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Donating Your Used Power Wheelchair

Donating your used power wheelchair is an easy way to help people with disabilities save hundreds or thousands of dollars, not to mention a lot of frustration. There are many people who need a power device but do not qualify through insurance. Unfortunately not everyone can afford a power wheelchair out of pocket. What can be done with an old/used power wheelchair? That is a question many people with disabilities ask themselves when they decide that they no longer need their wheelchair. Wheelchair users sometimes decide that they do not want or need their wheelchair anymore and they find it hard to get rid of the equipment, or to sell it for some kind of return on their investment. It is important to know that donations are highly valued and needed. The local hospitals as well as almost all VA hospitals accept donations for patients in need. There are also many non-profit organizations that welcome power wheelchair donations. For a list of non-profit organizations to donate to, please visit www.wheelchairfoundation.org.
There are many services out there that allow you to publish and advertise your used wheelchair. For example, craigslist.com provides a section for listing and selling your unwanted items, some users prefer to post under the “Health and Beauty” category, other users place their ads under the “General for Sale” category. Depending on what type of equipment you are trying to sell, you can use your own judgment on what section it belongs in. Ebay.com also provides a similar service that allows you to publish and advertise ads related to your wheelchair or medical equipment, for this service you are required to sign up and log in to your account in order to be able to post your used wheelchair. Another option to selling or buying a used wheelchair is Disability Forums. Websites like apparelyzed.com, allows users to buy and sell, used wheelchairs from their community of loyal and dedicated users.
As a buyer of a used power device it is always important to make sure that the wheelchair you are buying has some manufacturer information that comes along with it. You can also find this information posted online. When purchasing a used power wheelchair ask for photos, and ask plenty of questions to make sure you are getting the wheelchair you see in the pictures, and not something that is broken or non-repairable. Be sure that you are able to physically see and test the device before the final purchase. As a reminder to the donator it is important to keep all information about your donation to use when filing your taxes. Most donations are considered tax-deductible in the year in which you made the donation. If you have questions or concerns please contact an Aeroflow Representative at www.aeroflowinc.com or call (888) 345-1780 and we would be happy to assist you with your used power wheelchair.

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