What is the Equipment Connection?
The Equipment Connection is the disAbility Resource Center’s adaptive medical equipment reuse program. The Equipment Connection accepts new and gently used equipment, cleans and repairs it, and then returns it to those in the community who would not otherwise be able to obtain it.
The Equipment Connection is located at 1503 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401, and is open, generally, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although an appointment is not necessary, it is best to call ahead of time to ensure there is staff available to assist you. The phone number is 540-373-6464. The Equipment Connection manager is Michael Hamlett.
Eligibility and Use
Any individual with a disability, permanent or temporary, can receive assistance. Those needing equipment will need to complete an application. A referral from a health care professional is also needed if obtaining a wheelchair or scooter for long-term use. Individuals are provided the equipment they need, provided it is in stock, and keep it for their use. There is no time frame for return of equipment as this is a gifting program. However, when a person is done with the items they’ve used and no longer need them, they are asked to donate their equipment back to the Equipment Connection.
The struggle to regain physical mobility and independence after a serious illness or injury can be a challenging experience. For many people, specialized equipment is needed to aid in recovery, provide mobility, and live as independently as possible. Very often, however, there is limited or no insurance for this equipment. In many cases, people are on limited incomes and cannot afford the necessary items that will support them to live at home and access the community. The Equipment Connection is designed to provide for those in need of equipment, both long term and short term.
The need for durable medical equipment is only going to increase as medical costs rise and benefits are reduced. Equipment must be available to those in need.
Recycling durable medical equipment, particularly outgrown children’s equipment, keeps it out of landfills and provides help to others.
You Can Help!
The Equipment Connection is made possible only from donations of time and money. Volunteer opportunities are available to those who can clean and repair equipment, organize stock, and distribute equipment to the community. Contact the Equipment Connection manager for more information on volunteering. Donations can be made through the Donate button on this webpage.