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Simsbury Aging and Disability Commission Launches Medical Equipment Loan Locker
The Simsbury Aging and Disability Commission, in conjunction with the Department of Community and Social Services, will open a medical equipment Loan Locker beginning December 1, 2019. The Loan Locker will be a local source for durable medical equipment to meet a growing need for those in the community who are experiencing a temporary or permanent disability.
The Loan Locker, which was initiated by local residents, will make items such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, knee scooters, and bed rails available free of charge to those in need. The program will be coordinated by community volunteers in consultation with the Aging and Disability Commission. Medical equipment will be collected through donations, and will be inspected by a licensed physical therapist.
The Loan Locker was approved by the Board of Selectmen in April and will officially launch on December 1, 2019. “There is a great need to provide this service locally, as more people than ever are being cared for at home,” said Ed LaMontagne, Chair of the Aging and Disability Commission. “This program will provide an opportunity to redistribute durable medical equipment from those who no longer need it to those in need.” First Selectman Eric Wellman added, “This program is a wonderful example of local volunteers coming together to meet a community need. The Board of Selectmen is grateful to Alan Needham, Jean Miles, and the other volunteers who made this initiative happen.” Cheryl Cook, member of the Board of Selectmen and liaison to the Aging and Disability Commission, agreed. “This grassroots effort by community members will be a tremendous local asset for those experiencing a disability.”
The Simsbury medical equipment Loan Locker will initially be located at the Apple Barn at Simsbury Farms, 60A Old Farms Road. All pick-ups and drop-offs will be arranged by appointment only. Those interested in making a donation or borrowing equipment may call (860) 658-3224 or email SimsburyLoanLocker@gmail.com. This program is also a great volunteer opportunity for those who wish to get involved, with very little time commitment. Community members interested in volunteering should reach out at the contact information above. For additional information, visit https://www.simsbury-ct.gov/loanlocker.