As neuromuscular diseases progress, MDA clinic team members are prepared to recommend and prescribe various types of medical equipment that can increase independence and quality of life. When such equipment is needed, MDA offers assistance in obtaining prescribed items through its national equipment program and referrals to community resources. MDA also assists with repairs to medical equipment used in connection with a neuromuscular disease.
MDA’s national equipment program is open to anyone — regardless of age, employment or insurance coverage — for whom medical equipment has been recommended and prescribed by an MDA clinic doctor in relation to a neuromuscular disease diagnosis. To the extent feasible and when available, the program provides good-condition, gently used wheelchairs and other medical equipment, such as shower chairs, hospital beds, walkers and canes, communication devices and similar items. Your local MDA office gratefully accepts donations of medical equipment for distribution through its equipment loan program. MDA is able to make minor repairs to gently used items. Use this site’s local office locator to find the MDA office near you.
In addition to MDA’s equipment program, many federal, state and local resources are available to assist individuals with equipment purchases. To find resources that may be of assistance to you, please visit the section called More Resources. In addition, because many helpful resources are community-based, you’re encouraged to contact your local MDA office to learn more about those other options in your community. Local MDA staff maintain an extensive database of resources available in your area. Contact your local MDA office or call (800) 572-1717 to be connected with knowledgeable staff who can help navigate the process of obtaining prescribed equipment.
MDA understands that keeping medical equipment in working order is vital to independence and quality of life. Since many public and private insurance programs don’t assist with repairs to equipment, MDA offers assistance with the cost of repairs and/or modifications to all types of durable medical equipment needed in connection with your or your loved one’s neuromuscular disease. Contact your local MDA office for more information.