Getting High Cost DME Including Bariatric Devices

How to Get Donations or Recover High Cost DME

and AT – Including Bariatric Equipment



High-cost durable medical equipment (DME), such as power wheelchairs, scooters and bariatric equipment, is essential to maintain mobility and increase independence for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Expensive electronic assistive technology (AT) including environmental control units, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and global positioning systems (GPS) can be of great use to a person with mobility concerns or cognitive, organizational or learning disabilities. Used equipment in good condition can be found in closets, garages, storage units, on shelves and in other places.


A strategy to locate high-cost DME and AT is to target arthritis, spinal cord injury and diabetes support groups, weight loss clinics and businesses such as rural farm cooperatives and private precision farming companies. Using your network, determine who might be able to introduce you and your program to a potential donor. This introduction is important to more quickly establish credibility with a business donor. 


A reuse program contacted the editor of a regional farm and ranch publication. The editor was knowledgeable of the reuse program’s work and reputation and acquainted with program staff. The editor provided the introduction to a precision farming business that resulted in the donation of good used GPS technology.



Increasing Targeted Equipment Donations Packet, Product 1.b

Assistive Technology for Kansans – Expanding Reuse Project      

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Title: Getting High Cost DME Including Bariatric Devices
Module: Marketing/PR
Author: Assistive Technology for Kansans
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: Strategies for obtaining donated equipment
Procedure: Obtaining high cost DME donations
Organization Source: Assistive Technology for Kansans
Last Reviewed: 10-25-2009 7:21 PM