New society offers medical equipment loans

A new society in Wetaskiwin has the well-being of the community in mind as it offers medical equipment on loan free of charge.

Wetaskiwin Medi-lend Society

Wetaskiwin Medi-lend Society

A new society in Wetaskiwin has the well-being of the community in mind as it offers medical equipment on loan free of charge.

The Wetaskiwin Medi-Lend Society appeared at the Wetaskiwin Lions Club meeting Mar. 13 to describe their mission in the community and seek funding. Janice Lockhart and Diane Sauer, co-chairs, explained the non-profit society has been functioning in Wetaskiwin since last fall and has been warmly received. The ladies said many people saw a need in the community for a medical equipment loan service, they formed a working group then formed a society.

The society offers short-term loans of medical equipment that some people may not be able to afford to buy themselves. These loans are available to residents of the City of Wetaskiwin, County of Wetaskiwin and Town of Millet.

Equipment available for loans up to three months includes bath benches, bathtub rails, bed rails, crutches, canes, commodes, raised toilet seats, toilet armrests, walkers and wheelchairs.

Much equipment has been donated from within the community, and some has come from the Red Deer area. The ladies said there are many retired volunteers in the Wetaskiwin area with healthcare training and experience who are helping out.

The ladies said The Wetaskiwin Medi-Lend Society found an excellent location at 5106B-50 Ave in Wetaskiwin (the old Jonathan’s Men’s Wear building) and the program so far has proceeded well.

They explained the equipment may be needed for people who are recovering from illness, surgery, recently suffered a fall or require end of life care. The society has had almost 100 clients since last fall, and 67 just since January.

Since they are a volunteer, non-profit society, the Wetaskiwin Medi-Lend Society relies on volunteer help and donations.

The society can be contacted at 780-352-0206 and office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Wetaskiwin Lions Club approved a $1,000 donation to the society.