If you're looking for free wheelchairs in Iowa, 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 Iowa.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Iowa
1. Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Aging Resources of Central Iowa Information & Assistance/Benefits Specialists provide information, assistance, referral, advocacy and counseling to older individuals and their families. Each contact, phone call or face-to-face interview, is unique to the needs of the caller. There is no fee for information and assistance services. Aging Resources of Central Iowa’s Information & Assistance/Benefits Specialists are Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) trained and certified.
2. Center for disabilities & development
Iowa Compass has information about services and supports for Iowans with disabilities, their families and service providers. Access thousands of local, state and national programs for people with complex health-related conditions and disabilities. The Iowa Compass resource database keeps listings of many loan closets. You can search for the resources here.
3. Camp Courageous of Iowa
Camp Courageous was founded in 1972 when 40 acres of land was donated for the sole purpose of establishing a camp for individuals with special needs.
They provide a medical equipment lending library for those in need. Anyone with a disability is welcomed and there is no charge to get equipment, however, donations are accepted.
4. Easter Seals Iowa
The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program helps Iowans learn about and access the assistive technology (AT) they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.
On contacting Easterseals, a team member will support you in identifying possible solutions that may assist a specific need. A team member can also provide demonstrations so the individual will be able to learn how to use the device(s). The Lending Library allows an individual to try devices free for 30 days allowing the individual to decide if a particular device will work well for them before they decide to purchase it. If applicable, the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program has available recycled and refurbished devices for a loan as well.
5. Exceptional Persons Incorporated
The use of durable health equipment often lets people remain in or return to their own homes rather than move into a more expensive or restrictive setting such as a nursing home. That's why we work hard to provide critical health equipment to families without health insurance.Fill this form to request the desired equipment
6. Faith in Action Volunteers, Inc.
The mission of Faith in Action Volunteers is to help you maintain your independence while preserving your dignity and quality of life at home.
Faith in Action maintains a lending closet of durable medical equipment, including walkers, crutches, bedside commodes, bath benches, and various other items. Adult diapers are also accepted and donated. However, Orthopedic appliances (such as sprain boots), CPAP machines, Oxygen supplies or advanced medical supplies, hospice supplies or medications cannot be accepted.
7. Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church has had years of experience lending medical equipment to those that would not otherwise have access to these items. Many items, such as wheelchairs and walkers, are quite costly. Most people who utilize our Lending Closet either do not have insurance or have plans that only partially cover such equipment.
Volunteers manage the Medical Lending Closet. They do not charge anything for the loan of the medical equipment; however, there may be a small deposit required for certain motorized items to ensure they are returned in good condition for the next person to use.
8. Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is empowered by God to bring people together to build and renovate homes, to revitalize our community and to restore hope. Their core program is helping with new home construction but since 2018, a new program was formed to build and install wheelchair-accessible ramps for low-income families. They have completed over 110 homes and 53 repairs(as of 2018), building in the towns of Davenport, East Moline, Milan, Moline, Rock Island, and Silvis.
9. Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) began service for in 1965, following the enactment of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This act provided for the development of community action programs that provide: services, assistance, and other activities...to give promise of progress toward elimination of poverty.
HACAP provides wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and stool risers that are available free of charge for a loan to individuals in Benton County.
10. His Hands Free Medical Clinic
His Hands receives gently used medical equipment from all over the community: hospitals, doctor’s offices, and community members. If you need equipment, please call and see if we have what you need. If you have medical equipment that you would like to donate, please call the clinic.
11. Iowa Able Foundation
Iowa Able is a non-profit organization that helps people of all abilities become financially independent by providing solutions to financial needs and empowering them to achieve financial goals.
They provide assistive devices that include any item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive devices provided by Iowa Able must be directly related to a person’s disability and help him or her to perform a function that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
They also have a home modification program to accommodate a person’s disability. They have other services such as vehicle modifications and financial services. Apply here.
12. Louisa County Public Health
LCPH provides nurses and home health aides, who take care of individuals in their homes, homemakers who provide assistance in the home, immunization clinics for children and adults, blood pressure clinics and Environmental Health Services.
LCPH educates and protects our community through programs that promote environmental safety, healthy life choices, safe food, and disease control. They also have a loan closet that has medical equipment available for county residents to use.
13. Muscatine Senior Resources
Senior Resources, Inc., in association with Trinity Episcopal Church, offers durable medical equipment on loan for those in need. This program is open to members of the Muscatine Community at no charge regardless of age. Items available include canes, bath benches, commodes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. Items can be checked out and returned when done. They welcome the donation of like items.
14. New Hope Ministry
New Hope’s Loan Closet offers a wide variety of Medical Equipment for you to borrow and keep as long as you need them at no charge. The equipment includes walkers, crutches, shower chairs, wheelchairs, and commodes.
15. St. Vincent de Paul - Cedar Rapids
St. Vincent de Paul - Cedar Rapids provides medical equipment to those in need including wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and commodes. They serve the areas of:
Cedar Rapids, Linn County
Hiawatha, Linn County
Marion, Linn County
Ely, Johnson County
Fairfax, Johnson County
Robins, Linn County
16. The Well
The Well Resource Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, offers help and hope for Marion County people struggling with shortages—with a lack of money, employment, transportation, housing, friends, and more. We use a holistic approach to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Medical items are made available at no cost to people who temporarily need some basic equipment. wheelchairs, commodes, toilet risers, crutches, canes, walkers, bath seats, and more.
17. Warren County Health Services
Warren County Health Services is a Public Health Nursing Agency providing assistance to the citizens of Warren County.
They provide many educational opportunities and clinic programs including adult and pediatric vaccinations, blood pressure screenings, foot care clinics for the elderly and diabetic, blood sugar screening and cholesterol screenings. We also participate in the WIC and Maternal Child Health programs in Warren County. This is just to name a few, please call for further explanation of services, clinics, and programs.
Warren County Health Services has a medical equipment loan closet with a variety of items available to Warren County residents. Call for more information regarding available items.