resources of Solano and Contra Costa Counties (ILR)

The reuse program helps seniors and people with disabilities who need AT devices and DME, and but who are unable to pay for them.

The program accepts donations from individuals.

 

The equipment could be items such as-

 

  • manual wheelchairs
  • power wheelchairs
  • walkers

 

To donate, them a call at the office near you.

Their website: https://ilrscc.org

Address:

1850 Gateway Blvd, Ste. 170
Concord, CA 94520

Phone: 925 363 729

Satellite Offices:

301 West 10th Street, #18

Antioch, CA 94509

Phone: 925 754 0539

 

470 Chadbourn Road,
Suite B
Fairfield, CA 94534

Phone: 707 435 8174

ReCares (formerly Home Cares)

ReCares collects “gently” used medical equipment, as well as, unused health care supplies.

 

ReCares suggests donations of items such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • adult briefs
  • shower chairs
  • tub/transfer benches
  • chux (disposable underpads)

 

The main ReCares center is located at –

2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510 251 2273

Do call to get the times that you can make a donation, as things will have changed with Covid-19.

The website situation is rather confusing, as they one website called “homecares.org” (their past name) and a new one called “recares.net”, although the information is the same.

Website: http://homecares.org 

or              https//recares.net        

They also have satellite offices

The alleyway of 63 Dorland St
Dorland St
San Francisco,
CA 94110

Phone: 415 487-54053100

No website

 

Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers

3100 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael,
Ca 94901

Phone: 415 388 8198

Website: https://marinmer.org/

 

The Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers site accepts –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • companion chairs
  • transfer benches
  • shower chairs
  • orthopedic supports
  • blood pressure machines
  • nebulizers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • commodes
  • walkers
  • grabbers
  • wedge pillows
  • therapeutic cushions

 

In adddition they accept the following medical supplies –

 

  • diapers
  • panty pads
  • bed pads
  • latex
  • vinyl gloves
  • wipes
  • and more

 

If you wish to donate a larger item such as a power scooter, you are asked to call Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers, so they may match the you, the donor, with a recipient. This way the recipient of your donation can organize the pick up, and transport, for the item themselves.

Do call before you go to make a donation, as during the pandemic the location has often been forced to close.

Salvation Army donation drop-off locations in San Fransisco

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 Francisco Area

 

A Soldier’s Dove

A Soldier’s Dove, in the Bay area, accepts donations of “gently used” medical equipment, which they will sanitize, repair and then re-distribute to those in need.

 

The types of equipment suggested are –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • bedside commodes
  • shower chairs
  • wheelchair cushions
  • canes
  • quad canes
  • other bathroom safety equipment

 

To donate you need to use this link here, then to fill out the donation form on their web page, and finally they will contact you.

You may also email, if you prefer, at – asoldiersdove@gmail.com

Websitehttps://www.soldiersdove.org/

Phone: 650 590 9111

 

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Society Of St. Vincent De Paul

The society has 3 thrift stores in the San Fransisco area, where you can donate medical equipment.

 

The type of equipment suggested is –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • quad canes

 

For more information about the donations click here

Websitehttps://svdpsm.org/

South San Fransisco

344 Grand Ave

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Phone: 650 589 8445

 

San Mateo

40 North B St,

San Mateo, CA94401

Phone: 650 294 8912

 

Menlo Park

728A Willow Rd,

Menlo Park, CA 94025 

Loan closets which accept donations of medical equipment in San Francisco

 

The closest loan closet to San Francisco are in Santa Clara and Los Gatos.

 

AbleCloset 

This loan closet is especially for equipment for children who have special needs, and accepts equipment donations such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • standers

 

You can donate medical equipment which is in good condition and “gently used”.

More information on how to donate can be found on their website here.

To donate equipment, you will need to drop it off at their warehouse at specific times and dates, which are listed on the website link above.

Address:

AbleCloset Warehouse

1815 Walsh Ave,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Website: https://www.ablecloset.com/

Phone: 650 539 4437

The closest loan closet to San Francisco are in Santa Clara and Los Gatos.

Rotary Clubs in San Francisco

 

Rotary Clubs are often looking for donations of different types, as they do an enormous amount of charitable work.

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

Step 1/

Click on the link to the Rotary Club locator tool – 

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

The web page below will open.

Step 2/

In the entry fields on the locator enter –

 

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

 

Do it the same way as I have done in this image below.

Step 3/

Next, click on the blue “search button”. A list of all the Rotary Clubs in San Francisco will appear, as in the screen shot below.

Step/ 4

You can click on the names of the clubs in blue, which I have indicated in the image below with red arrows.

You will now get the information for the club that you selected. Usually they will have a telephone contact number, and an email contact, but not always.

If they don’t have that, they should say when and where they meet, so you can go get further information.

There is usually a mailing address, as well as a website if you are lucky.

Nursing homes in the San Francisco area

 

If you are going to donate to a nursing home, 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 Francisco

 

San Francisco Nursing Center

5767 Mission Street, CA 94112

Phone: 415 584 3924

 

San Francisco Health Care and Rehab Inc

1477 Grove Street,

San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: 415 563 0565

 

The Avenues Transitional Care Center

2043 19th Ave, CA 94116,

Phone: 415 661 8787

 

Pacific Heights Transitional Care Center

2707 Pines Street,

San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: 415 563 7600

 

Central Gardens Post Acute, Inc.

1355 Ellis Street,

San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: 415 567 2967

 

Health Link Hospice

868 Brannan Street Suite 308,

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415 513 1222

 

 

Sheffield Convalescent Hospital

1133 S. Van Ness Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415 647 3117

 

Skilled Nursing Facility: California Pacific Medical Center: California Campus

3698 California Street,

San Francisco, CA94118

Phone: 415 600 2089

 

City View Post Acute

1359 Pine Street,

San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415 673 8408

 

Lawton Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

1575 7th Ave ,

San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone: 415 566 1200

Victorian Post Acute

2121 Pine St,

San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: 415 922 5085

 

AlmaVia of San Francisco

1 Thomas More Way,

San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: 415 337 1339

 

Community Living Center

4150 Clement Street,

San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415 221 4810 ext.24246

 

CPMC Coming Home Hospice

115 Diamond Street,

San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: 415 861 1110

 

Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco

2750 Geary Boulevard,

San Francisco, CA94118

Phone: 415 346 0246

 

Kimberly’s Care Facility Inc

269 Bridgeview Dr,

San Francisco, CA 94124

Phone: 415 829 2744

 

Heritage on the Marina

3400 Laguna Street,

San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone: 415 202 0300

 

Kaiser Gornick LLP

100 1st St #25th,

San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 0800 824 8234

 

Maitri-Compassionate Care

401 Dubose Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: 415 558 3000

 

Sequoia Living Health Services 

1400 Geary Blvd,

San Francisco, CA 94109,

Phone: 415 351 79959

Alameda

 

Crown Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

508 Westline Drive,

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510 521 5765

 

Alameda Healthcare & Wellness Center

430 Willow Street,

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510 523 8857

 

Marina Garden Nursing Center

3201 Fernside Boulevard,

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510 523 2363

 

Park Bridge Nursing Home

2401 Blanding Ave,

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510 522 1084

 

Belmont

 

Carlmont Gardens Nursing Home

2140 Carlmont Dr,

Belmont, CA 94002

Phone: 650 591 9601

 

Berkeley

 

Berkeley Pines Care Center

2223 Ashby Ave,

Berkeley, CA 94705

Phone: 510 649 6670

 

Burlingame

 

Burlingame Skilled Nursing

1100 Trousdale Drive,

Burlingame game, CA 94010

Phone: 650 692 3758

 

Peninsula Post Acute

1609 Trousdale Drive,

Burlingame, CA 94010

Phone: 650 652 3969

 

Castro Valley

East Bay Post-Acute Healthcare Center

20259 Lake Chabot Rd,

Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510 351 3700

Daly City

 

St Francis Heights Convalescent Hospital

35 Escuela Drive,

Daly City, CA 94015

Phone: 650 755 9515

 

St Francis Convalescent Pavilion

99 Escuela Drive,

Daly City, CA 94015

Phone: 650 994 3200

 

Hayward

 

Bassard Convalescent & Medical Home

3269 D Street,

Hayward, CA 94541

Phone: 510 537 6700

 

St Francis Healthcare Center formerly St Francis Extended Care

718 Bartlett Avenue,

Hayward, CA 94541

Phone: 510 785 3630

 

Parkview Health Care Center

27350 temper Avenue,

Hayward, CA 94544

Phone: 510 783 8150

 

Oakland

 

Bay Area Healthcare Center

1833 10th Avenue,

Oakland, CA 94606

Phone: 510 536 6512

 

Excell Health Care Center

3025 High Street,

Oakland, CA 94619

Phone: 510 261 5200

 

Medical Hill Care Center

475 29th Street,

Oakland, CA 94609

Phone: 510 832 3222

 

Pacific Senior Living Oakland Heights

2361 E 29th Street,

Oakland, CA 94606

Phone: 510 343 6154

 

Willow Tree Nursing and Rehab Center

2124 57th Ave,

Oakland, CA 94621

Phone: 510 261 2628

Pacifica

 

Pacific Nursing and Rehab Center

385 Esplanade Avenue,

Pacifica, CA 94044

Phone: 65 993 5576

 

Linda Mar Rehabilitation

751 San Pedro Terrace Rd,

Pacifica, CA 94044

Phone: 650 359 4800

 

Richmond

 

Richmond Post-Acute Care

955 23rd Street,

Richmond, CA 94804

Phone: 510 237 5182

 

San Bruno

 

San Bruno Skilled Nursing

890 El Camino Real,

San Bruno, CA 94066

Phone: 650 583 7768

 

San Leandro

 

All Saints Sub-Acute & Skilled Nursing

15731 Maubert Ave,

San Leandro, California 94578

Phone: 510 481 3200

 

San Pablo

 

Vale Healthcare Center

13484 San Pablo Avenue,

San Pablo, CA 94806

Phone: 510 232 5945

 

South San Francisco

 

Fook Hong SSF Care Home

117 Arroyo Drive,

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Phone: 415 533 0541

Senior Centers in San Francisco

 

American Asian Society

778 Clay St,

San Francisco, CA 94108,

Phone: 415 397 8322

 

Bayview Hunters Point

1753 Carroll Ave,

San Francisco, CA 94124,

Phone: 415 822 1444

 

Bayview Senior Center

1753 Carroll Ave,

San Francisco, CA 94124

Phone: 415 822 1444

 

Canon Kip Senior Center

705 Natoma Street,

San Francisco, CA 94103,

Phone: 415 487 3300

 

Castro Senior Center

110 Diamond Street,

San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: 415 863 3507

 

Curry Senior Center

333 Turk Street,

San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415 885 2274

 

Doelger Senior Center

101 Lake Merced Boulevard,

Daly City, CA 94015,

Phone: 650 991 8012

 

Filipino Senior Resource Center

953 Mission Street #61,

SanFrancisco,CA 94103

Phone: 415 278 0484

 

Golden Gate Park Senior Center

6101 Fulton Street,

San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415 666 7079

Jackie Chan Senior Center

5757 Geary Boulevard,

San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415 677 7571

 

John King Senior Community

500 Raymond Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94134

Phone: 415 337 6533

 

Kimochi

JCCCNC (Iseei Memoria Hall) 1st Floor,

1840 such as Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: 415 931 2287

 

Lady Shaw Senior Center

1483 Mason Street,

San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone: 415 677 7572

 

Leland-Polk Senior Community

1315 Polk Street #1,

SanFrancisco, CA 94109,

Phone: 415 931 3210

 

Magnolia Senior Center

601 Grand Ave,

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Phone: 650 829 3820

 

Neighborhood Elders Support

513 Courtland Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415 206 9177

 

Noe Valley Senior Center

1021 Sanchez Street,

San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: 415 648 1030

 

National Council On Aging 

817 Market Street #785,

SanFrancisco,CA 94102,

Phone: 415 955 8560

 

OMI Senior Center | Catholic Charities

65 Beverly St,

San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: 415 334 5550

 

On Lok 30th Street Senior Center

225 30th Street third floor,

San Francisco, CA 94131

Phone: 415 550 2210

Richmond Senior Center

6221 Geary Boulevard #3,

San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415 752 6444

 

Rosa Parks Senior Center

1111 Buchanan Street,

San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: 415 92 3474

 

San Francisco Office of Aging

875 Stevenson Street #3,

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415 355 3555

 

San Francisco Senior Center

481 O’Farrell Street,

San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415 771 7950

 

San Francisco Senior Center

890 Beach St,

San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415 775 1866

 

Self Help For The Elderly

848 Kearny St # 306,

San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415 398 3250

 

Self Help For The Elderly

1583 Mason St,

San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone: 415 677 7581

 

St Francis Living Room

350 Goldengate Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415 946 1413

 

Sunset Senior Center

1290 5th Avenue,

San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone: 415 759 9507

 

The Salvation Army Chinatown Corps Community Center

1450 Powell Street,

San Francisco, CA 94133,

Phone: 415 781 7360

 

Verne S Doxey Inc

220 Montgomery St,

San Francisco, CA 94104,

Phone: 415 921 0644

 

Western Addition Senior Citizens

1390 1/2 Turk Street,

San Francisco, CA 94115

Veterans Centers in San Francisco

 

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

San Francisco Vet Center

505 Polk Street,

San Francisco,

CA 94102

Phone: 415 441 5051

 

San Francisco VA medical Centre

4150 Clement Street, 

San Francisco,

CA 94121

Phone: 415 221 4810

 

Craigslist and other sites to give away equipment

 

If you want to you can use craigslist to offer a piece of equipment for free, you just have to decide whether or not you want to make it a “pick up only”, charge for shipping, or not charge for shipping.

On Craigslist you can “create a posting” for very local areas, which makes possible to donate to someone who lives locally to you.

A couple of points about using your main personal email, and having pick-ups from your home –

1) You don’t know who may come and pick up your donation, or what you are exposing yourself, or your loved one to, if you arrange for a pick-up at your home. So, I would charge for shipping, or drop it off yourself if you keep it very local.

2) When you post online, you want to create a “throwaway” email address just for the donation, as you can easily get inundated with spam in the email.

 

Sites with classifieds where you can donate medical equipment –

 

  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Freecycle
  • UsedHME.com

How to post a donation in your local area on Craigslist

Step 1/

Type into the your search engine “craigslist + your local city or county”, and as you see below, as I typed in “craigslist san francisco”.

Step 2/

You will arrive on the page shown below, once you have clicked on the search result for “Craigslist San Francisco”.

In the top left hand corner under “craigslist” you will see “create a posting”, so click on it.

Step 3/

The first screen you get will ask you to pick where in the San Francisco area you want to have your posting – I chose “city of san francisco” and pressed continue.

Step 4/

The following screen you get will ask you to “choose the location that fits best” for your posting – I chose “bayview” and pressed continue.

Step 5/

Next you will get a screen which asks you to pick “what type of posting is this” – you have to choose “for sale by owner” and press continue.

Step 6/

This next screen will ask you to pick a category from a long list – you have to choose “free stuff” (somewhere in the middle after farm and garden), as you’re going to donate your equipment, and then press continue.

Step 7/

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

After this you just follow the process and add your photo of the item and agree to terms and conditions.

You will also get verification emails to make sure that the email you gave is really yours etc.

 

How to post a donation with UsedHME.com

 

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

It works by zip code, so that only people near to the zip code you give will see your advertisement.

Do remember not to give your normal personal private email, but instead to create a “throwaway” one just for this, as avoids you getting loads of spam mail.

Step 1/

Go to the listing website –

http://usedhme.com

Step 2/

Select the main navigation button – ” List/Sell Equipment”

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

It works by zip code, so that only people near to the zip code you give will see your advertisement.

Do remember not to give your normal personal private email, but instead to create a “throwaway” one just for this, as avoids you getting loads of spam mail.

Step 1/

Go to the listing website –

http://usedhme.com

Step 2/

Select the main navigation button – ” List/Sell Equipment”

Step 3/

You will now come to this page, where you need to fill out your contact info.

Step 4/

Next you pick your state where you are donating and the zip code

Step 5/

You also need to select “donation” in the text field “Ad Type“.

What will happen here is a little different from what I was expecting – you will actually be asked to name a charity you wish to give the proceeds of your sale to.

Yes, in fact, you are selling it and the proceeds will go to the charity of your choice.

Step 6/

And below that select the type of equipment you are donating from the “Select type of Equipment” menu

Step 7/

Now hit “Submit Ad“, and you are done ! You will be contacted when there is a customer just like in a newspaper ad.

 

There is a different option available as well –

Instead of choosing “Donation” from the Ad Type field, you can choose “free”and after that you can place your ad with the price at 0$.

The ad is free and will stay for 6 months unless it is sold. If someone wants your item you will be contacted, and you can arrange the pick-up etc together.

Neither method has an option for adding a photo of your equipment to the ad, this is only offered on the paid services.

Where to donate used medical equipment near me

If you have any of the following institutions and administrations in your neighborhood, they 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

 

International organizations to donate to in San Francisco

MedShare

MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization which distributes medical equipment to those in need around the globe.

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

One of the three centers is in California near to San Francisco –

MedShare

2937 Alvarado ST,

San Leandro, CA 94577

Phone: 510 567 7070

For a donation you need to go to the MedShare website and fill out the donation form and follow the instructions at the bottom of this page – https://www.medshare.org/donate-medical-supplies/

Donations of new, or gently used durable medical equipmentare accepted, but you will need to deliver these yourself to the center.

The San Leandro center is in the Bay area 25 min north of Fremont.

VIDA USA

VIDA is a humanitarian aid organization which distributes used medical equipment and supplies to those in need in Latin America.

One of the three centers is in California –

Vida USA

2424 4th St,

Warehouse G @Dwight Way

Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 510 655 8432

To make a donation you can drop off the equipment at the warehouse at the address above.

To find out about the equipment needed you can look on their website here – https://vidausa.org/medical-supply-donations/

Tax deductions on donations

 

Don’t forget to keep the receipts for any donations of durable medical equipment that you make to any registered charities if you are hoping to get a tax deduction.

The IRS will require a receipt for the item.

 

 

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