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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.

Long-Term Device Loan Program for Low-Cost Devices

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:

Leonidas Tonevski
Easter Seals Massachusetts
(800) 244-2756 ex 431
info@massatloan.org

AT School Share

A.T. School Share logo: shows a school house encircled by recycling arrows.  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 Helping Hand Equipment Loan Program

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
617-328-0102
Directions to Ayers Helping Hand

Boston Center for Independent Living Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program

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
Voice: 617-338-6665
Fax: 617-338-6661
TTY: 617-338-6662
Toll Free: 866-338-8085
tperry@bostoncil.org

Central Massachusetts Hearing Aid Loaner Bank

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.

Tina Coderre
Peak Rehabilitation Group
Audiology Department
15 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605-2650
508-792-8700 Voice
508-792-8727 TTY
508-792-8722, 8723 Fax

Dept. of Developmental Services Adaptive Technology Centers

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.

Western Massachusetts:

Commonwealth Community Services
Adaptive Design Services
Contact: Joanne Henry
195 Industrial Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
413-585-1153
413-585-0881 FAX
413-585-8922 TTY
Joanne.Henry@state.ma.us

Northeast Massachusetts:

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
978-739-0422 FAX
Thomas.Mercier@dmr.state.ma.us

Southeast Massachusetts:

Assistive Technology Resource Center
Contact: Dottie Rother-Director
Wrentham Development Center-DDS
Emerald Street
Wrentham, MA 02093
508-3116 x 2434
508-384-5524
508-384-5612 FAX
Dottie.Rother@state.ma.us

Hospital Equipment Loan Program (HELP)

H.E.L.P. is a program of the Freemasons and located in Wakefield 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

Contact:  
Brian King
978-658-4391 or
Bernie Nally
978-658-3240

Wakefield Masonic Building at 370 Salem Street in Wakefield.

Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, Saturdays.

Contact:
Brother Geoff Bemiss
781-322-1052
GABemiss@aol.com

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Equipment Loan Program

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.

Catherine Hughes
MDA Health Care Services Coordinator
617-368-9155
chughes@mdausa.org

or

Mary Leeman
ALS Health Care Services Coordinator
508-898-3375
mleeman@mdausa.org

Pass It On, Inc.

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
800-267-6768
508-477-6966
passitoninc@comcast.net

Patty Walsh-Cassidy Assistive Technology Lending Library

The PWC Lending Library provides hardware, software, apps, and devices for short-term loan. Housed at the CCATT Center at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, the library offers 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 helps open the door to possibility, and enable students with disabilities to reach their goals.

CCATT Center
228 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-1664 x108 Phone
413-584-8592 Fax
pwclibrary@collaborative.org

Stavros Center for Independent Living Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program

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
tfiliault@stavros.org

UCP Berkshire County Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program

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
413-442-1562 Phone/TTY
Fax: 413-499-4077
info@ucpberkshire.org

Wheelchair Recycler, Inc.

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
508-460-6328
wheelchairrecycler@yahoo.com
www.wheelchairrecycler.org