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Free medical equipment for those in need.

For people in Central Oregon with low incomes and /or lack of insurance coverage for necessary Durable Medical Equipment (DME), finding medical equipment can be difficult.

What is durable medical equipment?

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is any equipment that provides therapeutic benefits to a patient in need because of certain medical conditions and/or illnesses.

Medical necessity

Generally, any medical professional can help determine whether home medical equipment is a necessity. This is usually required for insurance to cover the item. For non-covered individuals, they may have the doctor say “You need it” but that doctor is not going to pay for it. Again, the Veteran or patient needs to find an affordable way to get the equipment they need.  Otherwise, it can be cost prohibitive.

.Central Oregon Veterans Outreach can help

If you or a loved one or your patient or client cannot afford DME COVO’s Outreach Program is a great resource for the equipment you might be looking for. As part of our ongoing commitment to Veterans and others in need, COVO accepts donations of well-cared-for DME and provides it at no cost to those who need the assistive technology.

Our current inventory includes the following:

  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs, both manual and electric
  • Shower chairs
  • Bedside Commodes
  • Canes
  • Electric Scooters
  • Crutches

How do I qualify to get these items?

Our equipment comes from donors throughout Central Oregon. COVO does not require you to *prove* your medical need.  We work on the honor system.

How can I donate Durable Medical Equipment?

If you have DME that you would like to donate as a tax-deductible contribution, COVO’s Outreach program can accept items in good, working condition. If you have specific questions about a donation, please call 541-383-2793 and ask for Outreach.

We ask that equipment be donated in good shape, ready to go in to the hands of someone in need. We do not have the ability to repair equipment.  If you have equipment that needs minor repairs or replacement parts, please call our Outreach ore email us at covo@covo-us.org  before bringing it in to our Outreach Center.

Some donors give specifically for a specific group that is close to their heart – Veterans, women, the elderly, and more. We respect the wishes of our donors and allocate the equipment in accordance with their request.

Please note: We are not able to accept any prescription drugs.  Cascades Volunteer in Medicine (VIM) has a Charitable Pharmacy program.

Also, the state of Oregon provides a private marketplace for various refurbished technologies – walkers, motorized scooters and more – through the Oregon Tech Act Program, managed by Access Technologies. Even so, these private purchases can be expensive; a power wheelchair currently is listed at $3,500. The lending locker has a less extensive selection, but at a more affordable price.

No matter where you get your durable medical equipment, keep COVO in mind when you are done using it. We’ll gladly accept your still-working equipment, and get into the hands of those who need it.

 

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