After your joint replacement surgery, certain equipment can make your recovery go a little easier and increase your independence. If available, you might want to borrow the items from friends or family.
The following is a list of places where you can purchase or borrow such items. Your health care team can help you get the items when you're being discharged from the hospital.
If you can get the items before your surgery, your discharge will go smoothly.
Call Allina Health Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment at 651-628-4800 or 1-800-737-4473 for information about rehabilitation and mobility equipment, specialty beds as well as other equipment, supplies and services.
Call the Goodwill Easter Seal Equipment Loan Program before your surgery at 651-379-5922, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Loans of donated medical equipment are based on availability.
Equipment that may be available includes wheelchairs, tub seats, walkers, bedside commodes and temporary tub rails.
If you have multiple sclerosis and are (or will be) registered with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, call the Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society at 612-335-7900 or 1-800-582-5296 for information about the Aids for Daily Living Program.
This program may help with the entire cost of program items up to $100 a year (such as October 2014 to October 2015).
Also, ask about the society's equipment subsidy program, which operates on a sliding fee scale. The Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society is located at 2344 Nicollet Ave., Suite 280, Minneapolis, Minn., 55404-3381.
This program shops for and delivers groceries and prescriptions to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities or trouble with mobility who live independently. This program serves the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul. You pay for your groceries and delivery. For more information call 651-642-1892 or visit helpatyourdoor.org.
Call your local American Legion, VFW or Lions Club. They often have health care equipment you can borrow.
Call your local drugstore to see what selection of equipment that store carries.
Look in your Yellow Pages or go to yellowpages.com and look under "handicapped services or equipment" or "home care services."
If you have more questions about medical equipment, home care, or short-term rehab facilities or transition care, please call: Allina Health Care Navigation Help Desk at 612-262-2200 or 1-855-227-5111.
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