Western Colorado couple collecting used medical gear
SILT, Colorado ” When Daniel Ferry was released after an eight-week Grand Junction, Colorado hospital stay last summer, as with many patients his return home required that he obtain some medical equipment to help with his recovery.
That’s when he and his wife, Becky, embarked on an interesting mission ” either go to the expense of buying the needed equipment brand new, or find the necessary equipment used.
“People are anxious as it is when that time comes to be discharged, but then they are often faced with not having the items in the house to help when they’re back at home,” Ferry said.
After all the other medical expenses, it’s nice to not have to deal with that extra cost, he said.
They were put in touch with a church-based program that works with Grand Mesa Medical Supply, providing used equipment that’s still in good condition. Soon, they were able to find a wheelchair and walker and other items they were in need of.
“It can be rather hit and miss, but it’s a great service,” Ferry said, adding that most of the time they’re only used for a short time before they’re no longer needed.
But that doesn’t mean someone can’t still use them. So, after his recovery back home in Silt, he and Becky decided to start a similar program in Garfield County.
Return Home is a new nonprofit organization working locally with Valley View Hospital’s Patient Family Advisory Council and other organizations to round up and redistribute medical equipment to those who need it.
With help from volunteers, they collect durable medical goods and keep them in a storage unit, and redistribute them as called upon.
They will also operate a collection center at the upcoming Valley View Hospital health fairs, taking place April 18 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, April 25 at Glenwood Medical Associates, and May 2 at Coal Ridge High School.
“We’ll gather up any goods that people would care to bring in at that time, and we’ll be available to speak to people and share information about our service,” Ferry said.
The items are sold for a minimal amount, even just a dollar if that’s all someone can afford. An official transfer of ownership is required for liability purposes, he explained.
“I would also like to thank everyone for their contributions to date,” he said. “A lot of people have expressed how grateful they are that we’re doing this.”
For more information about Return Home, call (970) 876-0318.
Contact John Stroud: 384-9160