Last month, Assist M.E. gifted over 20 pieces of mobility rehab equipment to members of the Charlotte community in need, even though they do not have permanent space (working out of the founder's garage); do not have steam cleaning equipment (are cleaning equipment by hand); and have not yet gotten their brand and mission out to the full community (no advertising and one radio PSA). The need is massive and there is much to be done to make sure that every need for mobility equipment is met. MOBILITY CREATES INDEPENDENCE
Outcomes drive success! 80%+ decreases in falls keep seniors out of ERs and hospitals and help keep them independent. As a bonus, AARP statistics show that hospitalization for a fall costs $30,000 on average. With over 700,000 fall-caused senior hospitalizations each year, the potential cost saving to our healthcare system equals over $1.5 Billion.
RECYCLING EQUIPMENT CAN SAVE OVER $70 FOR EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED! We've run the numbers to determine the costs to our healthcare system for falls. When seniors fall, they end up in ERs, hospitals, doctor’s offices and extended care facilities. Family members often have to quit their jobs or cut back hours to care for relatives who have fallen. These costs far exceed the cost of a program designed to collect; refurbish; clean and sanitize; and gift gently used mobility equipment to those who cannot afford to buy it. For every dollar invested in such a program, we estimate that over $70 in actual healthcare costs are avoided. This can relieve our communities of significant burdens on their hospitals, doctors, health facilities and families, who now absorb/write off most of those costs.