Each year, hundreds of Massachusetts residents donate the durable home medical equipment and assistive technology they no longer use to REquipment. The devices are refurbished and reassigned to older adults and individuals with disabilities, including children and veterans. People who request devices have chronic or newly acquired disabilities, limited or no insurance, a temporary need for a device due to an accident or illness, or because their primary device is under repair. Half of REquipment’s device recipients are under the age of 65.
First piloted in 2014 to provide durable medical equipment (DME) to Greater Boston, REquipment expanded statewide in 2017. In 2023, the program began refurbishing and providing a broad range of assistive technology in addition to DME. More than $14 million worth of devices—from power wheelchairs to shower benches—have gone to Massachusetts residents since the program’s inception, representing significant savings to Medicaid and other insurance programs. REquipment also diverts tons of equipment from solid waste facilities—29 tons in fiscal year 2022 alone.