It’s awful to be 12 years old with suddenly no way to get around. Nearly as awful as being that 12-year-old’s parents! Lilli went to the mountain February 2nd and broke both her legs snowboarding. Yes, both. Her legs were cast above the knee, and she was summarily discharged home… with no medical equipment! No wheelchair. No way to shower (or access the bathroom). No way to attend school. No way for both parents to… Lilli Gets WheelsRead Lilli Gets Wheels
Throughout the month of January, REquipment went head-to-head with Catie’s Closet for a $1,000 prize sponsored by MillTown Plumbing, a local business that routinely nominates do-gooder organizations like ours to compete via votes cast at their website. Success hinges on the passion of each nonprofit’s community and social media prowess. We are so proud of all of you for engaging in this fun this month, and propelling us to an exciting nail-biting finish! A sample… The Power of Your Enthusiasm!Read The Power of Your Enthusiasm!
Ordinarily, REquipment serves Massachusetts. We provide donated, refurbished durable medical equipment to individuals with disabilities statewide at no charge. When requests come from beyond Massachusetts, our policy is to make equipment available that has remained listed in our inventory for 90 days (occasionally we provide DME for national disaster relief efforts, too). This year we were delighted to see three of our wheelchairs take a very special trip: to clinics for children in Port Au… Better Mobility for Kids with Wheelchair Works for HaitiRead Better Mobility for Kids with Wheelchair Works for Haiti
My name is JoJo and I acquired a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in April of 2017. I was in a nursing home until my doctors could get me a wheelchair to use to get home. Shortly after returning home, my family and I realized that due to the impact the TBI has had on my ability to move my arms, the manual wheelchair was not going to work for me. My family and I searched everywhere… Guest post: My Limitless PotentialRead Guest post: My Limitless Potential
Last week I received an email from Tom Filiault, the DME Reuse Site coordinator at Stavros CIL in Amherst. The email included a picture of an elderly woman, Frances Crowe, who’d recently received a refurbished power wheelchair from REquipment, our durable medical equipment reuse program. In the photo, Crowe is beaming with Bob Blain, a Stavros delivery driver, in front of a large portrait of Sojourner Truth (the abolitionist and fugitive slave). Crowe wears a… No Time to Slow Down–A Power Chair for Frances CroweRead No Time to Slow Down–A Power Chair for Frances Crowe
This was a different kind of year for REquipment at Abilities Expo Boston. The Expo is an annual event with workshops and technologies on display for people with disabilities, everything from adapted play equipment and robotic technologies to the latest in mobility devices. As a reuse program, we don’t always fit in with all the cutting-edge gadgets that most people attend to see. But we’ve always had a great reception and a wonderful time explaining… A Different Year at Abilities ExpoRead A Different Year at Abilities Expo
REquipment celebrated its 5th anniversary in fiscal year 2018 and crossed an important milestone with statewide outreach. We more than doubled device donations to the program! In 2017, REquipment received gently-used DME from 369 individuals or entities, amounting to 453 devices. During 2018, we received 1,176 devices from 636 sources. This amounts to a 160% increase in devices donations and a 72% increase in device donors. We have two reasons for such success. The first… REquipment Doubles Device Donations!Read REquipment Doubles Device Donations!
Last week our donations coordinator, Dan, received a call from a woman whose fiancé had died unexpectedly. She had just a few days to clean out his apartment and she didn’t want to see his power and manual wheelchairs put into a landfill. Dan explained our donations process and told her that our drivers work part time, so it might take a few weeks for us to pick up. Clearly, that timeline was not going… Every Wheelchair Tells a StoryRead Every Wheelchair Tells a Story
We are thrilled to report that last month REquipment was awarded $1,000 from The Awesome Foundation for our “Buy a Battery–Give Independence” project. The funds will allow us to put new batteries in 5 to 6 donated power wheelchairs and make them available to people who need mobility. What could be more awesome? Every year REquipment receives donations of valuable powered mobility equipment. The DME is worth many thousands of dollars and it’s ironic if… The Awesome Foundation Recognizes REquipment!Read The Awesome Foundation Recognizes REquipment!
One of the most important practices for a reuse program is to ensure the equipment made available to the public has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The REquipment DME Reuse Program takes this very seriously. A few years ago, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission invested in the purchase of three HubScrub machines for the program. These machines are like a very large front-loading washer; yet they accommodate manual wheelchairs, tub seats, shower chairs and any non-electric… How Do We Clean Your DME? We Toss It In The Washing Machine!Read How Do We Clean Your DME? We Toss It In The Washing Machine!