Injured? Disabled? NDAD’s Free Equipment Loan Program May Come In Handy

Marilyn and Jim Larimore didn’t need the new bed rails and Drive walkers they received in error via a shipping mix-up. When the seller told the Grand Forks couple to keep the merchandise at no charge, the Larimores decided to make sure the equipment ended up with “somebody able to use it, who really needed it,”  Marilyn said.

Then they remembered NDAD, the North Dakota charitable nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and health challenges. NDAD’s free equipment loan program helped the Larimores last year when Jim needed to borrow some for a health issue.

Terry Olmstead, NDAD’s Grand Forks equipment manager, assembles one of six new transport chairs donated to the North Dakota charitable nonprofit recently by Jim and Marilyn Larimore of Grand Forks.

Thanks to the Larimores’  generosity, the new equipment is now available for loan from NDAD.

Over the years, public generosity has helped NDAD help others help themselves.

For example, an equipment donation came recently from five Cary siblings, including Mike and Bob in Grand Forks and their three sisters. Thanks to them, NDAD’s equipment loan program has an additional wheelchair, walker, transport chair and cane that had been used by their late mother, Agnes Benter, who died at age 88 of cancer in April. The former Crosby, N.D., woman had lived the last years of her life in Minot.

The Cary siblings chose NDAD for several reasons, including its notable reputation as a helpful charitable nonprofit, according to Angela Cary, Mike’s wife.

“We just knew that it would go to a good place,” Angela said.

Who uses NDAD’s equipment loan program? People who have been injured or who are recovering from illnesses. People with congenital or other long-term health challenges.

Some people need the equipment for only a short period of time, making a purchase unfeasible. Others borrow equipment for days, weeks or a few months until they purchase like or similar equipment themselves, either on their own, through insurance providers, or with help from NDAD’s low-interest financial loan program for assistive devices.  The latter — provided in association with Alerus Financial –provides loans between $500 and $50,000 to qualified people with disabilities and other health challenges.)

NDAD’s free equipment for loan includes, but are not limited to:

• Manual and power wheelchairs and accessories

• Scooters

• Bed rails

• Reachers

• Transfer benches

• Portable ramps

• Canes of various types

• Bathtub and shower safety railings

• Commodes

• Gait belts

• Grab bars

• Toilet seat risers, rails and safety frames

• Shower chairs

• Walkers, knee walkers, walker trays and transport chairs

• Crutches

• IV poles

NDAD’s Sheryl Swanson takes a look at part of the equipment room located at the Fargo office.

NDAD’s free equipment loan program provided more than 900 pieces of equipment in 2012. So far this year, more than 300 items have been loaned from NDAD’s Grand Forks office alone. Equipment loans also are available from NDAD’s Fargo, Minot and Williston offices.

Visit an NDAD office for more information about its equipment loan program or its financial loan program, or contact NDAD by phone at (800) 532-NDAD (6323).