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Free medical equipment for seniors and disabled.

Find agencies that provide disabled people as well as senior citizens free medical or healthcare equipment. There are charities that may be near you, non-profits, federal and state government assistance programs as well as corporations that all try to help the vulnerable. The elderly and disabled often live on a fixed income, and these organizations listed below try to them with free medical equipment, including for breathing or mobility issues, home repairs, wheelchairs or ramps, safety items for the bathroom, diabetes supplies and more.

Financial assistance programs can also help pay for medical equipment or supplies too. For example, Medicaid can pay for some mobility equipment, such as scooters or power wheelchairs, but it does depend on state. Medicare generally does not offer financial assistance or free medical equipment except under unusual circumstances. Some charities may also provide grants to help pay for disability related or health care equipment, but it varies.

Local or national charities can help too. There is free or discounted medical equipment for seniors and or disabled from Medical Loan Closets as well as Agency on Aging Centers. Some nationwide charities, such as the Salvation Army or community action agencies, may have gently used, free health care equipment such walkers, raised toilet seats and more. Find details below.

Charities and non-profits near you that give free medical equipment

A charity near you can often have a limited inventory of free, or low cost, medical equipment as well as other supplies. Some items may be sold at a thrift store. Charities may also give seniors citizens and/or the disabled free medical equipment or financial aid (or vouchers) to help pay for it. Options include the following.

Agency on Aging centers are located in most cities, counties, and states. They are non-profits, sometimes funded by public funds. Senior citizens, retirees, the disabled and people who are sick can get help. Everything from meals to free medial equipment, home repairs, Hoyer lifts, medical alert systems, CPAP machines and more may be offered. Find free assistance programs from Agency on Aging offices.

National charities, including the Salvation Army, Saint Vincent de Paul Conferences as well as Catholic Charities may all give free or cheap medical equipment to clients. It tends to be more basic items, such as crutches, compression clothing, canes, diabetes equipment and more. Some goods may be refurbished, gently used, or sold at a thrift store or medical equipment closet. Find details on the charities.

 

 

 

  • Salvation Army has locations in all towns and cities nationwide. Get items like slip resistant mats, arthritis aids, toilet safety bars and more. Find a Salvation Army center near you.
     
  • Catholic Charities assists people regardless of religion and give the free medical stuff they need. Some of the medical equipment is free, or items may be sold at a very low rate. More on help from Catholic Charities.
     
  • St. Vincent de Paul is made up of many volunteers and parishes that give free medical items, clothes, and more. They have thrift stores, medical loan closets, equipment for diabetics, food and more. Continue with SVDP assistance programs near you.

Cancer patients can get free medical supplies and equipment, regardless of age. However, a focus is on the elderly as well as disabled. There may be bed pads, testing equipment, wigs or hair pieces, wheelchairs, and more. Free equipment may be offered by charities such as National Children Cancer Society, Life Beyond Cancer, CancerCareCoPay and many others. Learn more on benefits for cancer patients.

Health care clinics often have free medical equipment for the disabled, poor, low income, and elderly as well as others. Many are federal government qualified centers that also give free healthcare supplies to the uninsured as well as those on Medicaid or Medicare. There may be shower mats, Nebulizer, breathing machines, exercise balls and so much more. Read more about free health clinics.

Medical equipment loan closets near you are also operated by many non-profits as well as charities. While they do give free supplies and equipment to the disabled, homebound, and seniors, the client needs to borrow the items. This means the medical equipment needs to be returned to the charity once the medical condition has been resolved. But they can also be another resource.  More on medical loan closets.

 

 

 

 

Free healthcare equipment or medical supplies from the government or corporations

There are two federal/state government health insurance programs that may help. Medicare can, in some cases, help beneficiaries (seniors or the disabled) pay for medical equipment or give out free items. Each public assistance program varies though.

  • Medicaid may provide free medical equipment, but it depends on the state. As this benefit program uses a combination of state and federal government funds, and each state has its own types and forms of coverage. Learn about Medicaid planning.
  • Medicare is run by the federal government, and it give free medical equipment to seniors (or people with a disability who get Medicare). However, the applicant needs to be almost immobile and ore homebound to get it. Learn more about what Medicare is.

Pharmaceutical companies and other corporations may offer free diabetes equipment and supplies. There may be glucose test strips, insulin syringes or pumps, Glucometer and even free and/or cheap insulin. While these forms of assistance are for anyone on a low income or who lacks health insurance, senior citizens and anyone with a disability (who is also diabetic) can also use them.  Find free diabetes supplies and equipment.

Free government health insurance plans, in particular for low-income seniors or the disabled, can not only pay for medical bills, but many provide any needed healthcare equipment too. There are state and federal options, even assistance from Christian health sharing plans. Most of these free medical equipment assistance programs are for people who now lack health insurance or that are in poverty, or that have a very low income. Locate health care for free.

By Jon McNamara

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