This page is a complete resource for free assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, and more) and independent living resources in the state of Minnesota.
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Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Minnesota
Argyle Hope Program
Working with area agencies, companies, and volunteers, Argyle Hope Program coordinates a number of services to seniors to assist them with staying in their homes including wellness programs, meals on wheels, transportation, etc. They also loan-out 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. 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 loans. They just ask that you bring it back when it is no longer needed.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency program provides medical equipment/supplies and assistive technology for a nominal fee for a certain loan period. Programs can provide a variety of equipment and supplies, such as Durable Medical Equipment.
Barnesville Area Helpers
The Barnesville Area HELPERS is a network of concerned volunteers assisting our neighbors over 65 to live safely and securely while enhancing their quality of life within the community. They have a lot of services for seniors such as Transportation, Light Home Care, Yard Work, Respite Care, Medical Equipment Loan Closet, and much more. Medical equipment includes Wheelchairs, Walkers, Canes, Toilet risers, Raised toilet seats, Bathtub safety rails, Bathtub grab bars along with other safety items.
Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota
Access North is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. The services they provide for seniors include wheelchair ramps project. The Ramp Project provides ramps for people with disabilities on a sliding fee scale. Many times, this project makes the difference between an individual coming home or living in an institution. The ramps are modular, made of wood, require no footings, and can be temporary or more permanent. Ramps are installed by a project supervisor and community volunteers. This makes them cost-effective - about a third of what it costs to have a typical contractor build one.
Department of Administration
Department of Administration organizes programs like Device Loan, Device Demonstration, Reuse, AT Training Online, Technical Assistance, and Information and Assistance. Device loans help users borrow a device for a time of need or to "try before they buy." Short-term and open-ended loans are available. You can also buy, sell and donate used assistive technology via STAR's Device Exchange page.
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church has an equipment lending program. The equipment can be borrowed for up to six months but can be extended for another six months with a phone call. Equipment available for loan includes Dressing aids, Bathroom aids, Commodes, Walkers, Wheelchairs, Canes, and Crutches.
Hamline Midway Elders
A small neighborhood non-profit, Hamline Midway Elders’ mission is to provide volunteer and professional assistance to enable elders to remain in their own homes with independence, dignity, and choice. Programs include Transportation, Meal & grocery delivery, Technology assistance, Handyman service, Adaptive equipment, and many more. Contact them to see how they can help you with your needs.
Kanabec County Community Health
Kanabec County Community Health has a medical equipment Loan Closet. 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.
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is a Twin Cities metro-based, non-profit 501.c.3 consumer-directed organization. There are more than 500 CILs in the United States and numerous CILs all over the world. Metropolitan Center for Independent Living provides some great programs for seniors one of which is the Ramp and Home Modification Project. You can get a wheelchair ramp via this program and make your home more assessable.
Minnesota Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
Unfortunately, for many a pair of glasses is both unaffordable and inaccessible. In developing countries, an eye exam costs as much as one month’s wages, and a single doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people. Minnesota Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center accepts used glasses and distributes them to people who can’t afford a pair of glasses.
MN Special Needs Equipment for Sale
Minnesota Special Needs for Equipment is a Facebook group for the sale and purchase of used medical equipment. Equipment available there might not be free but you can get very good bargains.
Nicollet County Government Center
Nicollet County Government Center has short-term and long-term equipment loan closet. 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. 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.
Northeast Senior Services, Inc.
Northeast Senior Services is a grassroot, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that has been has been helping seniors for more than 40 years. They provide rides through their volunteers, information, referrals, home modification, and much more.
Options Interstate Resource Center loans durable medical equipment to people with disabilities who lack the financial income or insurance coverage to fund its purchase or to access funding in a timely manner. The equipment is donated to Options and in turn, Options makes it available to people needing such. The equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, power chairs, canes, reachers, transfer benches, raised toilet seats and more. All the equipment is available on a first-come-first-served basis.