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
1. 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.
- Addison fire department
- (630) 628-3100
2. Allie The OT
Allie is an occupational therapist based in Chicago, IL. She works as an occupational therapist at a hospital in the city and the events coordinator at her church. In their spare time, she and Chloe visit patients in their community.
She has created Allie the OT that provides medical equipment and supplies for those facing financial barriers
3. ALS association – Adaptive Equip Lending
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter provides exceptional care services, the latest resources and information, and premier programming for Persons Living with ALS, their families and caregivers. We are proud to currently serve the Chicagoland area, Northern and Central Illinois, and part of Northwest Indiana.
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter has a very extensive lending program. It has been established to provide access to the needed medical equipment either as a bridge while awaiting insurance approval and/or to those with no insurance coverage for the equipment being requested.
- ALS association
- (312) 932-0000
4. Arlington Heights Nurses Club
Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Durable medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, commodes, crutches and portable bath and toilet rails may be obtained at no charge from the Arlington Heights Nurses Club Lending Closet. Loans are made available to all Arlington Heights residents. There is no age limit.
- Arlington Heights Nurses Club
5. Cuba Township
Cuba Township’s Lending Closet provides orthopaedic items including walkers, canes and wheelchairs to Cuba Township residents. Items are lent at no charge. Please call to schedule an appointment.
6. Bloom Township Senior Services Department
A limited amount of medical equipment such as walkers, canes, crutches, port-a-potties and wheelchairs are available to seniors and disabled persons for a loan of a minimal fee of $1 a month. Wheelchairs must pay a fee of $25 that is not refundable. Donations of medical equipment are also accepted.
- Bloom Township Senior Services Department
- 708-754-9400, ext. 7270
7. City of Prospect Heights Lending Closet
The Prospect Heights Lending Closet provides Prospect Heights residents with an alternative to purchasing expensive medical equipment for a temporary disability. The Lending Closet is open to Prospect Heights residents only. There is no age requirement and the maximum lending period for equipment is 90 days. Extensions may be requested.
- City of Prospect Heights Lending Closet
8. Cure SMA
Through equipment pool, Cure SMA loans necessary medical equipment free of charge. The equipment inventory changes often as new equipment is donated and other items are loaned out.
While on loan, families are responsible for all professional upkeep on the equipment. The equipment they loan out includes Adaptive Strollers, Bath Chairs, Car Beds, E-Z-ON Modified Vests, Feeder Seats, Standers, and Wheelchairs.
9. City of Highland Parks Loan Closet
The Loan Closet is available to Highland Park residents and Senior Center members. Equipment available includes canes, crutches, raised toilet seats, portable commodes, shower seats/benches, walkers, and wheelchairs. Items are available on loan at no charge, for an unlimited length of time. Please note that the Senior Center cannot provide supervision, training, or adjustment of equipment.
10. Dickinson Hall Senior Center
The Dickinson Hall Lending Closet is for residents of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood. We lend wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, canes and commodes on a short term basis. Please call Janet for more information.
- Dickinson Hall Senior Center
11. DuPage Township
DuPage Township provides Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and bath seats to the residents of Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and parts of Naperville. The equipment is loaned out without any fee and should be returned within 30 days.
- DuPage Township
12. Frisbie Senior Center
Frisbie Senior Center’s Medical Closet program helps to support the organizational mission to serve active adults – ages 55 and older – through socially, intellectually, and physically enriching programs. To help support the cause there is a modest rental fee associated with using the equipment offered through the Medical Closet.
13. 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.
14. Hanover Township Senior Center
The lending closet, located inside the Senior Center, provides the following medical equipment:
– Bath chairs- Canes- Commodes- Crutches- Transfer Benches- Walkers with wheels– WheelchairsA security deposit is requested upon check-out and can be either be refunded or donated when the equipment is returned.
- Hanover Township Senior Center
- (630) 483-5600
15. Heart to Heart Lending Closet
Heart to Heart offers a medical lending closet. Items available include walkers, with and without wheels, crutches, wheelchairs, and portable commodes. The Lending Closet hours have changed! It is now open Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm.
16. 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.
17. Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living
Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living offers equipment loan closet. The community is welcome to call and borrow equipment free of charge. Some equipment, which is valued over $100, requires a $100 cash security deposit.
The security deposit will be reimbursed upon return, if the equipment does not show damage and/or wear and tear. For such equipment, it is required to bring it in to be inspected by IVCIL staff on a periodic basis. Some equipment can be loaned only for a specified time period determined at the time of the loan.
- Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living
18. Infinitec’s DME project
The mission of Infinitec’s DME project is to provide a durable medical equipment resource to benefit children and adults with permanent or temporary disabilities and to provide an outlet for individuals to donate durable medical equipment.
The Durable Medical Equipment Exchange is a free service that connects people with disabilities to organizations, companies and individuals who have available durable medical equipment they can use.
19. John Episcopal Church
St. John’s primary outreach program is the medical equipment lending program. The St. John’s Medical Loan Closet aims to help the neighbours by temporarily lending mobility equipment at no charge.
Equipment is usually borrowed for a three month period, but we can consider a longer-term if needed. After the lent equipment is returned, it’s cleaned and becomes available for the next client.
20. Kenosha County Aging & Disability
The Aging and Disability Resource Center in the Kenosha County loans out medical equipment free of charge. Individuals return the equipment when no longer needed. Available equipment may include Canes, Crutches, Commodes, Incontinence Supplies, Shower Chairs, Toilet Risers, Transfer Bathbenches, Walkers, and Wheelchairs.
21. LIFE Center
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.
22. Libertyville Senior Center
Libertyville Senior Center offers equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, Commodes, and bath chairs free of charge for up to 3 months. This loan closet serves the residents of Green Oaks, Lake Bluff (portion), Lake Forest (W edge), Libertyville, Mettawa (NW portion), Mundelein (E edge), North Chicago (W edge), Vernon Hills (N half), Waukegan (W edge).
This service requires you to be a senior (55+ age).
- Libertyville Senior Center
23. McHenry Township Senior Care Volunteer Network
Senior Care Volunteer Network Of McHenry County (formally Faith in Action of McHenry County) accepts good quality durable medical equipment. The equipment is then made available to the senior community at no-cost and for as long as needed. There is a variety of equipment available.
- McHenry Township Senior Care Volunteer Network
24. Naperville Township Supervisor’s Office
The Medical Loan Closet is a Township-provided service that provides medical equipment for a 90-day period at no cost.
Naperville Township collects donations from the community and operates a medical loan closet for township residents. Residents may borrow medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, tub transfer benches, shower chairs, and commodes. Equipment is loaned free of charge for a period of three months and may be renewed once with the exception of wheelchairs.
- Naperville Township Supervisor’s Office
25. Niles Senior Center
The Niles Senior Center offers programs to support the health, well being and social needs of seniors, age 55 and over. The Center offers a variety of programs such as luncheons, health education, medical lending closetbedside, clubs, and day trips, as well as classes on topics ranging from dance to cooking to yoga and tai chi to computer instruction.
Provided services also include information and referrals, nursing and social services, meals on wheels, AARP tax assistance, and Medicare counselling.
26. North Shore Lending Closet
At the Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus in Northfield, NS is operating a Lending Closet from which people can borrow durable medical equipment. The Lending Closet is particularly useful for older adults who are recovering at home after surgery or illness. Items can be borrowed for a period of three months.
Extended borrowing periods can sometimes be accommodated, if our inventory permits. This is a free service, and there are no membership, residency, age or income requirements for those who wish to borrow items. Monetary donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
27. Nurses’ Club Lending Closet
The Nurses Lending Closet, organized by the Palatine Nurses Club, loans home healthcare equipment free of charge to residents of Palatine Township for a period of 3-6 months with a possible extension. Items available for loan include wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath chairs, crutches, canes and other small items.
- (847) 934-3016
28. Northbrook Park District lending closet
As a community service, the Northbrook Park District lends free medical equipment to Northbrook residents and Senior Center members. Hours of the Lending Closet are by appointment only.
The only charge is a refundable deposit of $25.
- Northbrook Park District lending closet
29. Oneighty Church
Oneighty Church lends, free of charge, medical health equipment to everyone who needs it in the surrounding area. By doing this with donated equipment, they help lower the ever-rising medical costs in our community.
- Oneighty Church
30. Orland Township Health Services Nurse’s Closet
Orland Township’s Nurses’ Closet provides residents with medical equipment at no cost for a 60-day period.Due to space limitations and infectious disease control requirements, they can only accept & distribute the following equipment: walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, shower chairs, unopened disposable pads and adult incontinence products. To donate or utilize, please call
- Orland Township Health Services Nurse’s Closet
- (708) 403-4222
31. 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.
- Options Center for Independent Living
- 815-936-0100 Kankakee County
- 815-432-1332 Iroquois County
32. Park Ridge Lending closet
The Medical Lending Closet is a service ministry of Park Ridge Community Church. Staffed solely by volunteers, the Closet provides a loan of medical equipment on a short-term, no fee basis to anyone in need in the greater community.Some of the popular items available for loan: walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs, raised toilet seats, crutches, transfer benches, sock aids, grabbers, deluxe walkers, commodes and more.Equipment is loaned for up to three months (with the possibility of an extension).
- Park Ridge Lending closet
- 847-823-3164, extension 20
33. Patty Turner Center Lending Closet
Patty Turner Center offers a complete menu of social service programs, including monthly support group meetings, resource assistance, and a medical lending closet. You have to be a member of Patty Turner to enjoy these services.
- Patty Turner Center Lending Closet
- (847) 940-4010
34. 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.
35. Riverside Township
Residents of Riverside Township can get a short-term loan of durable medical equipment including walkers, crutches, canes, wheelchairs, bath benches and commodes from the Riverside Town Hall. Donations of equipment are welcome as well.
- Riverside Township
36. Rolling Meadows Senior Center Lending Closet
The Rolling Meadows Senior Center has a medical equipment lending closet that includes: walkers, hemi-walkers, wheelchairs, transport chairs, canes, and crutches. Equipment is loaned for up to 3 months. An extension can sometimes be accommodated, if inventory permits.The service is open to all Rolling Meadows Residents and Senior Center Members. There is no age requirement or fee, monetary donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
37. Senior Care Volunteer Network
Senior Care Volunteer Network’s mission is to help seniors maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life by remaining in their own homes or the home of a loved one for as long as possible.They are the largest medical equipment loan closet in McHenry County. Items are donated and then recycled back out to those in need. There is no time limit for use, but they ask that when the item is no longer needed, the borrower returns the item/s back to us in the same condition it was borrowed.
- Senior Care Volunteer Network
38. The Village of Morton Grove
The Village of Morton Grove offers residents a Lending Closet Program. The Lending Closet contains health care equipment which we loan out on a first-come/first-serve basis.
The person borrowing the item must be a Morton Grove resident. The item must be returned to the Lending Closet when the person no longer resides in Morton Grove or moves to a nursing home. All items are free.
40. 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.
41. 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.