RCIL steers donation drive for durable medical equipment

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Individuals from the Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., on behalf of the Kansas Equipment Exchange, will be accepting donations of gently used durable medical equipment at an upcoming equipment drive. Donations of bariatric equipment are also desperately needed.

Individuals wishing to make a donation can drop off the equipment at the RCIL office 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31, 2018, at 1137 Laing St., Osage City.

While most any donation of bariatric equipment or gently used durable medical equipment will be accepted, the following items are in need: bath benches, transfer benches, feeder seats, gait trainers, hospital beds (electric or semi; please no manual beds), patient lifts, scooters, standers, strollers, and wheelchairs (power and manual).

The Assistive Technology for Kansans KEE Reuse Program serves all Kansans with disabilities or health conditions. Since April 2003, reusing donated equipment has saved Kansas taxpayers over $10,000,000 through the program. Last year, 625 Kansans with disabilities or health conditions were given refurbished or repaired equipment from KEE Reuse providing increased independence and safety.

KEE Reuse services are especially important to those Kansans who “fall through the cracks” – folks without health insurance, who are underinsured, or have limited resources. While individuals who are Medicaid eligible take priority, everyone is eligible to receive high quality, lightly used durable medical equipment from the KEE Reuse Program.

What can you do to help? Bring in durable medical equipment that you no longer need. Get the word out to those who need equipment.

The KEE Reuse Program is a cooperative program between Kansas Health Care Policy (Kansas Medicaid), the University of Kansas, and Assistive Technology for Kansans. Kansans of all ages who have a disability or health condition that impacts their independence, employment, or education are eligible. Assistive Technology for Kansans’ KEE Reuse Program has offices in Oakley, Wichita, Salina, Topeka, Parsons and Garden City.

For more information about KEE, RCIL, or the durable medical equipment drive, contact RCIL at 785-528-3105.

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