KEE Reuse Holds DME Donation Drives
Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) KEE Reuse Program, AT Access Sites and AT Specialists along with their regional partners:
· hosted 8 durable medical equipment donation drives,
· resulting in durable medical equipment donations of more than 119 items, and
· valued at more than $100,000.
· Donated items included power wheelchairs, scooters, electric home care beds, shower chairs, and more.
The KEE Reuse Program accepts practically new, lightly used durable medical equipment from across Kansas. Five regional AT Access Sites are located in Oakley, Salina, Topeka, Wichita, Parsons, and a KEE affiliate office is in Garden City. ATK staff met in Salina for the December quarterly meeting to share their success stories. An important component of the KEE Reuse program is that the donated equipment is sanitized and refurbished and then given to Kansans who need it.
All Kansans, with a disability or health condition, of any age or background, are eligible for AT experts to assist in determining the best AT that a person wants and needs. ATK Specialists help children and adults determine what AT best supports a more independent lifestyle at school, at work, and at home. Demonstrations of several items selected to meet the identified need are provided in the person’s home or at a regional office. Devices are available for short-term loan. When the person determines what suits their needs, staff will help them apply for funding. AT Specialists are expert at putting together funding from public and private entities, including opportunities for low-interest loans, and leveraging personal funds and family gifts.