Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Equipment supplies and loan cupboards

A variety of aids and types of equipment is available on loan or for purchase to assist seniors or people with various communication, mobility and/or specific personal care needs. These resources include:

  • Communication aids
  • Vision aids
  • Incontinence Supplies
  • Specialized Clothing
  • Medical equipment – loans
  • Mobility aids and supports sales and rental
  • Orthopaedic appliances (orthotics)
  • Prosthetics

In terms of medical equipment, a number of loan cupboards exist from which people can borrow, for a short time, equipment such as hospital beds, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs; these services either charge a small fee, operate by donation or are free.

In the BC Capital Region, the Seniors’ Services Directory provides a listing of and contact information for these resources. As well, your regional health authority (Community Health Programs) may maintain and be able to provide you with a listing of equipment supplies and services.