Gdansk: free medical equipment for residents with disabilities

The city of Gdansk, led by mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, has started a wonderful initiative that offers rehabilitation equipment renting for all the people who possess a disability certificate.

The idea is to help people with disabilities to save money by renting the equipment they need, instead of buying it. This initiative is a necessary help for residents of Gdańsk who have a valid certificate of disability or, in the absence of such a certificate, for people who demonstrate the legitimacy of using the equipment. A written indication from a doctor to use a specific device is obligatory.

Citizens of Gdansk will now be able to take equipment at al. Gen. Józef Haller 115 in Gdańsk.

At the request of the Municipal Family Support Center in Gdańsk, the lending shop is run by the “Wspólnota Hearts” Association. The shop will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7.30 to 15.30 and on Wednesdays from 10.00  to 18.00. The offer includes different types of wheelchairs, standing sets, walkers, tripod canes, walking sticks, bath benches and other important necessities.

Those in need will also be able to borrow elbow and armpit crutches, orthoses, regular and electric and rehabilitation beds. This equipment can be rented for up to six months at a time which is very helpful for people with disabilities. A deposit must be handed over for the equipment and it will be returned after the return of the borrowed things.

Residents of Gdansk can make an appointment in the shop by phone during the pandemic, this way the shop won’t be crowded.

By starting this initiative, the city of Gdansk shows the interest in helping everyone with disabilities and gives a great example of what should become a practice in other cities as well. (photo credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)