An illustration of a girl in a manual wheelchair. She is surrounded by other medical equipment, like a walker, shower chair, and crutches.

Edition 22 | Spring 2021

Help that’s there when you need it

by Tony Jackson

Ability360 offers a myriad of services, including disability advocacy, home health care, and the state-of-the-art Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. Did you know we also maintain a loan closet from which people can borrow durable medical equipment?

The loan closet is run by Ability360 Information and Referral Program Coordinator, Tricia Serlin. It consists of small items like manual wheelchairs, walkers and shower equipment that can be rented out to those who are eligible. There is no motorized equipment to rent out, and the equipment comes as is.

But for those in the community in need of vital equipment to improve their independence, the loan closet is a great resource to take advantage of.

Each piece can be borrowed for up to 90 days.

So what does the actual rental process look like? As Serlin explains, it’s fairly easy.

“If your insurance won’t cover the equipment you need,” Serlin said, “call me at 602-296-0536 to see if we have the item.”

While the loan closet doesn’t have everything, there is a diverse assortment of items that have been donated. If they do have the item you need, all you have to do is call, schedule a time to come into the main office on Washington Street in Phoenix, fill out paperwork and then borrow the itea. All equipment does have to be reserved before it can be borrowed.

Not only can you borrow from the closet, but you can donate as well.

“Just give me a call,” Serlin said. “We can’t take large items such as hospital beds or Hoyer lifts, as we don’t have room, but I might be able to guide you to other places that can.”

So if you’re looking for a short-term solution to help improve your independence with equipment, reach out to Serlin and the loan closet to see if they can help.

If you live in the Phoenix metro area and have a durable medical equipment need, call Tricia! She may have just what you need to help you live more independently.  She also accepts donations, so you can drop off equipment you’re no longer using. If she can take it, she will certainly find it a good home.

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Tony Jackson

Tony Jackson | Writer

Tony Jackson is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He started playing power soccer in 2009 and has no plans to stop anytime soon. In addition to being an athlete, he puts his journalism skills to use as a broadcaster of power soccer tournaments around the world. He currently works at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, and also coaches and plays for Ability360 FC.

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