Abilatools, an Exton-based nonprofit, is working hard to help seniors and people with disabilities by connecting them with free medical equipment, writes Karen Chandler for the Reading Eagle.
Founded seven years ago by Tracey Melia, Abilatools relies exclusively on community donations.
“Instead of going into a landfill, it goes in a new home,” she said.
Melia and her husband John run the nonprofit from their one-story home and small garage. From there, they dispense the donated medical equipment to people living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.
The Melias keep durable medical equipment, like wheelchairs and walkers, stored in their garage and home. The bathtub is filled with new packs of adult diapers, while fragile items reside under tables.
“We live among the stuff,” Melia said. “It’s sort of like Christmas all the time. Everybody gets to come and pick what they need.”
The nonprofit’s efforts are invaluable to many people in need, as there’s a common misconception that these items are covered by Medicare.
“There are so many people who have benefited from their efforts,” said Lucy Tsang-Grosse, a medical social worker at Bayada Home Health Care.
Read more about Abilatools in the Reading Eagle here.