Our volunteer-led medical equipment service provides wheelchair hire and short-term loans of equipment at almost 1,000 outlets in the UK, helping tens of thousands of people every year.
The service helps people return to their own homes after a hospital stay, enables them to go on holiday with friends or family, and promotes independence. The main types of equipment provided include: wheelchairs, backrests, bath seats, walking sticks and frames, and commodes, bedpans and urinals.
Our volunteers have good interpersonal skills and an understanding of the differing physical needs of service users. All our volunteers are also provided with basic training in social care and first aid skills.
If you would like further information, please get in touch with your local Red Cross branch office.
Equipment is usually available within 24 hours in an emergency and is loaned free of charge, although a refundable deposit may be requested. We also welcome donations from our service users, which help us to continue providing this valuable service.