Health Equipment Aids Elderly

Joan Brefeld’s SELP project involved collecting used medical equipment that could then be lent to elderly person’s in need. The project was covered in the Belleville News Democrat newspaper.

Gifts of Used Health Equipment Sought

11/13/08

The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) will accept donations of used equipment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dierberg’s in Shiloh and Brefeld Physical Therapy in Belleville.

St. Louis HELP needs donations of such items as wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches, walkers, showerchairs, grab bars, portable commodes, cushions, back supports, van lifts, hospital beds and ramps. The equipment is cleaned and refurbished, then loaned at no cost. “The uninsured, underinsured, disabled and elderly are at particular risk of facing barriers to accessing needed home medical equipment,” said Dennis Guilliams, president of the organization.

“These vulnerable populations continue to experience reduced access to health care services, demonstrating a continuing need for a strong, viable safety net.”

All equipment and monetary donations are tax-deductible. Brefeld is at 106 Lincoln Place Court, just off Carlyle Avenue in Belleville. For more information on donating or acquiring such equipment, call (314) 567-4700 or go to www.stlhelp.org.

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