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Agencies That Help the Elderly Get Household Items

I am in search of household items for an elderly patient who is leaving the hospital today. I found out she has nothing. She needs clothes or bedding, sheets, towels, plants, dishes, and household items lightly used. I am wanting to help out, but cannot afford to personally. If you can be of any help in pointing me to an agency or charity it is appreciated!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Put want ads on Freecycle, Craigslist, OfferUp, Letgo and the like. Notify churches. Thrift stores also give to the needy for free.

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

You sound like you have a lovely heart!

Are you in the US? Most, if not all US hospitals have social workers who can help in these type situations. Talk to them ASAP.

They should be able to coordinate it so your friend has a safe place to be released to and the basics.

If for some reason there is no social worker, talk to her doctors and ask what the hospital protocols are for release if the patient does not have basic supportive things as you described.

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Ask if there are nursing homes/ personal care homes that can care for her until she has a safe place of her own to be released to.

Once she is safe, you could always start a go fund me account to help pay for some basics that insurance and related wrap around services won't cover.

Post back with an update. Prayers!

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

Here is an article to help you when talking to the people at the hospital:

www.caregiver.org/hospital-discharge-planning-guide...

Please post back with an update on your friend!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

That is very sweet of you. You could ask local neighbors, family/friends for assistance or donations.

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Does the patient have any family you could contact? You could reach out to local churches.

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

There are many places who will help out. Yuo can post ads in your local area, visit Craigslist or even Facebook. Go to see the Red Cross and find out if they have any help at all. You can also try social workers to see if they can give her some vouchers to buy some clothes or other items. Visit the local churches in her area and ask there. On Facebook now people do different campaigns to raise money. You might try this one too and see if you can raise some money to help buy these items at a thrift store for her.

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

See if the city where she lives has a mission-type place. Two cities near me have places called Mission Arlington and Irving Cares. They have all kinds of household supplies, furniture, and food for needy people.

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We've had just the opposite problem recently. My in-laws are moving from a retirement community to live with my brother-in-law. They had to get rid of as much as possible, and we kids and our kids just don't need anymore stuff. We all have wall-to-wall furniture, so we are having the local mission come pick up several nice pieces of furniture.

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