Annapolis, Maryland (Associated Press) – From the moment the doctor said she had to undergo intensive foot surgery, Prince George County resident Janice Joyner knew that she had to pay more than just the surgery.
Her rehabilitation requires mobile devices. However, Joyner said, medical insurance Unable to pay for the scooter.
“I searched the Internet for some kind of device that can help me, but I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it,” she said.
After many Google searches, she said she came across the Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Recycling Program.
The program provides free donated equipment for Maryland residents, such as wheelchairs, walkers, beds, scooters, and even pediatric equipment that has been disinfected and repaired.
Applicants do not need to meet any income requirements to obtain equipment.
According to the program’s website, Marylanders with any disability, illness, or injury can use this device regardless of age.
Joyner said she thought the show was unbelievably good.
“At first I wondered (want to know)’Why does this place offer free resources?’,” she said. “But everything there is real, I’m surprised.”
According to the 2019 Disability and Health Data Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cost of medical care for disability in Maryland can be as high as $21,118 per person per year.
Joyner said that after a month and a half of operational assistance, she plans to send her scooter back to the program’s headquarters for others to use.
“Before, I could only jump five steps to my bathroom and come back,” she said. “With this scooter, I can get up.”
According to the CDC report, 10% of adults in Maryland have mobility-related disabilities.
This makes it the highest reported disability among other types of cognitive, self-care, and independent living.
Project director Ian Edwards said that despite many attempts to raise awareness of the project, many people still do not know its existence.
He said: “We started this work in January, but due to concerns about COVID, we are not sure how the plan will be viewed because it was previously used equipment.”
Edwards said that once the majority of Marylanders are vaccinated, more equipment will begin to be available to the public in March.
“We encountered a lot of difficulties in the beginning,” he said. “But the equipment is here (for now), and we are ready for people who have no other way to get it.”
Edwards said that since the start of the collection, the program has received more than 5,000 items.
Although the plan has not yet been delivered, he said that they have multiple satellite sites across the state where people can pick up equipment.
The program has 11 donation centers across the state, including three major landfills, where people can discard equipment.
Edwards told the Capital News Agency that they worked with county landfills to set up containers and raise awareness of reuse plans.
He said that although the plan helps residents, they also hope to ease the financial pressure on other donors.
“Whether it’s the healthcare system, the hospital provider, or even medical insurance“,” he said. “If we can save them money, with the inventory we now have, we hope to help in any way. “
Minister of Aging Rona Kramer (Rona Kramer) said that Maryland is the first state to offer this kind of statewide durable reuse program.
“There are few projects in this country so extensive,” she said. “We have the most advanced. We are bringing people back to life.”
More information about the program: https://aging.maryland.gov/pages/DME.aspx
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