Wheelchair users in Massachusetts have a range of experiences with maintaining equipment, sending equipment for repair, and finding a temporary chair while waiting for services. MassMATCH partners with two small reuse programs to help fill gaps experienced by residents who need equipment. The Boston Center for Independent Living and Stavros Center for Independent Living (in Amherst) each accept donations of DME (durable medical equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs) and make them available to individuals who need them. The programs are designed to be a hassle-free way to keep you moving. (Read a Stavros CIL reuse success story.)
Currently, MassMATCH is exploring ways to expand DME reuse in Massachusetts and part of that process is better understanding your experiences as a consumer.
Have you had an easy or difficult time obtaining needed repairs?
Have you been provided a temporary chair while waiting for your repair?
Have you made use of a DME reuse program in your community?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your story. Browse assistive technology (AT) and DME reuse programs at this MassMATCH webpage. Do you know of a reuse program in your community missing from this Web page? We want to hear from you!