What should you do with that gently used shower chair that's been collecting dust since you don't need it anymore?
There are plenty of places all across the country that accept shower chairs as donations. Most thrift stores, disability support groups, and hospitals actually take donations of gently used medical equipment.
We're going to cover the most common places that you can donate a shower chair as well as a few options you have if you're looking to sell your shower chair instead.
Donate Your Shower Chair to Goodwill (or Another Resale Shop)
One of the best places to donate gently used shower chairs is to Goodwill.
Goodwill lists their own policy when it comes to donating medical devices on their website. While they do have a few devices that they do not accept, they are always more than happy to take shower chairs, transfer benches, and similar devices.
Best of all, donations made to Goodwill are tax-deductible. Just make sure to ask the Goodwill employee who accepts your donation for receipt. This way you can make sure your shower chair gets to someone who needs it and you save yourself some money on next year's taxes.
Find Your Local Medical Equipment Bank
A medical equipment bank operates on the same principles as a food bank. They aim to freely distribute medical equipment to the people in our community who can't afford or find access to these devices on their own. This is a wonderful service to support and they are always looking for new and used shower chairs.
Your community likely has several medical banks that are waiting to accept gently used shower chairs. Some medical equipment banks are part of faith-based organizations while others are community nonprofits.
Just make sure your charge chair is in good condition, clean, and you're ready to donate.
Check Local Disability Advocacy Organizations
Another great place to check when it comes to donating a shower chair is your local disability advocacy organizations.
These groups advocate on behalf of individuals who have physical or cognitive impairments. These organizations also helped gather vital resources to help their community better navigate life.
You can find a local disability organization that's willing to accept a gently used shower chair.
Call Around to Assisted Living Facilities or Hospitals
Another option for donating your gently used shower chair is to check your local physical rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.
These organizations offer healthcare to individuals with mobility challenges and are often looking for donations to help them get the equipment they need to take care of their patients. This often includes shower chairs, transfer benches, and other devices that help people get in and out of the bath.
Alternatives to Donating Your Shower Chair
Now, you do have some alternatives when it comes to donating your shower chair.
Let's go over a few of the ways that you can sell a gently used shower chair so that you can make some money while making sure that someone else gets an affordable piece of medical equipment.
Try FaceBook Marketplace
You can always put your shower chair up for sale on your local Facebook Marketplace. This can be a great option for selling your shower chair at a discount cost and someone in your local community to get the medical equipment they need.
The only downside to this method is that you do have to have a Facebook account. Facebook is free and you can quickly sign up for an account in order to use Facebook Marketplace.
Sell Your Shower Chair on eBay
You can also post your shower chair for sale on eBay. This is an ideal option for individuals who are familiar with selling items on eBay and maybe are already actively selling a few things.
If you're worried about shipping your shower chair, you should know that eBay offers a local pickup option. You can set your sale to offer local pickup only so that you don't have to worry about shipping a shower chair and you can have someone just pick it up.
Sell Your Shower Chair on Craigslist
Craigslist might be one of the best options for selling a shower chair online. You can quickly post your listing without having to set up a complicated account. This also helps people in your local community find your sale.
Another thing worth saying about Craigslist is that you can put your item up for sale with no cost. If you're just looking to get rid of an old shower chair that is still in good condition, you can list it for free on Craigslist.
This is a way to directly help someone get a shower chair when they need it most.
Concluding Donating a Shower Chair
You've got plenty of options when it comes to donating a gently used shower chair.
You can check your shower chair to Goodwill or another resale shop and they will happily take it as well as give you a tax-deductible receipt. You can also find your local medical equipment bank, hospital, or disability advocacy group cut might be taking donations for these assistance and mobility devices.
If you don't want to donate your shower chair, you can always try selling it online using Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace.
No matter which option you take, you've got plenty of choices when it comes to giving your gently used shower chair a new home.