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My mother has just passed away. I am cleaning out the things that she has been using during her illness. What have others done with these sorts of items - wheelchair, walkers, railings, and about 40 - 50 packs of packaged diapers, mats, and cans of ensure? I certainly won't want to keep any of these.

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I left a lot of stuff at my moms nursing home. It was a small, family owned place with about 35 residents- everyone was so friendly and helpful to each other. On a couple occassions my mom went thru wipes or bed pads faster than I anticipated but magicly the item was provided and we were never charged - so it was returning the favor. I also left them with moms dvd collection and books. They were especially please with the Downton Abbey series.
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A friend recommended veteran related charities. I've found a few and will let you know which one I go with.
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With the DME, check to see if any of it is rented and needs to be returned. There should be paperwork.
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Several organizations would accept these items. Hospice, Nursing Homes, Churches that have low income Senior Citizens. The last thing you probably want to do is make a bunch of phone calls but think you will have good luck. My sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
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I'd first make sure there are no Estate issues. Sometimes you have to account for property of the estate. If that is not an issue, I'd check with a local senior center. I know that they have need for things.

Once, I needed a wheelchair for just a day or two for my disabled cousin and they let me rent it for free. They try to accommodate seniors and the disabled for free if they need it and they have little funding.
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If you have a non profit hospice near you, I would think this would be the best place to start with. They would love the donation. If you have no non profit hospice near you, check with your local senior center, or finally, contact your local area on aging as they may know of some local charities that need these items. They will certainly be welcomed.

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