Welcome to Share the Care House, Winnipeg’s only depot for clean and completely free medical equipment. SCH is a registered charity with the mandate to recycle and reuse medical equipment and supplies in a sterile, legal, and ethical way. We connect Winnipeg residents in need of prohibitively expensive equipment with donations from other Winnipeg residents who no longer need equipment they have previously purchased. SCH has been recognized by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) with a Good Samaritan Award and has built relationships with many other Winnipeg health care providers including the Association of Chiropractors, the Physiotherapy Association of Manitoba, and the Optometrist Council of Manitoba. SCH has non-profit and charitable status and is a quickly growing organization that is filling an important niche in the health care sector. SCH is linked directly to St. Boniface Hospital and the WRHA, but can be accessed by anyone who can demonstrate both financial and medical need.
SCH essentially works on a swap-store model. In other words, we collect donations of gently-used medical equipment, organize it, and pass it on to Winnipeg residents who have demonstrated financial insecurity and a need for specialized medical equipment. Examples of SCH’s inventory include but are not limited to: walkers, crutches, braces (back, knee, neck, etc.), eye glasses, wheelchairs, grip bars, prosthetics, canes, commodes and shower supports, compression sleeves, hearing aids, and specialized first aid kits. Donations are sorted and sterilized by volunteer professionals with thorough training and qualifications. They are then inventoried in an online database which health care professionals can access when dealing with a patient for whom finances may be a barrier to getting the medical equipment they need.
SCH was established in 2011 and our inventory and network have been expanding every year since. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization and are soon hoping to open a second location closer to Winnipeg’s downtown core. Volunteers for SCH come from both the medical and non-medical sectors. If you are a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, chiropractor or other health care professional interested in volunteering your time, we could use your help to examine, sterilize, and approve the quality and function of specialized medical donations. If you are not a health care professional, we could use your help with data entry, organization, cleaning, and answering the phone/emails. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.
If you would like to donate to SCH, please contact us by email (see our contact section) and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. Before emailing, please look over the list of items we accept (click here). Please note that, for hygienic and ethical reasons, there are many types of medical equipment we are not able to accept as donations. Please do not clog our back lane or email inbox with items we cannot re-distribute to patients in need. Thanks in advance.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to SCH, we gratefully accept this kind of support as well. We cannot always meet the demand for certain kinds of equipment and often those who need the most specialized types of equipment are those least able to pay for it. For this reason, SCH has also started a fund to partially or fully cover the costs of new medical equipment for patients with financial barriers, if we cannot provide them with the equipment they are needing from our own inventory in a timely manner.
If you are a Winnipeg resident facing financial barriers to the medical equipment you need, please do not contact us directly. If your health care provider has not already referred you to us, please mention us to them. You will need to demonstrate both your financial and medical needs and your health care provider will need to refer you to us, at which point we will be happy to support you. For more information on how to access our services, visit our Access page.
Share Care House, located in Winnipeg, Canada is one of the leading charities for people who are in need of medical supplies that they cannot afford on their own. Share Care House takes donations from people who no longer need their medical equipment, no matter what it may be. They have welcomed donations of wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, prosthetics, hearing aids and so much more and give them back out after they’ve been cleaned and sterilized, as well as tested, for free, based on the needs of their clients.
Share Care House is proud to be able to benefit those in need, especially when it comes to electric wheelchairs. Out of pocket and even with insurance, these devices are extremely expensive, costing over $2,000 but are highly beneficial for those who are not able to get around on foot anymore. Electric wheelchairs are faster, easier to use and in many instances, more practical than a traditional wheelchair.
These chairs come with their own electric chargers and are simple to plug in to recharge at the end of the day. They also can last for years with the proper care. Many of the donors wind up getting a new electric wheelchair from their insurance companies and donate their old ones when they do, giving the gift of mobility to those who cannot afford it on their own. These wheelchairs are also great for patients with mobility problems who travel a lot in a day, and are much easier to control than a traditional wheelchair.
Share Care House will have all of their electric wheelchairs tested by local electricians in Winnipeg Manitoba to be sure there is no issue with them before they give them out, as their clients are always our first priority and their safety and well-being is very important. If you’re looking for a new electric wheelchair or any other device and cannot afford to pay for it out of pocket, give Share Care House a call and see what they can do to get you the healthcare product you need.
Our organization would not be possible without all of our volunteers and donors. We would like to give special recognition to the MintyMaids Winnipeg cleaning company, for donating sanitization equipment. With the new resources we can sanitize medical equipment as it comes in as per the personal service facility guidelines. MintyMaids is a Winnipeg cleaning company that puts a focus on doing good. A percentage of their sales goes to feeding hungry children, and they played an instrumental role in the inception and development of Share Care House. Terry, MintyMaids owner, is on the board of directors for Share Care House, and their continued contributions of time, money, expertise and equipment are much appreciated.