This page is a complete resource for free assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, and more) and independent living resources in the state of Ohio.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Ohio
Andrews Center’s mission is to welcome all who seek Christ; To prepare one another for living the Catholic faith and to share the Eucharist, and To go forth justly in service to all of God's people.
They loan medical equipment to anyone free of charge in the area. They accept used equipment like wheelchairs, medical beds etc and distribute them to the people in need.
GIVE Medical Ministry
Give Medical Ministry has free “loaner” reconditioned durable medical equipment closet that provides supplemental medical supplies to those in need. Anyone in need, with proper documentation, can obtain the equipment. However, statement of need from doctor, nurse, or therapist is required for some equipment.
Call. If no one answers, leave a message on answering machine and someone will return your call.
Marion County Council on Aging
The Marion County Council on Aging provides funding for senior services by awarding annual contracts to local agencies and service providers. They also have a county-wide transportation service for those seniors who live independently.
This service is for seniors who need transportation for medical appointments to the Columbus and Delaware areas. This service can only be used for medical purposes.
Easterseals Medical Equipment Loan helps individuals and caregivers during a time of need by providing equipment free of charge for up to 90 days. The program lends adaptive medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, shower chairs and bedside commodes to individuals with temporary or long-term illnesses or disabilities.
Independent Living Services for Older Blind Ohioans
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities can help citizens overcome challenges and maintain their independence. Independent Living Services for Older Blind Ohioans’s team assist Ohioans with meeting their specific needs by providing independent living services to older individuals who are blind.
OOD supports the provision of IL services, for eligible individuals to maintain independence in the community. The provision of services to support an individual’s goal of Independent Living may include Information and Referral, Providing Adaptive Aids and Equipment with Supported Training, Independent Living Skills Training, and supportive Services and Rehabilitation Teaching Services.
The Peace UMC Helping Hands Medical Equipment Ministry recognizee that we are better together; over 50 servants join hands together to reach out to those in need of medical equipment and hope.
They loan out durable medical equipment for as long as needed at no charge. Helping Hands receive requests for equipment from individuals, physical therapists, home health care agencies, social workers, local hospitals, Fairfield County Disabilities, Senior Options, American Cancer Clinic and many others. Compassionate drivers picking up durable medical equipment and deliver it.
LifeNets is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that develops programs offering practical assistance that promote the well-being and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged people throughout the world and, where possible, encourages them to pass on their LifeNets benefit to others.
They have many programs to help people with disabilities and one of them is the wheelchair project.
Matthew 25 Ministries
The mission of Matthew 25: Ministries is to fulfil Matthew 25:34-40 of the New Testament by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need.
They provide equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bedside commodes, shower chairs, Hoyer lifts, diapers (opened packages accepted), underpads, dressings, respiratory supplies including trach supplies and suction catheters, CPAP and BIPAP, ostomy supplies, braces and orthopaedics, needles, syringes, glucometers and test strips, urinary catheters, tube feeding formula and feeding bags, personal care items, blood pressure supplies and stethoscopes, thermometers, personal care items, gently used scrubs.
Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment
The Mid- Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE) was established by a group of independent living advocates as a Disability Resource Center. Immediately after President George H. Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 funding became available to establish more Centers for Independent Living throughout the United States.
MOBILE offers equipment and assistive devices, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other equipment on a loan basis. The Deaf Equipment program provides devices to the deaf or hard of hearing to improve safety and accessibility to the individual needing the equipment. This program is for residents of Franklin County (excluding the city of Columbus.)
Ohio Vally Goodwill Industries
Ohio Vally Goodwill Industries is a part of the world’s largest and most successful network providing employment and training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. They offer a Medical Equipment Loaner program as a community service. Included in the inventory are the following items:
- Shower Chairs
- Bedside Commodes
- Canes and more
Services for Independent Living
Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a local agency charged with helping and empowering individuals with disabilities to lead healthy, productive lives and to be able to participate in community life as they choose. They have an Equipment Loan Program and to receive a piece of equipment they have a process in place. You can follow the steps mentioned on their program page.
The Medical Loan Closet
The MLC offers at no cost durable medical goods for loan; generally for three months at a time, but always renewable as needed. The MLC is staffed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Tri-County independent living centre
Founded in 1985, Tri-County Independent Living Center, Inc. is a non-residential, non-profit 501©(3) organization whose Board of Directors and staff is comprised of a majority of persons with various disabilities.
The loan closet program at Tri-County independent living centre provides mobility, medical and home modification equipment for temporary use by people with disabilities. All equipment is loaned for a maximum of (3) months and must be returned to the center. There is a cash deposit required for wheelchairs, rollators, and wheelchair ramps. Call the Center for additional information.
The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter
Through the outpouring of support from the Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter has established the ALS Care Grant Program.
The ALS Care Grant Program offers up to 50 grants per quarter for up to $500 per grant. Clients must reapply every quarter to be reconsidered. Grants must be utilized for services related to patient care, including durable medical equipment purchase/copays, transportation assistance, speech generating device purchases/copays, home modification, and much more.
United Way of Jefferson County
United Way of Jefferson County in collaboration with their partner agencies, raises over $350,000 to support the people of Jefferson County. They have a free ramp program that involves volunteers building handicap ramps for Jefferson county residents.
Wheels of Hope
Wheels of Hope collects, reconditions, and gives free wheelchairs, walking aids and related durable medical equipment to those in great need in developing or recovering nations. We provide wheelchair distributions to those who do not have wheelchairs and seek wheelchair donations from those who have enough.