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!
Dan Perkins is joining the REquipment team and we couldn’t be more delighted! His skills, experience, and, frankly, sense of humor make him a remarkable fit for our Durable Medical Equipment (DME) reuse program. Clearly, he has plotted each of his life’s undertakings as stepping stones to our doorstep and this position… Dan has thirteen years experience working in the DME and Assistive Technology field. Prior to REquipment, Dan worked as a retail manager with… Welcome Dan Perkins, REquipment’s New Donations Coordinator!Read Welcome Dan Perkins, REquipment’s New Donations Coordinator!
REquipment is thrilled to announce a donation drop-off site in Salem. No longer will people need to drive their gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) to Canton or wait 3-4 weeks for our van to pick up DME from their homes. Drop-offs at the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (ILCNSCA) can be arranged in a matter of days. Lisa Orgettas, ILCNSCA Executive Director says, “We are thrilled to be able to… Announcing a Donation Drop-off Site in Salem!Read Announcing a Donation Drop-off Site in Salem!
Hey folks! Are you spring cleaning? If so, look and see if you have durable medical equipment (DME) that you’re no longer using. REquipment is holding two DME Donation Drives in June and we want to see you there! WORCESTER: June 2nd, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at our Worcester Reuse Partner site, 324 Clark Street, Worcester. CAMBRIDGE: June 16th, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge facility, 1575 Cambridge… Upcoming REquipment Donation Drives–Drop Off Your DME!Read Upcoming REquipment Donation Drives–Drop Off Your DME!