EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM
Our Equipment Loan Program provides wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and other assistive devices for short-term (up to three weeks) and long-term loans. For your convenience, most of our equipment can be delivered directly to your home and when you no longer need it, we can arrange to have it picked up all at no cost to you.
Equipment is typically loaned out for vacations, family outings or when someone is going through an exacerbation. We cannot guarantee availability of equipment but will make every effort to accommodate your request. Call the chapter at 336-299-4136 or 1-800-344-4867 for more information.
Multiple sclerosis creates a range of challenges that can result in short-term financial crises, difficulty obtaining critical equipment and home or auto modifications, and diminished capacity to pay for MS-generated needs. The National MS Society’s Financial Assistance Program offers guidance, leverage and resources to help contain the financial impact of MS.
The chapter may be able to help with the following types of requests:
- Respite services
- Durable medical equipment (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers) and air conditioners
- Accessibility modifications to homes or automobiles such as ramps and hand controls
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Critical short-term needs such as emergency help with utilities or rent
Who Can Be Served?
Anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of MS who can demonstrate true financial need associated with the effects of multiple sclerosis is eligible for consideration. Since resources are limited, the National MS Society may not be able to fulfill all requests or cover all expenses related to a needed service or item. However, a consistent application process and the thorough evaluation of each application will help ensure support for those whose needs are the greatest and where support can be most effectively leveraged. When we are not able to fund specific needs through our own program resources, a National MS Society staff member can provide information and resources to help identify alternative solutions.
How Do I Get Started?
A common application and process provides access to all of the Financial Assistance Program’s initiatives in a community. The application can be obtained by contacting the National MS Society at 1-800-344-4867.