FREE Medical Equipment in Houston
If you or someone you know has chronic medical problems you know that medical expenses can quickly add up.
While I don’t have a sure fire way to lower the cost of your co-payments or insurance premiums I can help you save by offering you leads to free medical equipment in Houston.
Recently I did some digging and discovered two local agencies who provide medical equipment to essentially anyone with a disability who asks!
FREE Medical Equipment in Houston
Houston Council for Independent Living
In addition to care coordination and independent living skills, they also offer free medical equipment to those with a disability. HCIL doesn’t keep a stockpile of equipment although walkers, wheelchairs and shower seats are common items you’ll find at HCIL from time to time.
To receive medical equipment from HCIL you’ve got to first pick up the phone and call them at 713.974.4621 and ask about donated equipment.
The second thing you or your client must do is enroll in one of their many programs. Again HCIL offers services like care coordination, independent living, referrals to assisted living facilities and even educates you on your rights via advocacy classes. Enroll in any of these programs and HCIL will potentially assist you with obtaining medical equipment.
For more information on HCIL contact them at 713.974.4621, visit their website HCIL.CC or visit their office at 6201 Bonhomme Rd, Suite 150-S Houston, TX 77036.
If you can’t find what you need at HCIL your next option is RSVP Texas.
RSVP is an organization run by nothing but volunteers. The main services they provide are rehabilitation services as well as medical equipment to those with a disability.
RSVP receives donations from the community and then offers the medical equipment to those in the community in need.
RSVP only offers medical equipment on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
To receive medical equipment you need to show up at 7100 Grand Blvd Houston, TX 77054 on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The individual in need of the medical equipment must attend to ensure there is a proper need, make sure the fit is right and demonstrate the proper use. In some instances, RSVP will make an allowance for therapist or case managers, but this is on a case by case basis.
To donate your medical equipment to RSVP go HERE.
For more information on RSVP services see the contact information below:
7100 Grand Blvd Houston, TX 77036 – 855.825.7787 – firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP provides patients with DME on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Here’s the 2018 schedule of dates RSVP will be donating medical equipment to those in need:
- May 12th
- June 9th
- July 14th
- August 11th
- September 8th
- October 13th
- November 10th
- December 8th – call to confirm for December
Area Agency on Aging
If you can’t find free medical equipment in Houston at either of the agencies above try the local Area Agency on Aging. Not to be confused with the Largest Motor Club, “Triple A” is the authority on services for seniors.
Contact them at 832.393.430, via email at email@example.com, website Area Agency on Aging or stop by their office at 8000 North Stadium Houston, TX 77054.
Medical Equipment at Thrift Stores
I stumbled upon this option for free medical equipment in Houston; thrift shops!
Thrift shops are all over Houston and inside those locations, you can find deals on everything including medical equipment.
On a recent trip to Sand Dollar Thrift Store, I found crutches, canes and a car seat for a baby all for under $4.
You’ll have to hunt for deals, but the pay off is completely worth it if you can save $100 searching for medical equipment at a thrift store.
When searching for free medical equipment in Houston your first options should be your health insurance and then friends/family.
Your Care Coordinator with your health insurance plan will be able to tell you about DME equipment you qualify for.
Friends and family can likely provide you with leads on finding free medical equipment as well.
If both you find no luck at either of those options then follow up with any of the agencies listed in this article.
An electric wheelchair won’t just fall out of the sky. You probably don’t want to catch a falling electric wheelchair either, even if it were free but we digress. The point is you have to search for these things.
Use this article, ask friends, ask strangers at your doctor’s office and soon enough you will find the medical equipment you need.
What types of medical equipment are you looking for? Leave your answer in the comments section below.
Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.