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Q: Where can you bring donations of used home medical equipment?

A: Carle Hospice accepts some used medical equipment for their patients' use.

Depending on the condition of the equipment, the hospice service will accept donations of such equipment as hospital beds that can easily be broken down, over-bed tables, wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, walkers and four-wheel walkers, bath chairs, bath transfer benches, patient lifts and alternating pressure mattress pads, according to Carle spokeswoman LAURA MABRY.

Don't bring the items to Carle without calling ahead to Carle Medical Supply, which will arrange for a home visit to assess the equipment you want to donate, she said. Ask to speak to the intake coordinator.

Several local charities also take donations of mostly smaller medical equipment items.

One is Urbana's PACE Inc., which puts donated medical equipment to use through a lending program.

PACE accepts used wheelchairs, canes, bath benches, shower seats, commodes (that are still in the box) and bed rails, according to Program Director JERMAINE RAYMER.

PACE is also currently in need of portable wheelchair ramps, he said.

People looking to borrow any of this equipment pay one fee of $15 a year, Raymer said.

Donations of equipment should be clean and in working order, and must be brought to PACE (1317 E. Florida Ave., U).

PACE asks that you call ahead before you bring your equipment donations, to make sure they're items that can be stored.

Three more places to donate used medical equipment are Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County's ReStore, the Salvation Army of Champaign County and Salt & Light Ministries. They generally accept donations of such smaller equipment items as canes, wheelchairs, walkers and crutches.

The Salvation Army both resells these items and donates them to people in need, according to Maj. RANDALL SUMMIT.

For people in need, he said, "we try to always have at least one or two walkers held back and a wheelchair for such a situation."

If you plan to donate your items to Salt & Light, you can take them to either its Champaign location (1512 W. Anthony Drive) or its Urbana site (1819 S. Philo Road).

Promise Healthcare is currently looking for a donation of an extra-wide wheelchair for its Frances Nelson Health Center in Champaign but otherwise can't generally accept used medical equipment, according to Executive Director NANCY GREENWALT.