During the pandemic, our Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program WILL CONTINUE, though we will not accept equipment returns until further notice.
About Our Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program
At times, Putney residents and their families offer us durable medical equipment that they no longer need. Our Durable Medical Equipment Program allows people who cannot afford such equipment to access it at no cost to them.
How Do I Donate Durable Medical Equipment to Putney Community Cares?
Please call the office directly at (802) 387-2120 to schedule a time for you to drop off the items you would like to donate. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF EQUIPMENT WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. We handle donations on a case-by-case basis depending on need for the particular item(s). Please do not assume you can drop off items unless you speak to a staff member.
Who Can Borrow?
We loan out equipment primarily to individuals. We also have a network of local healthcare professionals, occupational and physical therapists and visiting nurses who borrow equipment for their clients. Although we have no geographic restrictions, most of our borrowers come from Vermont. All equipment loans are free of charge. We ask that the item be returned to us when it is no longer needed - although during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting returns until further notice.
How It Works
Each item donated has been evaluated, accepted, cleaned, logged into our inventory and finally placed in our storage room. A potential borrower just needs to call to inquire if their desired item is available. If the equipment is not available, we put the individual on a waitlist for that item and contact them when the item is back in stock.
What We Require from Borrowers
Borrowers are required to fill out a simple Loaner’s Agreement and Lease with the borrower’s name and contact information, and the number and description of the item borrowed. Loan times may vary: for example, some borrowers may need a wheelchair for just one day, while other borrowers may need one for several months. We do ask that the items be returned when no longer needed, so they can be lent to others on our waitlist - although during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting returns until further notice.
What you can borrow
A wide variety of equipment, including but not limited to:
Canes and quad canes
Raised toilet seats w/o bars
Due to storage limitations we are unable to accept: Incontinence supplies (for example adult taped diapers, Depends and Chux pads), bed assist rails, bedpans, bed trays, ankle and leg Boots, and blood-pressure kits, or large items such as hospital beds, Hoyer lifts, electric wheelchairs or scooters.
What if I Break a Piece of Equipment on Loan to Me?
No problem! Just notify us as to the severity of the break and we will instruct you whether we would like it returned for parts or whether you can just dispose of it yourself. We would need to know the inventory number to mark the item as damaged or discarded in our database.
Are donations Tax Deductible?
Tax donation letters are available upon request at the time of donation or can be sent by mail to the donor. We list the estimated used value of any item or 80% of the original retail price.
Call (802) 387-2120 or email Kate Kelly.