We get dozens of calls each week with people asking what they should do with their used medical equipment when they no longer need it. Below is a list of resources and suggestions for how to get rid of your used medical equipment.
If you are looking to purchase used medical equipment, please see our refurbished stair lift page for more information.
Option 1: Donate Your Used Medical Equipment to a Charitable Organization
Donating your gently used medical equipment is a great option. With a donation, you won’t directly get paid for your device, but you will get a receipt that can be used for tax deductions. Donations allow you to collect a receipt for the current value of the equipment, which can often times be more than you would get by doing a private sale. And, perhaps the most rewarding part of donating your equipment is that it will go to help another family in need. Many of the organizations below have “equipment closets” that they loan from to help other families for both short and long-term assistance. For example, someone with ALS will have ongoing and changing needs. They might use a manual wheelchair at first, but eventually need a power wheelchair; once they reach the end-stages of the disease, they will not need a wheelchair at all.
- Home Builder’s Foundation
- Good Health Will
- Kids Mobility Network
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- Good Health Will
- Project Cure
- MS Society
- Dominican Home Health Agency
- Assistance League (Hospital Lending Equipment)
Option 2: Resell Your Used Medical Equipment
If you bought your lift elsewhere, have other types of durable medical equipment, your best bet at recouping some of the expenses is to do a private sale of the device. Most companies follow the same buy back policies as we do here at Accessible Systems, and will be unable to buy back most used medical equipment. There is a high level of liability with re-selling used medical equipment due to the health and safety risks involved. For example, a used hospital bed might have been used by a patient who had a MRSA infection and then passed away. The bed then goes into a new home and the new owners contract a MRSA infection as well. Now the company who resold the bed is liable. For this reason, you are encouraged to give careful consideration when buying certain types of used medical equipment, especially from a private seller.