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Free Medical Equipment in Minnesota

By Maurice

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If you're looking for free medical equipment for seniors in Minnesota, you’re in the right place!

This page is a complete resource for free medical equipment for the elderly in the state of Minnesota.

Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!


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Map of Free Medical Equipment in Minnesota


List of Free Medical Equipment in Minnesota

Program Description:

SecondWindCPAP is a small family owned & operated business located in the prairie lands of Southwestern, Minnesota. 

They were founded, and operate under a Licensed, Nationally Registered Respiratory Therapist who also has Sleep Apnea. SecondwindCPAP is the first, and largest online outlet for discounted new, and low hour Used CPAP and Used BIPAP equipment.

SecondwindCPAP specializes in quality discounted 'open box' new, and gently used CPAP & BIPAP equipment for those individuals who could not otherwise afford it.


  • Service Area: Nationwide
  • Type of Medical Equipment: CPAP and BIPAP equipment
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? No
  • Audience served:
  • those individuals who cannot afford to purchase this equipment at any price
  • Other Details: n/a
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    They sell new and gently used CPAP & BIPAP equipment at affordable rates (Quality current model used CPAP machines starting at $95.00, and NEW CPAP for only $125).
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    SecondwindCPAP works with clinics, hospitals, and doctor's offices across the country to help provide, through donated materials/equipment for those individuals who cannot afford to purchase this equipment at any price.
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    They sell new and gently used CPAP & BIPAP equipment at affordable rates (Quality current model used CPAP machines starting at $95.00, and NEW CPAP for only $125).

Program Description:

A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. 

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STAR's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The Minnesota STAR Program is federally funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration For Community Living in accordance with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364).

Device Exchange: As part of its commitment to promoting the reuse of assistive technology, STAR maintains a listing of online device exchange sites, which provide a way for Minnesotans and others to donate, sell, and buy previously owned but still usable assistive technology.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment: Assistive technology
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes (database)
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes (database)
  • Audience served:
  • all Minnesotans with disabilities
  • Other Details: n/a
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Program Description:

A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. 

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STAR's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The Minnesota STAR Program is federally funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration For Community Living in accordance with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364).

Short-term device loans are for 30-days or less and allow consumers to try a device or software program before buying. Short-term device loans may also be used to fill-in for a device that is being repaired or while waiting for delivery of a newly-purchased device. Although there is no charge for a device loan, customers are asked to complete a short survey.

Open-ended device loans provide previously used equipment to Minnesotans who otherwise would not have access to assistive technology. These are long-term loans, which do not have a set return date and are helpful when the borrower needs a device for more than 30-days. Once the borrower no longer needs the device, it must be returned to the loan program.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment: Assistive technology
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • all Minnesotans with disabilities
  • Other Details: n/a
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    For more information or to request a loan, contact STAR or one of our device loan partners listed below:
    a) ALS Association,
    b) Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss,
    c) Minnesota STAR Program,
    d) North Dakota Assistive,
    e) PACER Center - Simon Technology Center,
    f) Regional Assistive Technology Center,
    g) Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL).
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    STAR's Searchable Device Database: search for a device by product type and location.
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Program Description:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division promotes equal access and opportunities for Minnesotans with hearing loss through effective communication, collaboration and direct services.

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The Telephone Equipment Distribution, or TED, Program provides a variety of adaptive phone devices to people who have difficulty using the phone. People who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or who have a speech or physical disability often find these devices make using the phone easier. Devices are loaned at no cost to those who qualify, for as long as they are needed.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment: Adaptive telecommunications equipment
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • eligible Minnesota residents with disabilities
  • Other Details: n/a
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Program Description:

Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota serves the ten counties of: Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

Reuse occurs when assistive technology that is no longer needed is passed along to someone else either by selling, exchanging, or donating the device. It also occurs when devices are repaired and cleaned, (refurbished), before they are sold or donated. 

Access North will take donations of used Assistive Technology and durable medical equipment. We make sure the equipment is safe for use and cleaned up. We then offer it to consumers who are in need, and who have no funding source available.


  • Service Area: Northeastern Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • eligible Minnesota residents with disabilities
  • Other Details: n/a
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    The Access North Assistive Technology Library is located in our Duluth office. For more information about their Assistive Technology program, please contact us at our Hibbing or Duluth Offices.
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Program Description:

Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota serves the ten counties of: Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

Device Loans are short-term loans lasting up to 30-days. Device loans allow consumers to try a device of software program before buying.

Device loans can be used to "fill-in" for a device that is being repaired or while waiting for delivery of a newly-purchased device. In order to better provide devices to consumers, the Assistive Technology Library can ship devices throughout the state of Minnesota.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details: For more information about our Assistive Technology program, please contact us at our Hibbing or Duluth Offices.
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Program Description:

Roll With It (RWI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sports training, competition, and recreation in a variety of wheelchair and adapted sports for individuals with physical disabilities.

Recycle that old chair by giving to RWI to allow for individuals in need a chance to play sports and for wheelchair athletic presentations and demonstrations.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? No
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details: For more information about our Assistive Technology program, please contact us at our Hibbing or Duluth Offices.

Program Description:

ConnectAbility of MN often receives donated equipment that has been outgrown or is no longer needed by the family. Staying true to their Vision

Statement of empowering people with physical and invisible barriers to achieve their potential, we donate those items right back to families that need them at no cost and with no paperwork.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? No
  • Audience served:
  • families that need them
  • Other Details: n/a

Program Description:

PACER Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on individual, corporate, and foundation contributions and support.

The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents.


  • Service Area: Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Minnesota residents
  • Other Details: There are various membership options for residents of Minnesota and also out of state members. One of them, the Specialty Memberships only available to MN residents: MN STAR, is free.

Program Description:

A small neighborhood non-profit, Hamline Midway Elders (HME) was founded in 2001 as A Living at Home/Block Nurse Program by a group of volunteers and community leaders. Low vision assessment and basic vision aids and equipment free of charge


  • Service Area: St. Paul (Hamline Midway neighborhood)
  • Type of Medical Equipment: Basic vision aids and equipment 
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Minnesota residents
  • Other Details:  
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    Their service area is bound by: Dale Street on the east; University Avenue to the south; Transfer Rd to the west and Pierce Butler Route to the north.
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    Call us at (651) 209-6542, or email us at info@hmelders.org to schedule a free home or office visit.
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Program Description:

AEOA’s Medical Loan Closet lends home medical equipment to residents experiencing a temporary or permanent disability. 

We lend durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes and high-rise toilet seats.


  • Service Area: Northeast Minnesota (St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties)
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? No
  • Audience served:
  • residents experiencing a temporary or permanent disability
  • Other Details:  
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    A one time rental fee is charged per item rented. This fee varies depending on the type of equipment.
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    For information on items needed or to set up an appointment to drop off your donation, please contact Us at (800)-662-5711, extension 6899. Equipment must be clean and in good working condition.
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    Their office is in Virginia, MN.
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Program Description:

Mano a Mano collects donated medical, school, and construction supplies in Minnesota and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to Mano a 

Mano’s infrastructure projects and also given, free-of-charge, to other nonprofit and civic organizations in Bolivia that work with communities in need.


  • Service Area: Twin Cities
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    The vast majority of the donated supplies and equipment we receive at our Minnesota warehouse (90%+) is shipped to Bolivia; we sent 7 containers with 175,777 pounds of supplies and equipment from Minnesota to Bolivia in 2020. In 2021, we have sent 121,995 pounds of supplies and equipment to date.
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Program Description:

The Living at Home Program that is part of Argyle HOPE loans durable medical equipment including walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, and other types of assistive 

equipment that doctors suggest their patients use to support whatever physical need they may have.


  • Service Area: Argyle
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? n/a
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    If you or someone you care for has a need for any of this equipment, you are welcome to take what you need on short or long term loan. We just ask that you bring it back when it is no longer needed.
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    No information about accepting equipment donations and the price for equipment loan. 

Program Description:

Donations of good, clean, medical equipment can be brought to First United Methodist Church.

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  • Service Area: Lindstrom
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? n/a
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    Trinity Lutheran Church partners with First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom.
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Program Description:

Medical equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, commodes and other durable medical equipment are available free of charge for a period of up to six (6) months for Kanabec County residents. 

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We accept equipment donations as well. Equipment must be in good general condition with no mechanical issues.


  • Service Area: Kanabec County
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Kanabec County residents
  • Other Details:  
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    For more information or to find out what is available, please call 320-679-6330.
  • Sources: n/a

Program Description:

The Loan Closet provides a public service for people needing personal care equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches, crutches, canes, commodes, and smaller pieces.

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  • Service Area: Nicollet County
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes (deposit required)
  • Audience served:
  • residents of or own property or land in Nicollet County
  • Other Details:  
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    There will be a deposit required when loaning out equipment. The deposit fee is required as a condition of the loan for Nicollet County residents. If equipment is kept longer than 6 months, the original deposit will be forfeited and a 2nd deposit will be required.
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    Deposits may be refunded if the equipment is returned clean, on time and in good condition.
  3. 3
    Monetary donations are appreciated and are used to maintain and continue the service. For more information, please call 507-934-8559.

Program Description:

The following items may be borrowed from the Senior Center on a short term basis for no fee: wheelchair, walker, or bath seat.


  • Service Area: Hastings, Hampton, Hastings, Miesville, New Trier, and Vermillion, and portions of Denmark, Douglas, Hampton, Marshan, Nininger, Ravenna, and Vermillion townships
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? n/a
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    Call 651-480-7689.
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    No information found about accepting equipment donations. Check with them.
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Program Description:

Pier 55 is proud to offer this service to anyone in the community in need of medical equipment such as walkers, shower chairs, canes, wheel chairs.

Equipment is lent at no charge, with an option for you to donate.
If you have medical equipment you no longer need, please donate it to the Senior Center.


  • Service Area: Red Wing
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? n/a
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    Call or stop in, 651-327-2255.

Program Description:

Donated “as is” equipment and independent living aids to loan, including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, grabbers, magnifiers and more.


  • Service Area: Atwater area
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • seniors in and around Atwater
  • Other Details:  
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    No price information found on their website or Facebook. Free according to Minnesota Help Info (Details).
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Program Description:

SMILES' Lending and Demonstration Library allows individuals to try a piece of technology in their home or work environment for 30 days to determine if the technology meets their need(s).


  • Service Area: Southern Minnesota's Region 9
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and the community at large
  • Other Details:  
  1. 1
    No price information found on their website or Facebook. Free according to Minnesota Help Info (Details).
  2. 2
    They also have a ramp program.
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    Howard can be reached at 507-345-7139 (toll free: 888-676-6498). Contact Howard for more information about Assistive Technology, SMILES Lending Library or scheduling an AT Demonstration.
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Program Description:

A wide variety of medical equipment is available to borrow free of charge including wheel chairs, walkers, shower equipment and canes, etc.


  • Service Area: Paynesville area
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • seniors 60 or better, living in the Paynesville area
  • Other Details:  
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    Services are made available through a grant from the Central MN Council on Aging in conjunction with the Older American's Act as well as a grant from the MN Department of Health and Human Services.
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Program Description:

Some of the medical equipment we have to lend out FREE OF CHARGE for up to three months to anyone who needs it. We have canes, toilet risers, knee walkers, walkers, walkers with seats, wheelchairs, crutches, shower chairs, transfer benches, transport wheelchairs, commodes and so much more!


  • Service Area: Mower County
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? No
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • Other Details:  
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    Old information on their Facebook, but last updated by Minnesota Help Info on 6/24/2021.
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Program Description:

If you are in need of a wheelchair, walker, or shower chair (etc.) for long or short term use, give us a call and we will let you know what we have in inventory. We also accept donations of items you are no longer using.


  • Service Area: Faribault County
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • adults over the age of 60 in Faribault County
  • Other Details:  
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    Call 507-526-4684 to request services.
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    Their office is in Blue Earth, MN.
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Program Description:

Loan of Equipment: The use of equipment and safety items are available at NO cost to our clients.


  • Service Area: Barnesville area
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
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    Wheelchairs,
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    Walkers,
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    Canes,
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    Toilet risers,
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    Raised toilet seats,
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    Bathtub safety rails,
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    Bathtub grab bars along with other safety items.
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • adults over the age of 60 in Faribault County
  • Other Details: We gladly accept gently used equipment:  
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    Walkers,
  2. 2
    Wheelchairs,
  3. 3
    Canes,
  4. 4
    Commodes,
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    Shower chairs,
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    Grab bars,
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    Grab bars,
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    Lift chairs,
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    Scooters,
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    Bed grab bar,
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    Sock aids,
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    Other items.
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Program Description:

The MSU Moorhead Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic Regional Assistive Technology Center (RATC) was established to provide communication devices and knowledge of augmentative communication systems to consumers, families and professionals in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The RATC works as an equipment loan and resource center for consumers, families and professionals. Lastly, RATC provides workshops and other continuing education opportunities to students, professionals, AAC users and family members in the area.

The MSUM Regional Assistive Technology Center (RATC) has recently partnered with the Minnesota STAR Program, which works with established assistive technology (AT) loan programs to provide loans and demonstrations of AT devices to Minnesota’s older adults and those with disabilities. The STAR Program strives to increase consumer understanding of AT devices through demonstrations and short- and long-term loans.

The STAR Program allows for short term loans of 30 days or fewer to determine if a requested device will meet your needs. Open-ended loans that allow you to keep previously used devices as long as needed are also available.


  • Service Area: Minnesota and North Dakota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? n/a
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • older adults and those with disabilities
  • Other Details:  
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    Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic
    No information found about accepting used equipment. Check with them. As STAR partner they might accept.
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Program Description:

Options Center for Independent Living is based out of East Grand Forks, MN. Our Serving Area includes Northeast North Dakota (with Outreach Offices in Cavialier and Devils Lake) and Northwest Minnesota (with Outreach Offices in Roseau, Thief River Falls and Crookston).


  • Service Area: Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota
  • Type of Medical Equipment:  
  • Accepts medical equipment donations? Yes
  • Provides free medical equipment to United States individuals? Yes
  • Audience served:
  • people with disabilities who lack the financial income or insurance coverage to fund its purchase or to access funding in a timely manner
  • Other Details:  
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