Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TLC Can Mean a Lot Sometimes Agency Can Offer Medical Equipment

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TLC Can Mean a Lot Sometimes Agency Can Offer Medical Equipment

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A little TLC not only goes a long way, it also can save Northeast Florida residents a lot of time and money.

That's what Henrietta Telfair and Roger Glover discovered when they turned to Arlington's Temporary Loan Closet for help when their loved ones needed medical equipment.

Telfair, 45, didn't know where to start looking for appropriate, durable medical equipment for her mother, 85-year-old Lillie Tyler, who suffered a stroke just before Christmas.

And Glover, a 57-year-old Westside resident, realized that life could be a little easier for his friend Herman Jones, who has heart disease, diabetes and glaucoma, if the 84-year-old had a motorized bed, mobile table and recliner.

But finding a source with affordable prices quickly became an overwhelming task for both Telfair and Glover, they said.

That's until they each heard about TLC, a non-profit organization that acts as a clearinghouse for slightly used medical equipment. It rescued Telfair and Glover from their woes, just as it has done for hundreds of others since it began in 1998.

"I would have been totally hysterical without the Loan Closet; they have helped me so much," said Telfair, a Northside resident. "I've never experienced anything like this, so I didn't know where to turn or what to do."

Glover, a handyman, first considered purchasing the equipment for Jones, who is also an amputee and partially blind, but soon realized the cost would be too high.

"I figured that even at a thrift shop, [the cost] would be something between $500 and $700," he said. "That morning, I had everything I needed and for only five dollars. You can't beat that."

Each month, about 40 people seek durable medical equipment through TLC, located at 2709 Art Museum Drive, said Joe Tawney, program coordinator. One of several programs offered by the Independent Resource Center of Northeast Florida (formerly the Center for Independent Living of Jacksonville), 90 percent of the items rented out come via donations.

Funded by the Brooks Health Foundation, Riverside Foundation, city of Jacksonville and Independent Resource Center, the Loan Closet lends medical equipment in 90-day increments to clients who otherwise might not be able to afford it. …

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