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.
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. ******** www.reggiewhitefoundation.org/suppor t/ default.asp
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 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".
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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