How to HelpDevices 4 the Disabled (D4D) is dedicated to helping the disabled in need, especially those who lack insurance or are underinsured. In order to do this, D4D welcomes support and donations.
The ProblemD4D's mission is to overcome barriers that prevent disabled individuals from obtaining the medical equipment they need. One barrier is cost. Even if patients have insurance coverage, allowances for DME are often too low to cover what's needed. DME costs can quickly mount into thousands of dollars. Many people think "Medicare will pay" for DME. But Medicare and Medicaid are notorious for slow processing of requests. Once the equipment arrives, issues of repair and fitting arise. This process can take several weeks or up to six months. While waiting, they miss appointments, work, are stranded, or even injured. Devices 4 the Disabled functions as a bridge to close the gaps in a fragmented medical equipment delivery system that keeps the disabled from achieving a good quality of life.
Financial SupportThe best and most immediate way you can help is through financial support to cover the purchase of pickup, delivery, warehouse space, extra parts, and some operational costs. Currently we use borrowed space in the facilities of Pickens-Kane Moving & Storage Co. We expect this space to be filled soon and will need our own warehouse. Although we welcome volunteers of all sorts, we also expect to pay qualified technicians for refurbishing services. Our staff are currently volunteering their own computers. Your financial donation will enable us to grow our services to encompass more than just the immediate Chicago area. We'll be able to clean and refurbish DME quickly and provide technicians who will ensure a perfect fit for patients who want to function as independently as possible. Ultimately, we envision an all-encompassing DME Resource Center where the disabled can go to drop off, pick up, clean, and get repair, fitting and delivery of the medical equipment they need.
Donate Medical EquipmentIf you have Durable Medical Equipment (DME) you no longer need, consider making a tax-deductible donation to us. DME can be defined as equipment that can be used repeatedly, primarily for a medical purpose. Examples include crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, lifts, and oxygen equipment. We do take rehab chairs, power wheelchairs, and scooters as well. We do not accept items such as incontinence clothing, oxygen equipment, syringes, or bandages. We also do not take hospital beds nor large items such as van lifts, porch lifts, and stair lifts for inside a home. We suggest you contact your local hospice to see if they will take one, or Google for-profit hospital bed pickup services. If you prefer, we can list your donation on our Equipment Bulletin Board. Use the Contact Us page to tell us about your equipment and location. We have several dropoff points where you can bring equipment:
1. Am Shalom Synagogue, 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022
2. Morton Grove Senior Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
3. St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2132 E. 72nd St., Chicago, IL 60649
4. Hanover Township Senior Services, 24 S. Illinois Route 59, Bartlett, IL
5. Oak Park Township Office, 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
6. Public Storage, 5778 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL. (Contact us to set up an appointment.)
7. Des Plaines: Drop off with our volunteer Deb. (Contact us to set up an appointment.)
8. Buffalo Grove: Drop off with our volunteer Clayton. (Contact us to set up an appointment.)
Become a Drop-Off LocationD4D welcomes partners of all sorts to contribute to the success of its programs. If your facility is able to serve as a drop-off location please contact us.