Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Medical Equipment

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Today we continue our series on letting go with advice for what to do with medical equipment. These are items you may have acquired for yourself or for a family member who was experiencing a medical situation, such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, commodes, and walkers.

If you live anywhere near Darien, CT, items like these can be taken to Darien Town Hall, where Social Services maintains a Loan Closet for people who have a short-term need of such items. The American Red Cross, Greenwich Chapter has a similar offering, and you can call (203) 869-8444 for more information. Another option is Wheel It Forward, who has branches in Stamford and Bridgeport. They are a medical equipment library, “making it easy to borrow and donate durable medical equipment.”

If you live further away, first try checking with your local municipal authorities and local Red Cross chapters to see if they have a similar setup.

Another option is an organization called MedShare. This organizaation “accept[s] donations of unused, unexpired medical surplus supplies and used biomedical equipment through our hospital recovery program and corporate product donations.” On their website there are some forms you can complete to see if there is a location near you that is accepting what you have to offer.

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Medical equipment and supplies are very expensive and much needed. If you are lucky enough to no longer need them, they are definitely worth trying to donate.

Do you have any unused medical equipment in your space?

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