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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
5/29/11 4:51 P

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Freecycle is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing. I am especially sensitive to the issue now that I have no insurance. It is like a diabetic without insulin. If we can help someone at the same time as saving the environment we have done a good deed.



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5/29/11 11:02 A

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I have posted on freecycle before and sometimes successfully given away masks. Other times not had any takers.

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5/28/11 2:22 A

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Hmm, I haven't tried to donate my extra machine. I like having a spare of everything in case something goes wrong with one, especially now that I do not have insurance. I just figured the machine could go to a senior thrift store, but I have never seen prescribed medical equipment in a thrift store. I wonder about Craigslist. If you could post it for free. It could be very helpful for an insurance less person. Back to the liability issue. I wonder if there is a precedent for this. Think I will look it up.
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So the answer is yes, there are places to donate old equipment. Also recommended on a another site was to call your sleep lab and see if they will accept donations or refer you to a proper program.

I was also glad to see that Awake in America provides machines for disaster victims and low income people.



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5/25/11 9:19 P

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I have donated my old masks back to the company, where I get them. I
don't know of anyone personally, who uses a machine. I have
a cpap machine that I would love to donate. I have even talked to
Medicare about what to do with it. I don't need it now that I have a bipap,
but I don't know of any place in our area to donate it. I know when I
donate it back to the company, they clean them and resell them.
The gal @ Medicare had no clear cut words to tell me. I just know
that once it is paid off, the machine belongs to me. It is a shame to
keep things like these that are so essential. Those machines
costs hundreds of dollars. I couldn't toss mine @ all. Even used
hoses can be cleaned & used again. I get a new one each month.
Now, I get 2 white filters per month. I don't feel right tossing a hose.
But that is what I do, because I don't know where to donate them.

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"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
Psalm 121: 1-2 (NIV)


 
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5/24/11 8:33 P

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I didn't know old machines could be donated, I was told to toss them.
I have an abundance of nose masks but they won't last long.Am cutting down on everything and tossing a lot not of equipment but the rest of my"stuff".
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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
5/12/11 2:09 A

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Great idea of putting the equipment check reminders into a day planner.

Think I will do that. I am suppose to wash or change filters 2x monthly.



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DR1939's Photo DR1939 SparkPoints: (166,266)
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5/11/11 5:48 P

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Medicare allows mask, filter, and hose replacement every six months. You can get 6 filters each time. On the day I bring them home I set up reminders to change the filter each month for the next 6 months. On the last day I set a reminder to pick up more. The mask I use has a changeable gel piece that Medicare allows bi-weekly changes. You can get new ones every 3 months. I only change monthly, but set up the same reminders. I'm a little lazy about cleaning the mask and humidifier but always have a reminder on my calendar to do this on the day before the house cleaners come. Then I don't have to worry about drips on the floor and a messy sink top.

 
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5/11/11 3:16 P

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Here is the challenge.

1) Go through all your equipment.
2) Toss anything you may never use again. Donate old machines and seldom worn masks.
3) Order what you need.

Come back and let us know when you completed these tasks.



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