As we mature, we increasingly need Durable Medical Equipment including items like canes, wheelchairs, crutches, and more. After surgery or an accident, we may need such devices. Sometimes, these items may be available either free or with a co-pay through Medicare or other insurance. There is another solution possible in the greater Boston area–The Massachusetts Masons.
The Massachusetts Masons are located at 500 West Cummings Park, Suite 1150, in Woburn. (Take Route 128N, get off at Washington Street, Exit 36, and take a RIGHT. Go about 1/2 mile and turn right when you are opposite Staples. Bldg 500 is in the back of the enclave). They are open ONLY from 9-12 on Saturdays, and the line moves very fast. While I was there, I saw wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and shower chairs taken. If you need something a bit more unusual, call 781-322-1052 before showing up. I was told that they have 30,000 pieces in circulation and ask that you return what you borrow.
I have been successfully able to use the Masons as a source three times. I was even able to get a Hoyer Lift for my mother, something that would normally cost about $800. They ask that you return items when they are no longer needed and are happy to receive donations.