Parents of children living with special needs know that procurement of rehabilitative equipment can be costly and time consuming, even when the needed items are covered by health insurance. When they are not, the process can become even more cumbersome. Able Closet, a Northern California-based 501(c)3, serves as a community resource that allows families to browse the equipment the organization has on hand and “check it out” from their “library” of equipment. Their core mission is to facilitate mobility for as many children as possible.
In support of Able Closet, Convaid | R82 Business Development Representative Don Jones joined a team from National Seating & Mobility locations in Campbell, Fresno, Hayward and Santa Rosa who together inventoried Able Closet’s equipment, reorganized the warehouse, evaluated equipment and assessed what parts were needed to enable product.
During the event, Don Jones and the NSM crew worked together at a seating clinic where dozens of children were individually fitted to each item of loaned equipment.
“I enjoy working with families whenever I can. The work Able Closet does is pretty amazing. From wheelchairs, gait trainers to standers and walkers, they are able to provide so many kids an opportunity to get out and move, engage with friends and family, and generally live better lives thanks to the loaned equipment they are able to provide. I get the thrill of fitting kids to their new wheelchairs or walkers, knowing that they’ll get the best possible use out of the equipment as possible,” Jones said.
Santa Clara-based Able Closet acts as an interim between families and organizations, accepting donations of equipment that children may have outgrown or no longer need, and then lending them out to families with children that could greatly benefit from their use.
A survey of their inventory shows several Convaid wheelchairs, gait trainers, adaptive bikes, bath lifts, standers, walkers and an array of other equipment – all available to families living with special needs.
For families who have outgrown their equipment who may wish to donate it, the process is simple. Simply fill out Able Closet’s equipment donation form and your push forward is underway to a special needs family.