The Harold Simmons Foundation and the W. B. and Edna Zale Foundation have both recently granted multi-year grants to increase the nonprofit’s ability to provide durable medical equipment (DME) to more clients. DME Exchange collects gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, and home hospital beds, refurbish and sanitize the equipment, and then distribute it free of charge to Dallas County residents who have a financial need, no health insurance or a gap in coverage, and a physician’s prescription for the item.
Without this recycling effort, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of DME would lie idle in closets, attics, or garages, or, worse yet, be tossed into the trash dump. Additionally, recycled and refurbished equipment is used by multiple clients for longer periods of time. Therefore, the dollars the nonprofit’s invest in the program go further.