Medical Equipment Resources
There are many private medical equipment companies in Rhode Island. Medical equipment can be expensive to buy. The cost of certain medical equipment may be covered by your insurance or through the Department of Human Services Long Term Care Aged and Disabled Home and Community-Based Services Program -check before purchasing.
The resources listed below offer free or lower cost equipment for Rhode Islanders in need.
Accessible RI offers accessibility information for Senior Centers, Community Centers, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, wellness centers, walking paths, parks, restaurants, hotels, and much more.
Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) is a statewide partnership of Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program (ATEL), East Bay EducationalCollaborative (EBEC), Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL), and TechACCESS of Rhode Island, each with a targeted assistive technology focus, working together to improve access to and acquisition of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.
ATAP’s main initiatives include:
- Device Demonstration
- Device Loan
- Device Re-Use
- Training, Public Awareness, Collaboration, Information & Referral
Office of Rehabilitative Services,
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
ATEL loans landline/home phones and wireless devices to income qualified RI residents that are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability, or have neuromuscular damage or disease that makes it difficult to use a standard telephone. A variety of Speech and Hearing devices are also available. You can schedule an appointment to try products in the ATEL Hearing/Speech/Neuromuscular lab before selecting a device.
East Bay Educational Collaborative targets the needs of students and young adults with disabilities that may use technology tools for school, vocational skills and community living.
The Grand Masonic Lodge of Freemasonry of RI has (and accepts) donated medical equipment at the Robert J. Allen Medical Equipment Distribution Center in Warwick. Equipment is free and available on a first come first serve basis. Types of equipment available could be: Walkers – Canes – Wheelchairs – Commodes – Shower Chairs – Electric Hospital Beds – Lift Chairs – Transport Chairs – Ramps
Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL),
1944 Warwick Ave Warwick, RI
175 Main St Pawtucket, RI
401-244-7792 by video phone
Financial assistance may be available if the individual’s income is low and all other financing options have been exhausted.
Disability Rights of RI
275 Westminster St # 400
Providence, RI 02903
Disability Rights of RI provides a wide variety of printable publications that may help people with disabilities obtain assistive technology (e.g., wheelchairs, communication devices) from public funding sources, including Medicaid and Medicare.