THE LENDING SHED
The Family Health Care Amigos Board of Directors voted to initiate and sponsor a community lending shed in August of 2013. Located in the Ovens of Patagonia Plaza across from the Family Clinic on McKeown Avenue. The original shed got the nick name "The Lending Shed."
It contained an electrical hospital bed, an electric scooter with accompanying heavy-duty ramp for loading the scooter into a vehicle, walkers, canes, crutches, toilet lifts and other small durable medical equipment (DME) items to be borrowed by residents. Donations of adult diapers and pads had been made to the shed by the Patagonia Community United Methodist Church.
A resident came to The Lending Shed several months after it opened and, peeking into the shed to see the inventory, inquired about getting some diapers for her sister. She told the volunteer, "My sister lives on Social Security and wheels herself around in a wheelchair. She's incontinent and sits on sheets or towels all day. You can imagine the problems she has with infections and rashes." The woman explained further by saying, "supplying her with diapers for a month costs over $300. Could we have some of those adult diapers for her?"
In the coming months, other borrows shared similar stories and the next project was born. Seeing there was a need in the community for adult incontinent supplies. The Lending Shed, under the umbrella of Family Health Care Amigos, partners with the Southern Arizona Diaper Bank in order to receive tabbed briefs, pull-ups, adult wipes and pads for both men and women.
Most of the donated diapers come from hospice patients and are usually tabbed. Independent men and women who come to the shed for assistance almost universally ask for pull-ups, which they can put on without assistance. To meet the demand, some months pull-ups have to be purchased. The shed does not charge for any items it provides and requests money donations or tax credit donations from Arizona income tax returns from residents in the area it serves in order to continue to provide pull-ups, wipes and pads for residents who fall under the poverty line.
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Volunteer and Coordinator of The Lending Shed
Living in Patagonia for over five years now, Don is a retired administrator of a public housing non-profit. He has a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration for University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point.