Porter County Aging and Community Services (PCACS) is partnering with Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick to launch a medical loan closet. “A loan closet connects community members in need to essential medical devices and supplies,” said PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner. “We are looking to our community to help us fill our closet with well-kept, clean items in good to excellent condition.”
PCACS is accepting donations at its offices of such items as: non-motorized wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, shower/tub benches, toilet seats/chairs, grab bars, reachers, knee scooters, unopened adult diapers, liners or pads, bed rails, blood pressure monitors, oxygen/pulse oximeter and gait belts, which are devices that help caregivers or family members safely move individuals.
To donate items, call 219-464-9736, Ext. 216, to make arrangements to drop them off at the PCACS offices in Valparaiso. The team asks that items not be left unattended at the building. The idea has been percolating since both Philbrick and PCACS have been receiving calls from community members looking for items. “We know there is a need for it,” Philbrick said. “We’re working together on a coordinated effort that will benefit the community.”
Once donations begin coming in, the team will open up the closet to Porter County residents who would benefit from the resources. “This is our first step: to seek donations,” Philbrick said. “We also hope to have a volunteer help in the future.” PCACS’ mission is to extend a helping hand to seniors, those with disabilities and low-income residents by providing services to improve their quality of life, including transportation, energy and emergency assistance, Section 8 and ramp programs.
For more information, visit www.portercountyacs.org .