KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana
The waiting list for basic pieces of medical equipment in the Lake Area is growing and your help is needed to help re-stock a community resource known as the Loaner Closet.
Medical equipment is what is on the Christmas wish list for many in our community, according to Gwynn Houston with SLIC, the Southwest Louisiana Independence Center.
“We have a long waiting list for wheelchairs, we have a waiting list for the hospital beds, the walkers with the seat, those kind of things,” said Houston.
SLIC’s Loaner Closet lends out gently used medical equipment to people in need, but relies on donated items to keep the closet stocked.
“Maybe a loved one has passed away and they have a walker or a wheelchair or a bedside potty,” said Houston, “and the family doesn’t know what to do with it. Donate it to us and we will make sure that it gets to a person in need that cannot afford those types of items.”
In November 2014, we featured the Loaner Closet in a Healthcast, showing a packed closet. At that time, there were not too many people aware of this resource. Now, demand has greatly increased, but the supply is still lagging.
“Not pictured here are the shower benches, shower chairs, those kind of things we need as well,” said Houston.
If you are interested in donating a larger piece of medical equipment, like a hospital bed, do not worry about dropping it off at the SLIC Loaner Closet. Arrangements can be made to get it from your home to the person in need.
Houston says each piece of equipment helps to make a big difference in the comfort, mobility, and care of people in our community with medical needs.
SLIC has moved to a new office at 4320 Lake Street in Lake Charles, next to Greengate Garden Center. The Loaner Closet is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 until 4:30. You can call them at 337-477-7194.
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**IMPORTANT MEDICARE/MEDICAID INFORMATION**
To help you better understand:
Due to the Managed Care Act of 2011, what used to be Louisiana Medicaid and LaChip is now BAYOU HEALTH.
The original BAYOU HEALTH Plans were:
(3) Louisiana Healthcare Connections
(4) United Healthcare
(5) Community Health Solutions.
The current BAYOU HEALTH Plans are now:
(2) Amerihealth Caritas (formerly LaCare)
(3) Louisiana Healthcare Connections (bought Community Health Solutions)
(4) United Healthcare
(5) Aetna (new)
Make sure you and your family have enrolled for the above plan of your choice. And, make sure that everyone in your family is enrolled in the same plan!!
For further information, you can view the above plans at: www.bayouhealth.com
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