How to Get Free Used Medical Equipment

(Last Updated On: April 9, 2019)

Used medical equipment can be an answer to prayer when you’re broke but desperately in need of a wheelchair or other DME device. It is our privilege to connect you with agencies that can provide you with free, refurbished, gently used medical equipment.

Of course, these programs are usually very local so you’ll need to scroll to find your state!

What is used medical equipment?

Used medical equipment refers to clean, refurbished durable medical equipment. These items, like wheelchairs and hospital beds, are no longer needed by their original owners. They have been donated, fixed up, cleaned thoroughly and are now available to others who may need them. Since most of these items are donated, they are usually available for free.

Examples of used medical equipment include:

  • Wheelchairs (including vehicle lifts and portable wheelchair ramps)
  • Personal mobility devices
  • Geriatric and seat lift chairs
  • Breathing equipment
  • Hospital beds
  • Bedside commodes
  • Shower chairs
  • Sensory aids

Obviously, the inventory varies depending on the donations received by each agency. You’ll need to contact the provider nearest you for details.

Who qualifies for free used medical equipment?

We have listed many, many different used medical equipment providers in this list. Each one sets their own standards for who qualifies for their items. Some agencies serve everyone, with no restrictions. Some have income guidelines, location guidelines or other criteria. You’ll have to contact the agency to get more information about who qualifies for their program.

woman smiles because she received free used medical equipment

Alabama

CARE Program in Montgomery is operated by the Easter Seals of Central Alabama. Visit the Easter Seals website for more information and an application.

Mobile Reuse Project in Mobile is operated by the Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast. This program provides financial assistance that can help low income families purchase used medical equipment or modifications.

R.E.A.L. Project in Dothan refurbishes used medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, ramps, lift chairs, breathing equipment and more. REAL stands for “Refurbished Equipment Assisting Lives.”

ReMEDy Project in Birmingham has devices that can help you with walking, rolling, bathing, lifting, carrying and sleeping.

Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham is listed as a participant in AT4ALL, a program that provides assistive technology to those in need.

T.A.S.C of UCP in Huntsville also provides durable medical equipment.

Waste Not Program in Huntsville is also a AT4ALL partner.

We Share Project in Mobile also has their inventory listed online.

Alaska

Assistive Technology of Alaska in Anchorage provides aids for daily living, blindness, low vision, communication, deafness, environmental and educational needs.

Access Alaska Loan Closet in Anchorage operates during certain hours. Check the site for details.

Arizona

Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange (ATEX) in Phoenix provides communication, mobility, daily living aids, vehicle modifications and more.

Arkansas

Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN) serves all of Arkansas with free and low-cost used medical equipment.

California

A Soldier’s Dove provides used medical equipment to those in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Able People Foundation connects people with the equipment they need. Apply here!

AT Exchange empowers people to find free and low-cost used medical equipment. You can borrow devices for 30 days to try them out. You may also be able to buy, sell and give away other equipment on this platform.

Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC) provides used medical equipment, installation, delivery and repair.

Convalescent Aid Society has over 18,000 items available.

Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove provides assistive technology to Orange County residents in need.

Disability Action Center provides durable medical equipment and assistive technology.

FREED offers used medical equipment for residents in Colusa, Nevada, Sierra, Sutter, and Yuba counties.

Independent Living Resources (IRL) provides assistive technology help to residents of Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Independent Living Resource Center (IRLC) provides assistance to those in the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Resources for Independent Living of Central Valley provides recycled assistive technology that may be loaned or donated to the client, depending on your circumstances.

Tri-County Independent Living A.Tin Eureka is listed as having used medical equipment available in many resource guides.

Colorado

Good Health Will of both Loveland and Greeley provides used medical equipment to those in need. Their donations vary by the day, so it’s important to call ahead and ask if they have what you need.

Connecticut

Assistive Technology Loan Program (ATLP) at the Connecticut Tech Act Project can help! They provide loans to disabled individuals, to help them get adaptive equipment.

Delaware

Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRC) are located in each county in Delaware. These agencies stock all sorts of equipment, software and toys. You don’t even need to know what you’re looking for! Just contact them and describe your needs. These centers are open to the public and free for Delaware residents.

District of Columbia (DC)

Assistive Technology Program loans out assistive devices and durable medical equipment to low income DC residents.

Equipment Connections for Children provides adaptive equipment for low income children who outgrow their equipment.

Florida

Clinics Can Help provides free surplus and used medical equipment.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) provides AT demonstrations and device loans through various centers across the state.

Centers for Independent Living are located across the state. Each agency has some sort of assistive technology center or durable medical equipment loan program. For more information, please contact the one closest to you:

Georgia

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is a statewide service that helps children under age three who have developmental delays or disabilities. This service may provide assistive technology, therapies, and more.

disABILITY LINK provides a loan closet for durable medical equipment and technology.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) offers used medical equipment, assistive technology and more. It costs $25 to register as a new client.

Walton Options for Independent Living has access to a STAR Program warehouse of equipment. They may also be able to assist with home modifications and other needs.

Hawaii

Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii gives clients the opportunity to try AT before purchasing it. They have an AT Exchange that offers items for little to no cost. They also offer low-cost, extended-term loans of up to $30,000 to help you purchase the items you need.

Idaho

AT4ALL Idaho provides a searchable directory of used medical equipment that is either free, low-cost or available to be borrowed. There are currently over 4,900 items available across the state!

Idaho Assistive Technology Project provides demos and low-cost loans to help people buy the items they need. They also have a computer distribution program for low income students.

Illinois

Illinois Assistive Technology Program provides free used medical equipment through their AT Classifieds program. They also provide low-cost loans to help you purchase equipment you might need.

LIFE Center for Independent Living offers a lending library for durable medical equipment. They also offer free assistive technology for those who are suffering vision loss or hearing loss.

Options Center for Independent Living offers free equipment loans to disabled individuals.

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago provides free used medical equipment, home modifications and refurbished computers for students in Special Education programs.

Indiana

Easter Seals Crossroads maintains a list of free and for-loan items available across the state.

Iowa

Easter Seals Iowa offers an assistive technology program and a durable medical equipment loan program.

Habitat for Humanity Restore offers low-cost used medical equipment and other items. Call ahead to see what’s in stock!

Kansas

Assistive Technology for Kansans serves all of Kansas. They offer used medical equipment loans, funding assistance, demonstrations and more.

Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation provides funding assistance for people with disabilities throughout Kansas. They may be able to help you purchase power wheelchairs, van lifts, home modifications and other expensive disability items.

Independence Inc. offers an equipment loan program.

Independent Living Resource Center operates the Medical Equipment Recycling Network (MERN).

Occupational Center of Central Kansas is a statewide lending closet. You can reach them at (800) 526-9731.

Prairie Independent Living Resource Center also has a loan closet. There is a $5 application fee for most items. For powered items, such as mobility scooters, there is a $25 application fee.

Three Rivers Independent Living Center has a no-cost equipment loan program.

Witchita Medical Loan Closet provides used medical equipment. You will need to pay a small one-time donation fee but you can keep the equipment as long as you need it. When you’re done, return it to the closet so they can loan it to someone else!

Kentucky

Bluegrass Technology Center has a lending library and assistive technology reuse program.

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) has five assistive resource centers throughout Kentucky. These centers provide an equipment lending library as well as other resources.

Louisiana

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network provides a device loan program, demonstrations, an AT exchange and more. They do charge a small fee and limit loans to 35 days. The program is designed to help you avoid purchasing something that doesn’t meet your needs.

Maine

Spurwink AllTech has an assistive device demonstration and loaner program.

Maryland

Equipment Connections for Children provides adaptive equipment for low income children who outgrow their equipment.

Loan Closet of Howard County provides free used medical equipment to Howard County residents.

Maryland Assistive Technology Equipment Reuse is a Facebook group designed to help Maryland residents find free equipment.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program offers low-interest financial assistance, a lending program, and more.

Massachusetts

AT Regional Centers (ATRC) serve all the areas of Massachusetts. Visit one to learn about, try or borrow AT devices.

DME Requipment offers free used medical equipment to adults, children and the elderly who live in Massachusetts.

Stavros helps with wheelchair ramps, used medical equipment loans and more.

Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help elderly and disabled people purchase equipment.

Michigan

Michigan Assistive Technology Program provides free device demonstrations and short term loans.

Minnesota

Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota offers device demonstrations and loans.

System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) provides device demonstrations, device loans, and a reuse program.

MN Special Needs Equipment for Sale is a Facebook group that can help you find low cost used medical equipment in your area.

Mississippi

Mississippi Project START provides statewide assistance. They have a device loan, device reuse and computer refurbishment program.

Missouri

Accessibility Medical Equipment offers low-cost used medical equipment, including CPAPs and hospital beds. As their tagline states, they are changing the price of medical equipment.

Paraquad provides used medical equipment at a low cost. Many of their items are just $15 to $20.

St. Louis HELP provides free medical equipment through a reuse program.

Montana

MonTech has a used medical equipment loan program! You can borrow up to 12 items at a time for 30-180 days!

Nebraska

AT4ALL is a statewide service for assistive technology. You can use their website to find demonstrations, short-term loans, free items and items for sale.

Nevada

CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada provides free services to low-income Nevadans. Their services include prescription assistance, free used medical equipment, diabetic supplies, medical nutrition services and more.

The Foundation Assisting Seniors provides short-term item loans to seniors throughout southern Nevada.

New Hampshire

Refurbished Equipment Marketplace provides low-cost DME for up to 90% off the MSRP!

New Jersey

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) has device demonstrations, loans, a reuse program and more.

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment has a special warehouse in New Jersey for low-cost supplies and devices.

New Mexico

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) provides device demos, device loans and financial loans to New Mexico residents who need assistance.

New York

Maximizing Independent Living Choices hosts a loan closet for all residents of St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. In addition to the usual DME inventory, they also have recreational all-terrain wheelchairs, access mats, and beach wheelchairs.

Suffolk Independent Living Organization has 300 pieces of equipment that are available to borrow.

Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) is available at twelve regional TRAID centers across the state. These centers offer device lending services, demonstrations and more.

Wonderful Wheelchairs is a volunteer organization that collects, refurbishes and sells power and manual mobility aids for very low prices.

North Carolina

Assist ME provides gently used medical equipment to low income, uninsured patients who can’t otherwise afford it.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program provides assistive technology all across NC. They provide short-term loans, a reuse program and more.

North Dakota

AT4ALL maintains a list of assistive devices that are available. Some are available for demonstrations only, but others are available to borrow or buy.

North Dakota Assistive hosts demonstrations, a loan program, a reuse program and financing programs. They also provide grants to help people afford the technology they need.

Ohio

Easter Seals has a medical equipment loan center. You can borrow items for up to 90 days.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has a medical equipment loaner program that is available by appointment only. You’ll need to pay $5 for the rental deposit, but you’ll get your money back when you return it.

Services for Independent Living loans out used medical equipment. Equipment can be kept as long as it is needed.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma ABLE Tech can help you locate needed equipment for a reasonable price. They have a loan program, a reuse program and more.

Oregon

Access Technologies has a free device library that can help. You’ll have to pay a one-time $9 maintenance and refurbishment charge before you borrow your first item.

Pennsylvania

Changing Hands is a used medical equipment exchange for Pennsylvania residents.

Liberty Retreads offers free, clean, inspected and recycled wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Medical Equipment Recycling Program assists those who do not have insurance coverage or who otherwise don’t have the means for items.

MN Special Needs Equipment for Sale is a Facebook group that can help you find affordable used items.

Technology for Our Whole Lives (TechOWL) has organized a lending library. You can access their items at eight separate locations around PA:

  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) in Allentown
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCPCA) in Camp Hill
  • Community Resources for Independence (CRI) in Erie
  • PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) in Philadelphia
  • Community Living and Support (CLS) in Pittsburgh
  • Life and Independence for Today (LIFT)in Saint Marys
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UCPNEPA) in Scranton
  • Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) in Washington
  • Roads to Freedom (RTF) in Williamsport

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living hosts an assistive technology lending library. You can borrow up to five items at a time.

Rhode Island

New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) has device rentals and other services.

Robert J. Allen Medical Equipment Distribution Center provides medical equipment to those in need.

South Carolina

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) hosts device demonstrations, device loans, equipment reuse programs, training, technical assistance and more.

Touch the Future offers refurbished computers, assistive technology grants and more.

Walton Options for Independent Living assists with home modifications, assistive technology and more.

South Dakota

AT4ALL is an online directory of assistive technology and used medical equipment available in South Dakota. It includes hundreds of items available from three distribution centers in the state.

Tennessee

Goodwill HELPS is a service provided by the Goodwill thrift stores. This program provides free used medical equipment to those who can’t afford it.

Mid-South Access Center for Technology has a loan library that serves the Greater Memphis area.

Signal Centers provides many services related to assistive technology.

Spark provides assistive technology through a loan program. They also provide information, training and more.

Star Center provides demonstrations, loans, and a reuse program for used medical equipment.

Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP) is a statewide program designed to provide device demos, loans, funding assistance and more.

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee operates an equipment exchange. They serve everyone, regardless of their diagnosis.

Texas

Age of Central Texas has a health equipment lending program. Their loans have no costs and no time limits.

DME Exchange of Dallas serves Dallas County residents with used medical equipment. You must meet income and residency requirements to receive assistance.

Good Wheelchairs provides low-cost, gently used wheelchairs, electric scooters and power chairs.

Medcy Inc is a thrift store for gently used or new medical items and supplies.

Project Mend offers a Medical Equipment Reuse program. You’ll need a prescription or letter of medical necessity in order to receive an item.

Rainbow Senior Center operates a Home Health Closet that contains some used medical equipment. You can borrow items for free regardless of age or income.

Utah

Ability 1st Utah provides a used medical equipment loan bank. The initial loan period is 90 days, but can be extended if there are no other requests for that item.

Utah Assistive Technology Program provides demos, loaner equipment and more. In order to access their services, you need to visit one of their centers:

  • Active Re-Entry (serving Eastern Utah)
  • Ability First (serving Utah, Wasatch, Juab, and Sanpete Counties)
  • Options for Independence (serving Box Elder, Cache and Rich Counties)
  • Red Rock Center for Independence (serving Southwest Utah)
  • Utah Independent Living Center (serving Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Counties)

Vermont

Assistive Technology Program provides opportunities for disabled persons to try, borrow and buy various assistive technology devices.

Virginia

All Blessings Flow provides free medical equipment to those who need it.

Centers for Independent Living may operate equipment lending libraries. There are many CILs in Virginia.

  • Access Independence (AI) in Winchester
  • Appalachian Independence Center (AIC) in Abingdon
  • Blue Ridge Independent Living Center (BRILC) in Roanoke
  • Clinch Independent Living Services (CILS) in Grundy
  • Disability Resource Center (dRC) in Fredericksburg
  • Disability Rights & Resource Center in Rocky Mt.
  • Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living 9ESCIL) in Exmore
  • Endependence Center Inc. (ECI) in Norfolk, Arlington and Manassas
  • Indepence Empowerment Center (EIC) in Manassas
  • Independence Resource Center (IRC) in Charlottsville
  • Junction Center for Independent Living (JCIL) in Wise
  • Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living (LACIL) in Lynchburg
  • New River Valley Disability Resource Center (NRVDRC) in Christiansburg
  • Penninsula Center for Independent Living (PCIL) in Hampton
  • Resources for Independent Living (RIL) in Richmond
  • Valley Associates for Independent Living (VAIL) in Harrisonburg

Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) provides no-cost medical equipment to children who need adaptive equipment.

disAbility Resource Center hosts Equipment Connection, which provides medical items to those who need them.

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment (FREE) provides equipment at no cost. Contact your local chapter for assistance.

Virginia Reuse Network (VRN) provides gently used medical equipment to those who need it. The program does have financial and medical requirements.

Washington

Helpline House loans assistive devices to Bainbridge Island residents.

Knights of Columbus hosts the Knights Community Hospital Equipment Lend Program. This program provides medical items to those in the Wenatchee Valley. There is a similar program in Pasco also.

Meyer Medical Equipment Center helps everyone who needs help. They have no income or eligibility requirements for most items. A medical pre-authorization is required for electric wheelchairs and power scooters, however.

MS Helping Hands Donor Closet provides low-cost used medical equipment.

Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank offers free equipment and supplies to those who can’t afford them.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program provides funding, equipment loans, reuse and more to people who need assistance.

West Virginia

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living provide an assistive technology loaner program. They serve all West Virginia residents.

West Virginia’s Assistive Technology Loan Library has an online list of devices available to be tried, borrowed or bought. They currently have more than 3,500 items available to borrow from 10 agencies around the state.

Wisconsin

AT4ALL maintains a list of used medical equipment that you can try, borrow or buy in Wisconsin. The site currently shows over 9,000 items from 13 agencies around the state.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in Kenosha County provides free loaner equipment.

Independence First offers assistive technology that can be borrowed. There is a $5 charge to check out items.

Wyoming

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) maintains at AT4ALL list that features over 1,500 items that can be tried, borrowed or bought for free or low-cost.

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