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!
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!