Short-Term Equipment Loan Program for People with Multiple Sclerosis
Funds for this program are provided through a grant from The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Incorporated
If you need short-term use of durable medical equipment and cannot afford to purchase or rent equipment, you may be eligible to loan (borrow) equipment from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hawaii Office.
· “Loan closets” include wheelchairs, walkers.
· A short-term loan is defined as use of available equipment from a few days to up to six months.
· Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
· There is no cost for this service.
What do you have to do?
1. Talk with your doctor about your situation and find out what specific type of durable medical equipment (if any) he or she recommends for you.
2. Call the Hawaii Office to find out if that particular type of equipment is available from the loan closet.
3. Obtain a prescription from your doctor that includes your name, the type of durable medical equipment needed, and the length of time you will need to use it.
A copy can be faxed to the Hawaii Office to reserve the equipment. The original copy must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office, however, prior to the release of equipment.
4. Complete and sign the Waiver and Agreement for Use of Equipment. This can be done by mail or by fax.
5. Equipment must be picked up from the loan closet location and returned to the loan closet location on or before the date.
6. If you live on a Neighbor Island that does not have an MS loan closet, equipment can be sent to you and returned to the Office via the same method of transportation. Staff will coordinate arrangements with you.
7. If you are unable to return the equipment to the Office by the due date, contact the MS Staff immediately to inform them.
Because equipment loans are scheduled for a specific period of time, others in need may be on a waiting list for the equipment you are using and special arrangements will have to made to accommodate them.
8. Any other questions or concerns? Contact staff by phone, fax, or email for assistance.
If you know people with multiple sclerosis that could benefit from this program, please ask them to call the Office for more information.