Borrow or Acquire Gently-Used AT and Durable Medical Equipment
Massachusetts has a range of small to mid-sized programs serving persons with disabilities and seniors who need access to affordable equipment. Short-term device loan programs allow individuals to 'test drive' assistive technology (AT) before deciding what to buy; they are also helpful for assessment, meeting temporary needs while equipment is being repaired, and for training purposes. Long-term device loans allow borrowers to use the equipment for as long as they need it. Additional programs provide reuse services; they receive and clean donated equipment (usually durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs), and find them new homes. Sometimes repair services are also provided.
- MassMATCH AT Regional Centers - Short-Term Device Loan Program
- MassMATCH and Easter Seals - Long-Term Device Loan Program for Low-Cost Devices
- MassMATCH AT School Share
- Ayers Helping Hand Equipment Loan Program (Quincy)
- Boston Center for Independent Living Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program
- The Boston Home Wheeled Mobility Reuse Program
- Central Massachusetts Hearing Aid Loaner Bank
- Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS) Adapted Activities Library
- Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS) Adaptive Technology Centers
- Hospital Equipment Loan Program (HELP)
- Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Equipment Loan Program
- Pass It On, Inc.
- Patty Walsh-Cassidy Assistive Technology Lending Library
- Stavros Center for Independent Living Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program
- UCP Berkshire County Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program
- The Wheelchair Recycler
MassMATCH has partnered with Easter Seals-MA to provide devices valued less than $500 to income-eligible people with disabilities. The program is also known as the AT Mini-Loan Program. Applicants who demonstrate financial need are provided the low-cost devices they need for as long as they need them. This is a one year pilot (launched in 2009) and in its initial phase the program is purchasing new devices for people with disabilities to live more independently. Eventually these devices will be returned and made available to new applicants who qualify. The program is available to residents of Massachusetts with a disability and family members who are applying on behalf of their relative with a disability.
To learn more or fill out an application contact:
Easter Seals Massachusetts
Join the MassMATCH AT School Share! This is our online AT exchange program exclusively for Massachusetts school systems. Members of the AT School Share can upload their AT inventory and choose which equipment to make available to other Massachusetts school systems. You can also use the AT School Share site to list your school system's inventory without making equipment available for loan.
Visit AT School Share and read the FAQs or Request an Account. Members with a user name and password can log in and browse what is available.
Ayers Handicap Conversion Center in North Quincy houses and manages an equipment loan program for durable medical equipment (DME). Donated durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, special bathroom equipment and other ambulatory healthcare aids) are available for loan for up to 3 months to residents of Quincy and the South Shore (Scituate, Hanover, Pembroke, Hull, Hingham, Norwell, Marshfield and Cohassett). Helping Hand is free thanks to the generosity of people who have donated the equipment they no longer need.
440B E Squantum St # 10
Quincy, MA 02171
Directions to Ayers Helping Hand
The Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) picks up unwanted wheeled mobility equipment and other durable medical equipment in the greater Boston area. BCIL inspects and provides minor refurbishment (such as new batteries and tires and some repairs). Refurbished devices are posted as available on GetATStuff.org and delivered within BCIL's service area.
Contact: Tom Perry
60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111-1324
Toll Free: 866-338-8085
The Boston Home receives donations of used wheeled mobility equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, etc) and redistributes, but donors and recipients must transport. B-Mobile! is another service they provide to evaluate, adjust, and modify mobility equipment.
Contact: Don Fredette
2049 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester Ctr, MA 02124
The Hearing Aid Loaner Bank loans hearing aids to adult and elderly residents of central Massachusetts who are not covered by public or private health insurance. There is a $60 fee (after audiological evaluation and report). They will provide a one year hearing aid loan with a reevaluation at the end of the one year period. They ask that patients take that year to investigate other loan possibilities.
Peak Rehabilitation Group
15 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605-2650
508-792-8722, 8723 Fax
The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides services to adults 18 years of age or older who have intellectual disabilities, and children under 18 years of age with a developmental disability. AT services provided by the DDS range from assessments and evaluations to demonstration, design, fabrication, modification, and repair of equipment and devices. Services address mobility, environmental, vocational, leisure and communication needs. Equipment loan is available. Referrals to a DDS Adaptive Technology Center are necessary through an individual's DDS service coordinator.
Commonwealth Community Services
Adaptive Design Services
Contact: Joanne Henry
195 Industrial Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
Kelley Assistive Technology Resource Center
Contact: Tom Mercier-Director AT Center
Hogan Regional Center, DDS Northeast Region
450 Maple Street
Hathorne, MA 01937
978-774-5000 x 505
Assistive Technology Resource Center
Contact: Dottie Rother-Director
Wrentham Development Center-DDS
Wrentham, MA 02093
508-3116 x 2434
H.E.L.P. is a program of the Freemasons and located in North Reading and Wilmington. Durable medical equipment is available to borrow free of charge for home use only. You do not have to be a Freemason to borrow equipment. Equipment for loan includes items such as canes, commodes, tub seats, walkers, wheelchairs, transfer benches, hospital beds, and a Hoya lift. There is also a wheelchair ramp program through the Wilmington Friendship Lodge that installs ramps at private homes for no charge (based on availability and not limited to Wilmington residents). The ramps are donated by homeowners who no longer need them.
Friendship Lodge at 32 Church Street, Wilmington, MA
Wakefield Masonic Building at 3 Fairview Street, North Reading, MA.
Open 9 a.m. to 12 noon only, Saturdays.
Brother Geoff Bemiss
The MDA provides recycled wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment (DME) in good condition for long term loan. Individuals requesting equipment must have a prescription for the DME due to a neuromuscular disease. Should the DME no longer be needed, individuals or their families are encouraged to return it to MDA for use by others. Through its local chapters and field offices, MDA accepts durable medical equipment for distribution through the Association's loan program. Find your local MDA chapter at www.mda.org.
MDA Health Care Services Coordinator
ALS Health Care Services Coordinator
Pass It On provides
free recycled durable medical equipment and assistive technology to children with disabilities up to the age of 22, and their families. Their service area is within the 495 belt and Southcoast area. Operates Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. www.passitonforkids.org
P.O. Box 2120
Mashpee, MA 02649
Anticipated for the spring of 2012, the new PWC Lending Library will be a home for assistive technology equipment, products, and materials. Housed at the CCATT Center at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, the library will offer users the ability to explore for themselves the range of available assiststive technology resources and determine which best match their needs before committing to purchase. It will help open the door to possibility, and enable students with disabilities to reach their goals.
413-584-1664 x108 Phone
Stavros Center for Independent Living picks up unwanted wheeled mobility items (and other DME) in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties and provides simple refurbishment (such as replaces batteries or tires). Devices are posted on GetATStuff.org and delivered to recipients within their 3 counties (but individuals from anywhere in Massachusetts are eligible to come collect equipment). Stavros also hosts a Wheeled Mobility Clinic once per quarter in Amherst to provide expert seating and positioning evaluations, adjustments, and sometimes fabrication services to DME users who are not clients of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This is a project offered in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and DDS.
210 Old Farm Road
Amherst, Ma 01002
Contact: Tom Filiault
413-537-0322 or 413-256 0473
UCP Berkshire loans DME at no cost; wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, portable (temporary) ramps, canes, tub seats and other mobility devices are often available. Repair services are not provided and equipment transportation is limited. UCP maintains its own list of what is available. It also installs safety flags on wheelchairs or scooters.
208 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Contact: Jenn Ressler
David Heim refurbishes and distributes pre-owned power wheelchairs and electric scooters at very low cost to people without health insurance or people who do not qualify for equipment. He will also pick up donated chairs and scooters and offers parts and a repair service.
60 Carver Hill Road
Marlborough, MA 01752