Joseph’s Closet: A Give-and-Take Approach to Durable Medical Equipment
Give and Take
Often, the best kind of relationship is one that’s give and take, so to speak. That’s exactly the model the mission team employs at St. Joseph Hospital’s Joseph’s Closet – and it’s working beautifully.
The closet, which is a large office, accepts donations of gently used, durable medical equipment (DME) that’s in clean and working order. The equipment inventory includes everything from wheelchairs, walkers and canes to bed rails, raised toilet seats and shower chairs. The items are available, free of charge, to those in need in the Greater Nashua area.
Imagine these scenarios:
- You’ve severely injured your back and you’re immobile
- You’re struggling to maintain balance when walking any distance
- You slipped on the ice, fell and broke your leg
- You’ve been diagnosed with a condition that causes you to sleep restlessly
- Your surgery was successful, but bathroom visits are a struggle
- You’re worried about slipping and falling in the shower
Then imagine the expensive piece of medical equipment you need to help heal and improve your everyday quality of life is available to you – for free – at Joseph’s Closet.
“A big part of our mission is to help the poor and underserved. Sadly, the medical equipment people need is not usually covered by insurance and can be very expensive,” said Tara Collins, Mission Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital. “The closet has been open for over 3 years and has provided well over 2,000 items to people who couldn’t otherwise have afforded them.”
Those who have borrowed items have expressed their gratitude:
- My grandmother attended my wedding thanks to a wheelchair loaned to us
- After my mom’s surgery, she borrowed two walkers, so she could place them [at] different ends of the house for easy access
- We fulfilled my father’s dying wish, of visiting Boston’s Botanical Garden, in a wheelchair we borrowed
The closet is located at St. Joseph Hospital’s Medical Arts Building East, 166 Kinsley St. in Nashua between Suites 101 & 102. It is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
During that time, you may:
- donate equipment that is clean, safe and in usable condition – and approved by the volunteer on duty, or
- borrow equipment that would be helpful to you.
If you have any questions, you may visit our website at stjosephhospital.com or listen to an informational voicemail at 603.579.5634.