If you're looking for free wheelchairs, free mobility scooters, and other free mobility aids in South Carolina, 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 South Carolina.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in South Carolina
1. ALS Association, South Carolina Chapter
ALS’s mission to support people living with ALS in SC and their loved ones through services and education. To discover treatments and a cure, to serve, advocate and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program is a signature feature and service that ALS offer to the patients. Keeping this loan program viable is critical to making a difference for families, especially related to patient mobility.
AccessAbility strives to bring independence to the surrounding communities and their citizens. Through donations of gently used durable medical equipment (DME), this program provides an opportunity for access, independence and divergence for people with disabilities.
They provide two options for service to the community:
1) Equipment Loan Program
2) Fee For Service Program
To learn more about these programs, head over to their website.
3. Angel Flight Soars
Angel Flight Soars arranges free air transportation for people who need to travel to receive lifesaving medical treatment, but lack the means. They help families focus on getting better instead of worrying about how to get there, and they coordinate 9 missions a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
4. City of Isle of Palms
The Isle of Palms Fire Department Medical Loan Closet was established to lend medical equipment to residents and visitors in need of such equipment temporarily.
The Medical Loan Closet loans the following medical equipment: folding wheelchairs, walkers, walker's with seats and brakes, portable toilets, crutches, canes, and shower seats.
Residents and visitors who wish to borrow medical equipment must complete this form and provide a copy of their driver's license.
5. Crooked Creek park
Crooked Creek Park is a state-of-the-art recreation complex that opened in 1994 to serve the Chapin portion of the Irmo Chapin Recreation District. The park quickly became an integral part of the Chapin community and serves as a recreational and social hub for Chapin residents.
The Ruth Browne Memorial Loan Closet loans wheelchairs, walkers, and other durable medical equipment to older adults on a short term basis.
SC Department on Aging is a directory to find a lot of information and resources. You can find organizations that provide transport in your area here. Some of these organizations provide medical equipment too. It is worth noting, however, they do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information due to frequent changes.
7. Hospice and Community Care
The Caring Closet at Hospice & Community Care is a durable medical loan program serving the residents of York, Chester, Lancaster, and the surrounding South Carolina counties.
For many citizens in South Carolina, the cost of renting or purchasing necessary medical equipment – items like wheelchairs, walkers, commode chairs, canes, crutches, and the like – can be prohibitive, even with insurance coverage. The Caring Closet at Hospice & Community Care seeks to practice sensible stewardship by making use of the material resources already available in our community and sharing them with people in need.
The Caring Closet is currently open once a week on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
8. Lighthouse Ministry
Lighthouse Ministry help Florence area churches organize and administer community resources, reaching out in cooperative Christian fellowship, providing for the relief of emergency physical needs, and, in doing so, ministering to the spiritual needs of God’s children. Lighthouse Ministries Ramp Assistance Medical Program (RAMP) is a reimbursement grant that is primarily funded by the United Way of Florence County. This program assists low income Florence County disabled residents gain safe mobility in and out of their homes. This program is coordinated with the assistance of Lighthouse Ministries’ volunteers. Give them a call to see if you are eligible for the program.
9. Little River Lions Club
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Little River Lions Club is the local chapter of Lions Clubs International. They organize a ton of program for people with disabilities. These programs range from Used Eyeglasses Collection & Recycle to Handicap Ramps. See details of their programs here.
10. Piedmont Agency on Aging, Inc
Piedmont Agency on Aging serves Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Saluda Counties. They offer an array of services that assist seniors, while preserving their independence and dignity. These services include meals, transportation, and much more. Piedmont Agency on Aging also offers transportation to individuals who are (1) 60 or older, and (2) not eligible for Medicaid Transportation. Included in the services provided under this program is transportation to and from: The Congregate Nutrition Sites, doctor’s office, grocery store, bank and post office. A four-day notice is required for this service.
11. SC Assistive Technology Exchange
SCATP, a federally funded program, is focused on getting assistive technologies into the hands of disabled South Carolina residents who can use it to better live, learn, work, play and lead an independent life. Tell SCATP that you need help affording a handicap van or accessibility equipment and modifications.
12. South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging
Area agencies on aging have offices throughout the state and they can be of great assistance in finding a medical equipment or grants. Different agencies have different programs and you need to check with your local agency but they will either help you directly or point you toward the right direction. Here you can browse a list of 10 agencies and contact your local agency.
13. South Carolina State Office of Veterans’ Affairs
The OVA of South Carolina advocates for the more than 400,000 state residents who have served in the US military. If you are among them, and if your impaired mobility is a result of your service or of care given under the auspices of the VA, make contact. You may be in line for a disability grant you can use to lease, or buy a mobility assistance.
14. Spartanburg Shares: A Community Closet for Medical Equipment
Spartanburg Shares mission is to lend durable medical equipment, free of charge, to any resident of Spartanburg County for up to 90 days.
The inventory is comprised of gently-used donated equipment for the express purpose of "paying it forward." There is no income threshold or insurance requirement associated with the equipment loans, just a picture ID proving residence in Spartanburg County.
15. St. John's United Methodist Church
St. John's United Methodist is a warm, friendly, multi-generational church that has much to offer to children, youth, and adults of all ages. Jack Meeks Memorial Ramp Ministry can help you with getting a wheelchair ramp to make your home more assessable.
16. The Lending Room
The Lending Room acts as a clearing house for gently used medical rehab equipment including walkers, wheelchairs, bedside commodes, shower seats, rollators and much more. They can arrange for pick up and drop off of larger equipment by calling ahead with your needs. Equipment is "as is" and is distributed on a first come first serve basis. Availability fluctuates depending on donations. The Lending Room asks for a minimum of $1 donation per item to cover expenses.
17. Touch the Future, Inc.
Over the years, Touch the future has issued over 30,000 assistive technology and medical devices. Their goal is to provide individuals with disabilities and seniors with affordable assistive technology and other tools they need to live independently and achieve life goals. Apply for an assistive technology grant here.
18. United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville
United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville recycle gently used medical equipment and redistribute items to those who need it the most.