Did you know that most states and territories have a program supporting the reuse of assistive technology and/or durable medical equipment? During 2018, over 68,500 devices were refurbished across the nation, many diverted from the scrap metal dumpsters of solid waste stations. These devices saved individuals and families more than $26,500,000! If you have durable medical equipment you or a loved one is no longer using, consider donating to your state reuse program before heading to the dump.
Reuse programs make it possible for seniors, adults, and children with disabilities to maintain their independence without having to wait for insurance approvals.
Reuse programs are also solutions for acquiring devices insurance won’t cover, including backup equipment.
They fill temporary needs while families and individuals with disabilities wait for new equipment to be approved, during the repair of a device, or during displacement following a disaster.
Across the country, power wheelchairs, rollators, standers, pediatric equipment, shower chairs and more are helping community members stay safe at home and active in their communities–often at no cost–with assistance from their state reuse programs.
If you or someone you know is in need of a device or has gently-used equipment to donate, Find your State or Territory Device Reutilization Program!
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