Free Medical Equipment in Houston
In this community resource guide, you will learn about nonprofit organizations that offer free medical equipment in Houston.
If you or someone you know has chronic medical problems you know that medical expenses can quickly add up.
While I don’t have a sure-fire way to lower the cost of your co-payments or insurance premiums I can help you save by offering you leads to free medical equipment in Houston.
Recently I did some digging and discovered multiple local agencies who provide medical equipment to essentially anyone with a disability who asks!
What Is Durable Medical Equipment?
Durable medical equipment, also known as DME, is a term used to describe a wide range of products that are durable, requiring little to no maintenance, and designed to assist patients with mobility or daily living activities.
Some common examples of durable medical equipment include but are not limited to hospital beds, blood pressure monitors, CPAP machines, canes, and wheelchair ramps.
Patients in need of durable medical equipment may be referred to a durable medical equipment provider by their doctor or healthcare team.
Once the patient has been referred, the durable medical equipment provider will work with the patient and/or caregiver to identify the appropriate type of durable medical equipment needed and ensure that it meets the patient’s individualized needs. If you need to find a DME supplier you can view this listing of medical supply companies in Houston.
1.) Houston Council for Independent Living
In addition to care coordination and independent living skills, they also offer free medical equipment to those with a disability. HCIL doesn’t keep a stockpile of equipment although walkers, wheelchairs, and shower seats are common items you’ll find at HCIL from time to time.
To receive medical equipment from HCIL you’ve got to first pick up the phone and call them at 713.974.4621 and ask about donated equipment.
The second thing you or your client must do is enroll in one of their many programs. Again HCIL offers services like care coordination, independent living, referrals to assisted living facilities, and even educates you on your rights via advocacy classes. Enroll in any of these programs and HCIL will potentially assist you with obtaining medical equipment.
For more information on HCIL contact them at 713.974.4621, visit their website HCIL.CC or visit their office at 6201 Bonhomme Rd, Suite 150-S Houston, TX 77036.
2.) RSVP Texas
If you can’t find what you need at HCIL your next option is RSVP Texas.
RSVP is an organization run by nothing but volunteers. The main services they provide are rehabilitation services as well as medical equipment to those with a disability. RSVP receives donations from the community and then offers the medical equipment to those in the community in need.
RSVP only offers medical equipment on the 2nd Saturday of the month. To receive medical equipment you need to show up at 7100 Grand Blvd Houston, TX 77054 on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The individual in need of the medical equipment must attend to ensure there is a proper need, make sure the fit is right and demonstrate the proper use.
In some instances, RSVP will make an allowance for therapists or case managers, but this is on a case-by-case basis.
To donate your medical equipment to RSVP go HERE.
For more information on RSVP services see the contact information below: RSVP Texas 7100 Grand Blvd Houston, TX 77036 – 855.825.7787 – email@example.com RSVP provides patients with DME on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
3.) Medcy.org (Medical Thrift Store In Houston)
This is a medical thrift store that offers affordable wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, hospital beds, shower chairs and more.
For more information, you can either visit the Mercy.org website or call them at 832.795.8689.
4.) Assistive Technology Unlimited
ATU is a nonprofit that helps seniors and individuals with disabilities get access to assistive devices to help them increase or maintain mobility and independent living.
If you have a disability and are seeking low-cost to free medical equipment in Houston, Assistive Technology Unlimited may be able to help you. They offer services like:
- Free hearing screenings
- Hearing aids
- Help to get telecommunication devices like landlines, cell phones, tablets, headsets, and more.
- Visual aids
- Specialized computer software and hardware
To learn more about how they can help you get low-cost medical equipment in Houston, call Assistive Technology Unlimited at 832.940.2020. You can also visit their office located at 13831 NW Freeway, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77040.
5.) Free Durable Medical Equipment From Medicare
If you have original Medicare (Part A and Part B) this is another way to get free medical equipment.
Medicare Part A
Medicare Part A is also known as “hospital coverage” because it pays for many services related to admission to the hospital. If you are discharged from the hospital and require home health care (care from a nurse) then you will qualify for some free medical equipment. Here is a short list of services that Medicare Part A may cover:
- Part-time or intermittent nursing care
- Medical supplies like catheters, ostomy bags
- Durable medical equipment
- Diabetes supplies
- Physical, speech, or occupational therapy
Medicare Part B
This is known as your “medical insurance” because it covers outpatient services. “Medically necessary services” that your Medicare Part B will cover are:
- Durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen tanks, and walkers
- Outpatient physical, speech, occupational therapy
- Artificial limbs, eyes, breast prostheses after a mastectomy,
- Arm, leg, and neck braces
- One pair of eyeglasses after cataract surgery
- Surgical dressings require to treat a wound
To learn more about medical equipment that Medicare covers you can speak with your primary care doctor or contact Medicare at 800.633.4227.
6.) Area Agency on Aging
If you can’t find free medical equipment in Houston at either of the agencies above try the local Area Agency on Aging. Not to be confused with the Largest Motor Club, “Triple A” is the authority on services for seniors.
While AAA may not directly provide you with durable medical equipment, they may be able to refer you to local providers who can help you with wheelchairs, walkers, and more.
Contact them at 832.393.4301, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, website Area Agency on Aging, or stop by their office at 8000 North Stadium Houston, TX 77054.
7.) Nextdoor (Free Medical Equipment From Your Houston Neighbors)
Nextdoor is a free social network for your neighborhood. You can use it to keep up with the local news, find a good deal on a used car, or put out an alert about a crime in progress. But one of its best uses is finding free medical equipment and supplies you need to stay well at home – whether that means free blood pressure monitors, diabetes test strips, wheelchairs, or walkers.
To request free medical equipment from your Houston neighbors, simply create a post (just like you would on Facebook) asking for the healthcare equipment that you need.
To learn more about the types of free wheelchairs, shower chairs, or canes, your neighbors may have, visit the Nextdoor website.
Editor’s Note: When looking for free medical equipment on social media sites, be cautious. Most folks are genuinely attempting to assist you, but you must remain vigilant. If you decide to accept a medical supplies offered by someone on the Nextdoor app, it’s best to bring a family member or friend with you just in case.
8.) Houston Buy Nothing Groups For Medical Supplies
Buy Nothing Groups (BNGs) are a free form of recycling for those looking to give unwanted goods away.
These groups allow people to post what they have, as well as what they’re seeking. Whether you are on a fixed income or your health insurance will not pay for specific medical equipment, Buy Nothing Groups offer a good alternative. These groups are very supportive, which is why it is worth considering if you need free medical equipment in Houston.
Houston Buy Nothing Groups
Here is a list of Houston Buy Nothing Groups that may offer the free equipment that you need:
- Central Houston – Bellaire/Maplewood
- West Houston – Eldridge and West Oaks
- Cental Houston – Heights Houston
- West Houston – Memorial and West Side
- SW Houston – Meyerland, Willowbend, Willow Meadows
- Baytown Buy Nothing Group
- Dickinson TX Buy Nothing Group
- Friendswood TX Buy Nothing Group
- Clear Lake Buy Nothing Group
- Galveston Buy Nothing Group
- Kingwood Buy Noting
- La Marque Buy Nothing Project Group
- League City Buy Nothing
- Missouri City Buy Nothing Group
- Pasadena, TX Buy Nothing
- Rosenberg Buy Nothing
- Santa Fe
- Seabrook and Kemah Buy Nothing
- Spring, TX Buy Nothing Group
- Texas City Buy Nothing
- The Woodlands Buy Nothing Project
- Tomball Buy Nothing
If you want to join a Buy Nothing Group the easiest way is to find a Facebook group. You can use the list above to find a neighborhood group. Although I have never used their app, you can also download it to find free medical equipment in Houston. For more information visit the Buy Nothing Project website.
Editor’s Note: When looking for free medical equipment on social media sites, be cautious. Most people are genuinely attempting to assist you, but you must still be careful. If you decide to get medical goods from a Buy Nothing Group because it is a good deal, take a family member or friend with you to be safe.
9.) Easter Seals
Easter Seals Greater Houston offers free medical equipment to individuals with disabilities in the form of Assistive Technology.
Assistive Technology is any piece of software, device, or equipment that helps people work around any physical challenges they may have. Examples of Assistive Technology tools are:
- Computers either desktop or laptop
- Smartphones and tablets
- Text-to-speech devices
- As well as Assistive technology for reading, writing, listening, and more
Easter Seals offers an AT&T Assistive Technology lab which gives you the opportunity to try out computers with modified devices and software. There are a number of supportive services for individuals with disabilities. This includes infants, children, teens, adults, and veterans, therefore if you have a need for medical equipment Easter Seals may be able to help you.
For more information about Assistive Technology or other services provided call 713.838.9050, visit the Easter Seals website, or their office at 4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77081.
10.) Medical Equipment at Thrift Stores
Thrift shops are all over Houston and inside those locations, you can find deals on everything including medical equipment.
On a recent trip to Sand Dollar Thrift Store, I found crutches, canes, and a car seat for a baby all for under $4. You’ll have to hunt for deals, but the payoff is completely worth it if you can save $100 searching for medical equipment at a thrift store.
Find Free Used Medical Equipment In Any State
If you live outside of Houston and want to know about states that offer free medical equipment near you, refer to our guide titled How To Find Free Medical Equipment In All 50 States. There you will find nonprofits that offered free DME like shower chairs, walkers, canes, and even motorized wheelchairs.
When searching for free medical equipment in Houston your first options should be your health insurance and then friends/family. Your Care Coordinator with your health insurance plan will be able to tell you about durable medical equipment you can likely receive for free.
Friends and family can likely provide you with leads on finding free medical equipment or help you with the purchase if it’s a reasonable amount.
Once you’ve exhausted both of those options then you should turn to agencies on this list. If an agency does not have the equipment you need, simply ask them about other places you can call. Many of these organizations have connections to medical suppliers, therefore they can also help you with alternatives to find free medical equipment in Houston
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Nick Bryant is the author of Understanding Healthcare Is Half The Battle and a Senior Counselor with 13+ years of experience working in community health and mental health. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching WWE on Friday nights, and working toward a Google Data Analytics certification. If you have additional questions about community resources or government assistance programs, simply leave a comment below and he will follow up as soon as possible.