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What to Do with Old Wheelchairs & Medical Equipment
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What to Do with Old Wheelchairs & Medical Equipment

Disposing of old medical equipment, especially larger items such as wheelchairs, is never an easy or straightforward task. Though the disposal itself may not be especially difficult in itself, deciding which method is the best course of action for disposal can be tedious. There are many factors that can play into a decision; cost, convenience, and effectiveness are just a few things to think about.

Donating Old Wheelchairs:

For many, the first thought that comes to mind is a donation. In cities all across the United States, organizations such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill are able to take items such as walkers, wheelchairs and other medical equipment. This is a great way to put useful equipment in the hands of those who may need it but are unable to afford it otherwise. It can also be used as a tax write off come tax season.  Though there may not be a larger center like the previously mentioned examples in your location, many other smaller, locally based options may exist as well. Donation is one of the best ways to dispose of used, but functional wheelchairs and medical equipment.

Donation of old equipment does have its limitations, however. Many medical facilities like local nursing homes, care facilities, and hospitals will refuse donations of things like crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers, no matter their shape. This is due to concerns about liability.

Returning Used Medical Equipment:

Another resource to explore when looking for ways to dispose of used medical equipment is to contact the company that supplied the equipment to you in the first place. Some companies will provide disposal services but typically will only do so for equipment that was purchased through them.

Selling Your Old Equipment:

Selling your chair or equipment privately is another option to consider. In 2018, there are countless ways to sell nearly anything on the internet. From Facebook to Craigslist to eBay to health-specific web forums, it is possible to reach a large market of people in need with ease. Be sure to include high-quality photos and an accurate description of condition for best results.

If you are unable to take advantage of any of these options for any reason, do not fret. There are other options out there!

Disposing of a Used Wheelchair:

If you are unable to dispose of an old wheelchair or medical equipment on your own due to medical or health-related reasons, having someone haul it away for you is a great option to consider. The American Red Cross typically takes donations of many types of household goods, and will even pick your donation up! When attempting to dispose of a wheelchair, make sure to reach out to your local location to ensure they are able to pick up your donation. Some locations do not have the ability to transport large items and may refuse your donation.

If you are disposing of your old wheelchair or medical equipment because it is no longer functional for one reason or another, donation is not an option. In this case, options are limited. Hauling the equipment to your local waste facility is an economical option, but is not convenient for most people, especially those living in larger cities where waste facilities may not be as easily utilized.

If you are looking for a convenient method, getting in touch with a company that will pick up your equipment is a great option. They will send a crew out to your location, your old wheelchair or medical equipment will be loaded up and properly disposed of. Whether that be donating, recycling, or reusing, before sending to the landfill.

When you are needing to dispose of used medical equipment or wheelchairs, it is important to remember that there are plenty of options out there. Do your research and determine which best fits your needs to ensure a quick and stress-free process!

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