Medi-Lend request added to Millet budget deliberations

A donation request from the Wetaskiwin Medi-Lend Society has been deferred by Millet town council to its upcoming budget process.

Town of Millet

Town of Millet

A donation request from the Wetaskiwin Medi-Lend Society has been deferred by Millet town council to its upcoming budget process.

Co-chairs of the Medi-Lend Society, Judy Holm and Diane Sauer, appeared at council’s March 8 meeting to request a donation of $2,500 from the 2017 FCSS budget.

Sauer says the Medi-Lend Society was created as a storefront to ensure gently used equipment could stay easily accessible in the community for those who needed to borrow the equipment on a short term basis.

“We’re gratefully accepting any gently used equipment,” said Sauer.

“Each month our loans and equipment returned continue to increase,” she added.

In January Medi-Lend saw 67 clients, 60 of them being seniors. “That’s 90 per cent of our clients are seniors,” said Sauer.

While situated in the City of Wetaskiwin, the Medi-Lend Society receives referrals from all over the region, including Camrose Edmonton and Red Deer; 46 January clients were from Wetaskiwin and five were from Millet.

Sauer added 60 per cent of the society’s volunteers have a healthcare background.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth asked if the society had a equipment delivery service, However, it is “pickup only” at the storefront.

“Most of our volunteers are seniors as well,” said Sauer.