A Red Deer charity that provides medical equipment for those who need it has been recognized with a 2017 Premier’s Council Award.
The Lending Cupboard received an Award of Excellence in Community on Friday from the Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Lending Cupboard officials are honoured, as the International Day for Persons with Disabilities is Sunday, December 3.
The Lending Cupboard’s vision is that all Albertans have access to medical equipment and daily living aids that enhance their quality of life. Its mission is to provide that equipment to enhance quality of life by maintaining mobility, independence and dignity.
With an inventory of more than 9,700 items, the Lending Cupboard lends out approximately 1,300 pieces of medical equipment each month. Last year, more than 9,700 clients were supported, with over 3,300 served in the first quarter of this year.
The equipment loaned out goes to children, youth, adults or seniors and helps with sports injuries, recovery from illness or surgery, end-of-life care and knee or hip replacements among others.
Equipment available through the Lending Cupboard includes air casts, bed rails, bath chairs, bath lifts, commodes, toilet risers, crutches, canes, hydraulic lifts, wheelchairs, walkers and many others.
The Lending Cupboard receives an annual grant from Alberta Health Services that covers 20 per cent of its budget, while other revenues come from private and government grants, private donations and support from a variety of local service clubs.
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