Various forms of health care equipment are sometimes helpful in providing care. Equipment may include wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, portable commodes, shower chairs, and electric or manually-operated hospital beds. Christian Science nurses, facilities, and visiting nurse services are ready to help in determining the need for such equipment, suggesting where to locate it, and providing instruction in its proper use.
It is possible to borrow, rent, or purchase this equipment. Facilities are often able to loan needed equipment. It is also possible to buy used equipment in very good condition at thrift or second-hand stores. Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) and most Yellow Pages list businesses that rent or sell health care equipment under “Medical Equipment and Supplies”.
If you are resourceful, you may find organizations that lend equipment free of charge. An example in the San Gabriel Valley area is the Convalescent Aid Society located at 3255 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 91107, telephone 626-793-1696, (www.cas1.org) which lends equipment free of charge with no time limits to those living in the Greater San Gabriel Valley area. Delivery of semi-electrical hospital beds is available for a nominal charge; other durable medical equipment items may be picked up at the office. CAS also accepts donations of used durable medical equipment when no longer needed or wanted. Your local Christian Science nursing facility may know of similar services in your area. Arden Wood has some equipment to lend free of charge in the Bay Area. For California residents outside the San Gabriel Valley, check the Ability Tools website – https://www.abilitytools.org/ for information on reuse options in your area.