FREE Medical Equipment in Houston

FREE Medical Equipment in Houston

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!


Houston Council for Independent Living

The first agency I’m going to tell you about is the Houston Council for Independent Living or HCIL.

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.

RSVP Texas

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:

RSVP Texas

7100 Grand Blvd Houston, TX 77036 – 855.825.7787 – info@rsvptexas.org

RSVP provides patients with DME on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 

Free medical equipment from Medicare

If you have original Medicare (Part A and Part B) this is another way to get free medical equipment. 

Medicare Part A 

Medicare Part A is also known as “hospital coverage” because it pays for may services related to an admission to the hospital. 

If you are discharged from the hospital and require home health care (care from a nurse) then you will qualify for some free medical equipment. Here is a shortlist of services that Medicare Part A may cover: 

  • Part-time or intermittent nursing care
  • Medical supplies like catheters, ostomy bags
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Diabetes supplies 
  • Physical, speech, or occupational therapy

Medicare Part B

This is known as your “medical insurance” because it covers outpatient services. 

“Medically necessary services” that your Medicare Part B will cover are: 

  • Durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen tanks, and walkers
  • Outpatient physical, speech, occupational therapy
  • Artificial limbs, eyes, breast prostheses after a mastectomy, 
  • Arm, leg, and neck braces
  • One pair of eyeglasses after cataract surgery
  • Surgical dressings require to treat a wound

To learn more about medical equipment that Medicare covers you can speak with your primary care doctor or contact Medicare at 800.633.4227.

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 832.393.4301, via email at aging@houstontx.gov, website Area Agency on Aging or stop by their office at 8000 North Stadium Houston, TX 77054.  

Easter Seals 

Easter Seals Greater Houston offers free medical equipment to individuals with disabilities in the form of Assistive Technology. 

Assistive Technology is any piece of software, device, or equipment that helps people work around any physical challenges they may have. Examples of Assistive Technology tools are: 

  • Computers either desktop or laptop
  • Smartphones and tablets
  • Text-to-speech devices
  • As well as Assistive technology for reading, writing, listening, and more

Easter Seals offers an AT&T Assistive Technology lab which gives you the opportunity to try out computers with modified devices and software. 

There are a number of supportive services for individuals with disabilities. This includes infants, children, teens, adults, and veterans, therefore if you have a need for medical equipment Easter Seals may be able to help you. 

For more information about Assistive Technology or other services provided call 713.838.9050, visit the Easter Seals website, or their office at 4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77081. 

Medical Equipment at Thrift Stores

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.


Conclusion

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 durable medical equipment you can likely receive for free. 

Friends and family can likely provide you with leads on finding free medical equipment or help you with the purchase if its a reasonable amount. 

Once you’ve exhausted both of those options then you should turn to agencies on this list. If an agency does not have the equipment you need, simply ask them about other places you can call. Many of these organizations have connections to medical suppliers, therefore they can also help you with alternatives to find free medical equipment in Houston

6 thoughts on “FREE Medical Equipment in Houston

  1. Martha Garcia Reply

    Looking for a electrical hospital bed, bed sore prevention therapeutic foam mattress in houston, tx
    Free, rental

  2. Nick Bryant Post authorReply

    Hi Martha, I think your best bet for those things (especially the hospital bed) is RSVP Texas. Every 2nd Saturday they give away medical equipment like that. If your person has Medicare its possible they will pay for 80% of the cost of a bed. Craigslist or Facebook marketplace may provide even more options for that electric hospital bed. Hope that helps you.

  3. Robert Marshall Reply

    I’ve been perscribed a electrical scooter but can’t afford one. If you can help in any way please contact me.

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Robert! If you’ve already tried:

      * RSVP Texas at 855.825.7787
      * Houston Center for Independent Living 713.974.4621
      * Houston Area Agency on Aging 832.393.4301

      Here are other suggestions…assuming you have Medicare.

      Contact your Medicare plan, especially if you have Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplement Plan. Some of these plans will pay all or half of your coinsurance cost. With traditional Medicare, you’re probably looking at 20% of the cost of the scooter.

      Another option is renting a scooter. According to the link below, after 13 payments you take ownership of the equipment. The only thing to consider if you go this route is buying from a DME supplier who accepts Medicare assignment. You can find DME stores that accepts Medicare by calling 1-800-MEDICARE and asking for “DME suppliers in your zip code”.

      Info on DME rentals: https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/durable-medical-equipment-dme/renting-and-buying-dme

      Again definitely follow up with Area Agency on Aging (and the other numbers list) and ask them if they know of programs to help you with the costs.

      I hope that helps you my man. God bless!

  4. Bill Fischer Reply

    I’m looking for a used electric/hydraulic sit to stand lift. Will consider a manual operation, but prefer an electric one.

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Bill, no guarantees that they have this but RSVP is probably your best option in Houston if you are looking for free equipment. You can visit their website at https://rsvptexas.org/ or call them at 855.825.7787. Even if they dont have what you are looking for they are likely more knowledgable about alternative places you can go to find this specific piece of equipment.

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