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Civitan Club’s medical equipment loan program makes a difference in quality of care

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BY AMY HOGUE

The medical equipment bank is named in honour of Smiths Falls Civitan Club founder, Sam Wilson.

The medical equipment bank is named in honour of Smiths Falls Civitan Club founder, Sam Wilson.

A new program available at the Smiths Falls Civitan Club is helping to improve the quality of care for those suffering from illness, or recovering from surgery or injury. The Sam Wilson Memorial Medical Bank, located in a trailer behind the Civitan Club on Hwy 15, opened last fall and has already made a difference for more than 30 members of the community.

Civitan Club Treasurer Gib Hodge, who spearheaded the equipment bank, explained there are other Civitan Clubs in the area who are running a similar operation, and he thought it would be a good idea for Smiths Falls.  When Civitan Club founder Sam Wilson passed away, he left a sum of money to the Civitan Club, and Hodge said he thought the medical equipment bank was the perfect application for Wilson’s bequest.

“I thought ‘why don’t we start a medical bank in his memory?’ I think he’d really like that,” Hodge explained.

All items in the medical equipment bank are donated to the Civitan Club. Hodge, who has been a Civitan Club member for 48 years, said he receives donations from individuals in the community after a family member has passed away, or from nursing homes.  Individuals looking to borrow a piece of equipment need only sign a waiver and can keep the equipment until it’s no longer needed.

“It really makes a difference in the quality of care for people who are recovering or are ill,” Hodge explained, adding that it “makes you feel good to help somebody out.”

When asked what kind of equipment is on hand in the trailer, Hodge was quick to reply: “everything.”

Hodge explained they have hundreds of crutches and dozens of canes available for loan.  Other equipment includes bath seats, bath chairs, extended chairs, two-wheel walkers, four-wheel walkers, wheelchairs, automatic chair lifts, collapsible wheelchairs, safety bars, raised toilet seats and more.

Susan Richards took advantage of the equipment loan program when her daughter, Kaity Peterson, broke her ankle in March 2015.  Richards was planning on going to the Perth Civitan Club to borrow a wheelchair when she heard there was also one in Smiths Falls.  She said she was able to get a wheelchair right away, which she returned six weeks later after her daughter had recovered.

“It was great being able to get it right here in the community,” Richards said. “It was something she (Kaity) really needed and it gave her a lot more freedom to move around.”

The medical loan program takes donations of any medical equipment that’s available.  Hodge said they could really use a few more collapsible wheelchairs, but any equipment will be gladly accepted.

Hodge said the equipment bank doesn’t purchase new equipment, but that funds are spent in repairing existing equipment, and buying parts as needed.  To offset some of these costs, an upcoming raffle in memory of Jack Richardson will raise funds for the equipment bank.  

Up for grabs at the raffle, which will take place on Dec. 4 at the Civitan Club’s Festival of Trees, is a festival quilt, bench and wreaths.  Tickets can be purchased at the Civitan Club or from a Civitan Club member.

To donate or borrow medical equipment, please contact the Civitan Club at 613-284-0818 or Gib Hodge directly at 613-283-2318.

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  1. Francine Nault says:

    Would it be possible for me to get a wheelchair on loan for my husband. He is being discharged March 10th from Elizabeth Bruyere in Ottawa after a long illness and a stroke. He has been in several hospitals since August 2019 for ex. the Civic, Winchester and now Bruyere. He is far from being strong and eats only pureed food as he suffers from swallowing. We live on Highway 43 Mountain. Thank you.


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Civitan Club’s medical equipment loan program makes a difference in quality of care

Medical3

BY AMY HOGUE

The medical equipment bank is named in honour of Smiths Falls Civitan Club founder, Sam Wilson.

The medical equipment bank is named in honour of Smiths Falls Civitan Club founder, Sam Wilson.

A new program available at the Smiths Falls Civitan Club is helping to improve the quality of care for those suffering from illness, or recovering from surgery or injury. The Sam Wilson Memorial Medical Bank, located in a trailer behind the Civitan Club on Hwy 15, opened last fall and has already made a difference for more than 30 members of the community.

Civitan Club Treasurer Gib Hodge, who spearheaded the equipment bank, explained there are other Civitan Clubs in the area who are running a similar operation, and he thought it would be a good idea for Smiths Falls.  When Civitan Club founder Sam Wilson passed away, he left a sum of money to the Civitan Club, and Hodge said he thought the medical equipment bank was the perfect application for Wilson’s bequest.

“I thought ‘why don’t we start a medical bank in his memory?’ I think he’d really like that,” Hodge explained.

All items in the medical equipment bank are donated to the Civitan Club. Hodge, who has been a Civitan Club member for 48 years, said he receives donations from individuals in the community after a family member has passed away, or from nursing homes.  Individuals looking to borrow a piece of equipment need only sign a waiver and can keep the equipment until it’s no longer needed.

“It really makes a difference in the quality of care for people who are recovering or are ill,” Hodge explained, adding that it “makes you feel good to help somebody out.”

When asked what kind of equipment is on hand in the trailer, Hodge was quick to reply: “everything.”

Hodge explained they have hundreds of crutches and dozens of canes available for loan.  Other equipment includes bath seats, bath chairs, extended chairs, two-wheel walkers, four-wheel walkers, wheelchairs, automatic chair lifts, collapsible wheelchairs, safety bars, raised toilet seats and more.

Susan Richards took advantage of the equipment loan program when her daughter, Kaity Peterson, broke her ankle in March 2015.  Richards was planning on going to the Perth Civitan Club to borrow a wheelchair when she heard there was also one in Smiths Falls.  She said she was able to get a wheelchair right away, which she returned six weeks later after her daughter had recovered.

“It was great being able to get it right here in the community,” Richards said. “It was something she (Kaity) really needed and it gave her a lot more freedom to move around.”

The medical loan program takes donations of any medical equipment that’s available.  Hodge said they could really use a few more collapsible wheelchairs, but any equipment will be gladly accepted.

Hodge said the equipment bank doesn’t purchase new equipment, but that funds are spent in repairing existing equipment, and buying parts as needed.  To offset some of these costs, an upcoming raffle in memory of Jack Richardson will raise funds for the equipment bank.  

Up for grabs at the raffle, which will take place on Dec. 4 at the Civitan Club’s Festival of Trees, is a festival quilt, bench and wreaths.  Tickets can be purchased at the Civitan Club or from a Civitan Club member.

To donate or borrow medical equipment, please contact the Civitan Club at 613-284-0818 or Gib Hodge directly at 613-283-2318.

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One Response to “Civitan Club’s medical equipment loan program makes a difference in quality of care”

  1. Francine Nault says:

    Would it be possible for me to get a wheelchair on loan for my husband. He is being discharged March 10th from Elizabeth Bruyere in Ottawa after a long illness and a stroke. He has been in several hospitals since August 2019 for ex. the Civic, Winchester and now Bruyere. He is far from being strong and eats only pureed food as he suffers from swallowing. We live on Highway 43 Mountain. Thank you.


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