Everyone who knows Lotte Diomede knows she is a force to be reckoned with. Lotte is the president and co-founder of SMILEmass, a non-profit that provides accessible equipment and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Last week, Lotte was contacted by a group in Houston working with families with children with significant disabilities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. She was asked to help recruit donations of pediatric supplies and durable medical equipment and she reached out… REquipment and SMILEmass Partner for Hurricane ReliefRead REquipment and SMILEmass Partner for Hurricane Relief
REquipment, Inc. was the happy recipient of 8 brand-new manual wheelchairs last week from Biogen, a Cambridge-based company innovating medical therapies for people with neuromuscular diseases, such as ALS. Our donations coordinator, Ken MacDonald, and I had an opportunity to speak with 86 Biogen employees who built the wheelchairs as part of a daylong team-building exercise. We let them know that manual wheelchairs are the most requested piece of medical equipment that REquipment receives. Last… Biogen’s TeamBonding Benefits REquipment!Read Biogen’s TeamBonding Benefits REquipment!
REquipment, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members: Ken MacDonald and Virginia “Ginny” Morse. Ken and Ginny are job-sharing the REquipment Program Coordinator position. Welcome aboard! We are lucky to have two fabulously experienced DME professionals coordinating REquipment services. Before REquipment, Inc., Ken MacDonald worked for 17 years coordinating operations at a national DME provider and within a Massachusetts healthcare provider. For the past few years, he has consulted to… REquipment Welcomes Ken and Ginny!Read REquipment Welcomes Ken and Ginny!
With funding from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, REquipment, Inc. has purchased a new-to-us lift-equipped van! The van means we can collect and deliver donated equipment faster than our current turn-around cycle and overall more people will get what they need to live better in their communities. Two weeks ago, the van was officially transferred to our Reuse Site partner, the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (PRHC). PRHC has been a REquipment partner since the inception… REquipment Gets New Wheels!Read REquipment Gets New Wheels!
Here is a picture of James and Ron. James contacted us a few weeks ago to ask our assistance in getting a fellow homeless veteran living at the “Soldier On” facility at the VA hospital in Leeds a power wheelchair. James sent us this picture a few days ago showing the morning he came down to breakfast to see the big smile on Ron’s face that the chair had been delivered. Not all veterans have… We are here for VeteransRead We are here for Veterans
We rely on donations of gently-used durable medical equipment from individuals, facilities and organizations to meet the equipment needs of elders and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts. Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth has been a generous donor of their overflow equipment to us. Last month we acquired 5 power wheelchairs in excellent condition that will be posted in our inventory soon. If you have gently-used equipment you want to donate please complete our online… Thank You Compassionate Care ALSRead Thank You Compassionate Care ALS
Coming soon to our REquipment inventory: a pediatric Permobil powerchair that can raise a child up to eye level or bring down to crawl onto the floor. Very cool.Read Coming Soon to our Inventory!
Thanks, everyone, for making stories like this one possible. Last month we had the privilege to make a real difference for a homeless 10-year-old boy. Ricky has a degenerative skeletal disease and a broken leg. Getting around with a manual wheelchair while awaiting surgery is not an option because manual chairs are too difficult for him to push. He is currently living with his aunt, who plans to help him recuperate following his surgery and… Ricky Loves his Powerchair!Read Ricky Loves his Powerchair!
REquipment was pleased last month to make a big difference in the day-to-day mobility of Roxanne Haecker. Roxanne is the Director of Education and Workforce Development at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard. She called us in March, explaining she has a spinal cord injury, and that she’s in need of a power wheelchair to get back and forth to work. Accustomed to using a manual chair, Roxanne was lately finding it was more and more difficult… Roxanne Haecker Finds Power with REquipmentRead Roxanne Haecker Finds Power with REquipment
Do you love the REquipment mission? Are you interested in helping us expand our reuse program and steer our vision? Perhaps you’ve benefitted from REquipment in the past? If the answer is yes, then please consider applying for REquipment DME and AT Reuse Program’s Board of Directors! As a new non-profit, we are looking for people with a strong desire to advance our mission of durable medical equipment and assistive technology reuse. We are particularly… Join the REQUIPMENT, Inc. Board of Directors!Read Join the REQUIPMENT, Inc. Board of Directors!