‘Back-in-Use’ program accepting medical equipment donations for those in need

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you have a wheelchair, walker or any other assistive device that you no longer use, there is a program in the metro willing to take it off your hands and give it to those in need.

The Adelante Development Center’s Back-in-Use program recycles assistive devices and gives them to people with disabilities and seniors in need.

“People with disabilities and seniors deserve to be a part of the community and these devices make that possible for them,” Adelante’s Jill Beets said.

All equipment gets cleaned and a safety inspection before they are given away. When the devices are given away, they’re given to people in need or those who may not have the means to afford the devices.

“They often don’t upgrade, they often don’t have what they need but here we have the equipment,” Beets said. “I keep saying for people with disabilities and seniors, but we even have pediatric equipment. Children outgrow it very quickly.”

The program is always in need of a variety of items to meet all kinds of needs – but right now, some devices are higher up on the list than others.

“Some of the things that we definitely need are rollators, which are a fancy kind of walker that has four wheels and a seat where you can rest. We’re low on those, we’re low on regular wheelchairs and we are also low on shower chairs and transfer chairs,” Beets detailed.

For more information on the program, regarding how you can receive or donate these devices, visit their website. You can also call (505) 445-5332 to donate or request equipment or (505) 341-7171 to make an appointment.