The Rotary Club of Keilor along with numerous other Rotary clubs is working to provide disabled and elderly individuals access to used mobility aids and equipment.
Residents of Brimbank that suffer with various disabilities will be able to benefit from the program that will give access to used disability equipment. Most of the disability aids that have been donated to the Rotary club are from people and organizations that do not need their adjustable beds, recliners, wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers and related items. All of the aids are checked and cleaned before being handed out.
Norm Draper, the Keilor club president said: “There is always a need to have more equipment for people who cannot buy the expensive adjustable beds, manual wheelchairs or even shower chairs. The need for such equipment is always there for elderly and disabled all across the Moonee Valley and Brimbank.”
He added: “We met with numerous service providers and came to know that people come to them as they struggle with getting access to disability aids and adjustable beds that are much needed for living as independently as possible.”
“Usually we send the used equipment abroad and now that we have seen the local requirement, we will be focusing on the people that have been left behind but require the assistance.”
“We have adjustable beds, wheelchairs and walkers amidst other things. But the requirement of the mobility equipment needs to be endorsed by a disability service provider, health and aged care provider. We encourage people to donate the mobility items that were being used for a family member who passed away. Someone can always use it.”