On April 12th, REquipment had the privilege of attending an assistive technology (AT) symposium held by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in its southeast region. The event attracted 250 individuals including DDS staff, AT vendors, and other professionals who came to hear people with disabilities and their AT specialists talk about the positive impact assistive technology has had on their lives. This was a wonderful opportunity for REquipment to inform and update DME users… REquipment Reaches Out at DDS Assistive Technology SymposiumRead REquipment Reaches Out at DDS Assistive Technology Symposium
REquipment is suffering from success. Since September we’ve given away over 70 refurbished power wheelchairs, the most expensive items in our inventory. New, these powerchairs range from $5,000 (basic models) to $45,000 (custom configurations). As you can imagine, giving away equipment this expensive makes a remarkable difference in the lives of people who request it. The challenge now is to keep pace with device donations and demand. Our staff spends most of their time evaluating,… Make a Powerful Donation–Sponsor a Battery!Read Make a Powerful Donation–Sponsor a Battery!
Our March 3rd interview with Senator Harriette Chandler is now available for viewing. Unfortunately, captions are not yet available (we are requesting this of WCCA). To read about our Beacon Hill Chat interview visit this REquipment blog post. For the video, click the image below.Read REquipment’s Beacon Hill Chat Now Available
Pay It Forward is a great way to think about DME reuse. Rather than paying someone back who helps us, we “pay it forward” to the next person in need. At REquipment, we help community members “pay it forward” all the time. Someone pays it forward with the donation of durable medical equipment (DME) so we can refurbish it for someone else. From there the cycle keeps going, gaining momentum, and hopefully gathering up more… Pay It Forward!Read Pay It Forward!
Yesterday was Independent Living Education Day at the State House. The event is a great opportunity to educate lawmakers on the challenges persons with disabilities face and the role REquipment plays to support their community living. Below is my testimony: Crossing a Boston street, a woman using a power-assist manual wheelchair broke her front caster on the trolley track. Her DME company said it would take 2 weeks to get the part and fix it.… REquipment Attends Independent Living Education DayRead REquipment Attends Independent Living Education Day
On March 3rd, Senator Harriette Chandler invited our durable medical reuse program to her community access TV show Beacon Hill Chat. Sen. Chandler learned about us at a recent legislative forum hosted by Easter Seals, the Center for Living and Working and Elder Services of Worcester. She clearly loved the program’s mission and wanted to assist us with spreading the word among her constituents in Central Massachusetts. We were delighted! Senator Chandler expected to interview… Beacon Hill Chat Spotlights REquipment!Read Beacon Hill Chat Spotlights REquipment!
Spring is only two weeks away and in some places the crocuses are already blooming! National Seating and Mobility (NSM), a durable medical equipment company serving Massachusetts, recently started spring cleaning early in concert with their move to new quarters. As a result of their cleaning, they donated many pieces of durable medical equipment to REquipment including… 6 manual wheelchairs, 5 power wheelchairs, 1 scooter, 1 sling lift, 7 tub/shower chairs, 1 stander, 1 positioning… National Seating and Mobility is Spring Cleaning — How about You?Read National Seating and Mobility is Spring Cleaning — How about You?
REquipment’s new program director brings a wealth of experience and expertise. Last week, Jennifer Baker joined the REquipment, Inc. staff after more than thirteen years with the New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center at Oakhill in Connecticut. “I needed a new adventure,” she says. “Helping to streamline and grow the Commonwealth’s newly-statewide DME reuse program just looked like a logical fit.” Jennifer was instrumental in the formation of the NEAT reuse program in Hartford thirteen… Search Over!Read Search Over!
Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children–formerly the Mass Hospital School–is on track to nearly double the number of durable medical devices (DME) they refurbish and deliver to persons with disabilities this year. Pappas has been a REquipment partner since the durable medical equipment (DME) reuse program was first piloted in 2013. In 2016, the REquipment program received state funding, allowing us to put additional contracted staff with Pappas. The impact is already impressive. In the first… Pappas Rehab Expands its Reuse Impact!Read Pappas Rehab Expands its Reuse Impact!
Betsy had a wonderful smile and an elegant way of speaking. Soft spoken but not shy, she pursued her passions. After eight years working with Partners HealthCare, Betsy left in December 2015 to follow her dream of painting. We were saddened to hear of her passing in June of 2016. When the REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program was funded as a pilot in greater Boston in 2013, we felt having an advisory committee of… Tribute to Betsy PillsburyRead Tribute to Betsy Pillsbury