If you're looking for free wheelchairs in Illinois, we've got you covered!
This page is a complete resource for free assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, and more) and independent living resources in the state of Illinois.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Illinois
Addison fire department
The Addison Fire District H.E.L.P. program collects, cleans and repairs used medical equipment for short-term loans to those in need. Re-using the equipment creates savings not only for the individuals but also for the environment.
This is a cost-effective program. The Addison Fire District does not purchase new equipment. They rely on people no longer needing their equipment to donate it. Then the volunteers or staff help repair and sanitize the equipment. The equipment is loaned and once a patient no longer needs, the individual returns it.
Great Lakes Loan Closets Directory
The Northern Illinois directory of Great Lakes Loan Closets is designed to help you find organizations that lend medical equipment for minimal or no cost. To find resources in your area click on your county here.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
The purpose of IATP's device loan program is to let potential AT users try-out devices prior to purchase, have access to a backup system when their device is in for repairs and/or have access to a device while waiting for their device to be delivered. All device loans are for 5 weeks unless otherwise specified. The only cost the borrower will incur is the return shipment.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are not-for-profit, non-residential organizations that empower individuals with disabilities by sharing the tools needed to take control of one’s own life. LIFE center gives free low vision aids such as magnifiers, large print calendars, and talking clocks. They are funded through the Cox Estate Bequest that allows them to purchase wheelchairs for persons of any age who are legally blind, and to help persons who are legally blind with certain costs associated with obtaining a guide dog or assistance dog.
They also loan certain durable medical equipment free of charge for up to 90 days: walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, commodes, raised toilet seats, shower seats, and more. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; you can call ahead to reserve equipment for same-day pickup.
Options Center for Independent Living
Options provides free equipment loans to individuals with disabilities. Items are donated and vary at any point in time. Typical items requested include wheelchairs, rollators, walkers, canes, bed rails, c-pap, and bi-pap machines, and other reusable medical equipment.
Riddick's Ride Foundation
Riddick's Ride Foundation carries a variety of different types of standers, wheelchairs, special needs strollers, high/low positioning chairs, walkers, gait trainers, bath chairs, swings, Tumbleform chairs, Tomato chairs, and more! They also carry some medical equipment and supplies such as chucks, diapers, Hoyer lifts, hospital beds, feeding pumps, pulse ox machines, suction machines, and g-tube supplies. Apply here.
United Auto Workers Local 249
Ford and the UAW are leaders in developing a broad range of approaches to worker involvement and labor-management cooperation. These efforts, which have expanded and deepened over the years, have helped transform the Company in many ways. They have helped Ford plants gain recognition for being among the most productive in the world, and they have contributed to increased market share, improved economic performance, and enhanced employee development and work satisfaction. They have a ramp program. Apply here.
United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago
United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago is a charitable not-for-profit agency serving individuals with disabilities in metropolitan Chicago and beyond. Through UCP Seguin’s Durable Medical Equipment program, people with temporary or permanent disabilities can secure durable medical equipment free of charge. DME helps people find hospital beds, motorized and manual wheelchairs, pediatric therapy equipment, canes, and walkers. Nearly 3,204 pieces of durable medical equipment have been given to people who otherwise could not afford them.