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!

FREE Medical Equipment in Houston


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. 

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.  

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.


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 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. 

4 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!

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