This week Jen Baker, our program director, received a call from a woman on the North Shore. The woman was looking for a power wheelchair and said she needed it right away. She had gone out to dinner with a friend the night before and while in the restaurant had turned off the power to her wheelchair. Getting ready to leave, she toggled it back on but to her surprise, no power! Needless to say,… Do You Have a Backup Wheelchair?Read Do You Have a Backup Wheelchair?
Jen Baker, REquipment Program Director, and I were talking the other day about how collaborating with other programs makes it possible for us to assist more people with disabilities and seniors to have a better quality of life. Two examples come to mind. The first connects resources within MassMATCH, our State AT Program run by the Mass Rehab Commission. REquipment is a MassMATCH service provider for reuse durable medical equipment, but MassMATCH has other services… Collaboration Equals Success!Read Collaboration Equals Success!
REquipment seeks an additional $360,000 in the Massachusetts State Budget for FY19. Here’s why… What we do is the most logical thing in the world. REquipment DME Reuse Program keeps valuable durable medical equipment (DME) out of landfills and in the hands of neighbors who need it. Since the program first began in 2014, over 2,100 pieces of gently-used DME have been distributed to seniors and people with disabilities statewide (representing significant savings to Medicaid… With Growing Demand, It’s Time to Expand!Read With Growing Demand, It’s Time to Expand!
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to former board member and dear friend, Shawn J. McDuff. Shawn died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2017. Shawn was a founding board member of the REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program, Inc. and served as our treasurer until June 2017. As a user of DME and long-time Independent living advocate and activist, Shawn was a great fit for our nonprofit, standing by our DME reuse philosophy… A Fond Farewell and Tribute to Shawn McDuffRead A Fond Farewell and Tribute to Shawn McDuff
In the fall of 2016, the REquipment Durable Medical Equipment & Assistive Technology Reuse Program, Inc. (REquipment, Inc.) took over the administration of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s DME Reuse Program from The Boston Home. Oh, what a year it has been! As a new non-profit, as well as a new state vendor, there was so much to learn in order to do business with the state and meet all applicable laws and regulations. But was… Oh, What a Year! REquipment Looks Back at 2017…Read Oh, What a Year! REquipment Looks Back at 2017…
Together we’ve made such an impact. Since April of 2013, REquipment has given away 2,119 pieces of durable medical equipment–valued at over $4 million!–to individuals with disabilities, seniors and families in Massachusetts communities. Still, we know there is much more to do. There are kids like Ricky, a 10-year-old homeless boy with a degenerative skeletal disease AND a broken leg when his aunt found our program this past summer. Getting around with a manual wheelchair… Remember REquipment this Giving Season!Read Remember REquipment this Giving Season!
About a month ago, I received an email from Karl Soderquist asking if a group of people from New Zealand could visit the Worcester DME Reuse Center. Karl is the owner of the New Hampshire-based company, HUBSCRUB. He sold REquipment HUBSCRUB cleaning units for our Canton, Worcester and Amherst locations. What, you might ask, is a HUBSCRUB? A HUBSCRUB is a powerful “washing machine” for medical equipment. Have you ever wondered how we clean and… Our HUBSCRUB Inspires a Visit from “Down Under”Read Our HUBSCRUB Inspires a Visit from “Down Under”
REquipment, the durable medical equipment (DME) reuse program, is thrilled to announce that we now have a DME drop-off site in New Bedford! No longer will people need to drive their gently-used equipment to Canton or wait 3-4 weeks for our van to pick up from their homes. Donations at the Southeast Center for Independent Living (SCIL) can be arranged in a matter of days. SCIL is a natural partner for REquipment; its mission is to… REquipment’s Newest DME Drop-off Site: the Southeast Center for Independent Living!Read REquipment’s Newest DME Drop-off Site: the Southeast Center for Independent Living!
Last March, Senator Harriette Chandler invited our durable medical reuse program to her WCCA (community access) TV show, Beacon Hill Chat. This week we were invited back for Executive Director Mauro DePasquale’s Soapbox. WCCA loves our REquipment mission and is excited to get the word out about the power of DME reuse in Massachusetts communities. REquipment was more than happy to oblige! Jen Baker, REquipment Program Director, gave an overview of our program and explained… REquipment Returns to WCCA-TV!Read REquipment Returns to WCCA-TV!
You might not think an expo that’s all about the latest and greatest in mobility equipment would be a logical place for REquipment. After all, our durable medical equipment reuse program is about getting gently-used DME, like rollators and shower chairs, to people who can’t afford cutting-edge products. We make sure that valuable equipment finds a second (or third) home and nothing needed ends up wasted in a landfill. Conversely, Abilities Expo is home to… Abilities Expo: a great venue for REquipment!Read Abilities Expo: a great venue for REquipment!