Had a bad break? In need of a temporary loan?
Many people are finding the physical support they need at the Trenton Loan Closet, and in the end, it’s not costing them a thing.
The Loan Closet is located inside the Westfield Activities Center, 2700 Westfield.
There are canes, crutches, four-prong canes, folding walkers and commodes available to be taken out as loaned property.
Along with those items, the closet also has shower chairs, seated walkers, wheelchairs, knee scooters and more.
For a deposit, which is refunded once the item is returned to the office, visitors can grab a cane or crutches for as low as a $5 deposit, the folding walker for $15, shower chair for $25, and the larger items, such as the seated walker, for $50.
Those who have borrowed from the spot sing its praises and express how grateful they are that such a place exists.
Kinsey Roberts, program coordinator, said the closet has opened doors for those who have experienced an unfortunate accident or just need some temporary assistance with their mobility.
Roberts said the items are donated by residents who no longer need them.
“The most requested items are wheelchairs and the shower chairs,” Roberts said. “Prices are astronomical to purchase them in the store. You can keep them for as long as needed — just return it.”
She recommends residents who have items to donate call ahead of time to make sure they can be used in the program.
“We always need wheelchairs with feet and seated walkers,” Roberts said.
The Loan Closet has made a difference for residents like Tina Kowalczyk, who recognizes how much of a money saver it has been for her.
“I’ve used the loan closet many times,” Kowalczyk said. “It’s nice to have quick, inexpensive and easy access to medical equipment. You don’t have to deal with the insurance companies. You borrow the equipment and return it so that someone else can use it and you don’t have to store it in your garage.”
The closet also came in handy for Casey Harhold, who believes it is a plus for Trenton to have this kind of service available in the community.
“The loan closet has helped us so much,” Harhold said. “There were multiple wheelchairs to pick from and everyone was so helpful to make sure the chair was a perfect fit. Having this support in our city is so inclusive and helpful.”
Another resident found out just how helpful the closet can be when her mother had hip surgery and they were able to borrow several items.
A credit card is preferred for the deposit.
There will be a two-week processing time for those who use cash or checks.
Call ahead to the center, at 734-675-7300, to check for availability.