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Happy Earth Day 2022 To AT Reuse Programs!
Did you know that most states and territories have a program supporting the reuse of durable medical equipment? This Earth Day, we are celebrating the role assistive technology (AT) Reuse Programs play to keep durable medical equipment out of scrap metal dumpsters, and with families and individuals who need it.
Especially during the time of COVID-19.
Last year, over 68,000 gently-used devices were acquired through AT Reuse Programs across the nation. These devices saved individuals and families $28,430,000, savings which in many cases don’t begin to touch the value of these wheelchairs, rollators, and shower benches (to name a few device types).
Durable medical equipment has always played a vital role in keeping older adults safe at home. But during the pandemic, staying safe took on a whole new meaning. Long-term care environments struggled with rolling lockdowns and tragic losses. Family members reached out looking for free or affordable equipment that could bring loved-ones home. For the reuse programs, closing their doors was not an option. When COVID-19 descended, many programs quickly developed new protocols, enforced rigorous sanitizing procedures, and found ways to provide zero-contact pickups and dropoffs. As a result, many older adults and others at risk of illness came home or stayed home with the support of safety and mobility equipment.
If you have durable medical equipment you or a loved one is no longer using, consider donating to your state or territory reuse program. Keeping valuable durable medical equipment out of landfills and waste transfer stations makes good sense. It’s also about being a good neighbor. Over 90% of device recipients in 2021 reported they could not afford the equipment any other way.
Free or low-cost power wheelchairs, rollators, standers, pediatric equipment, shower chairs (and more!) help community members stay safe at home and active in their communities.
The AT3 Center, the Association of AT Act Programs (ATAP), and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) make no endorsement, representation, or warranty expressed or implied for any product, device, or information set forth in this blog. The AT3 Center, ATAP, and ACL have not examined, reviewed, or tested any product or device hereto referred.
The Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3 Center) is a project funded under grant award #90ATT0003 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL). The AT3 Center provides technical assistance and support to AT Act Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). The AT3 Center is a sponsored project of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP). The information on this website does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ACL, and no official endorsement should be inferred.
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