A medical referral completed on a Loan Closet Referral FORM is required from a qualified healthcare professional (PT, OT or MD) to receive equipment. 

The Loan Closet of Howard County

Loan Closet logo

 

Photo of the exterior of the Loan Closet

The Loan Closet of Howard County is located in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite #11 in Columbia, MD 21045. 

 

 

Welcome to The Loan Closet of Howard County 

With a strong network of volunteers and local organizations, The Loan Closet of Howard County provides refurbished equipment and resources for older adults, caregivers, children and adults with disabilities to improve their overall quality of life. Our model to assist remains the same: to provide free durable medical equipment for Aging in Place. Above all, our staff and volunteers work together to make every day a little easier, and a little more affordable for those in need.

About Us

The purpose of the Loan Closet of Howard County is to provide a clearinghouse of donated medical equipment for temporary use to all Howard County residents. Many residents in need of medical equipment may not be able to afford these items, or they may only need equipment for a short period of time; others have medical equipment they no longer need. The Loan Closet brings these two communities of people together. 

Community Comments

"This is the best service in Howard County"


“What a wonderful facility the Loan Closet is for Howard County residents with medical needs - you should be proud!”


"This is an amazing resource, not only for older residents, but anyone in need of medical equipment..."

 

"Great feeling knowing I was helping others and helping the environment by recycling..."


"What a wonderful service you provide for the County..."


"This place is amazing! I benefited from their resources after my recent foot surgery..."


“I would like to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to the Loan Closet for giving me my mobility and independence back.”

Operating Hours/Contact Info

The Loan Closet of Howard County
Located in the Long Reach Village Center

Hours for Donations & Returns:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday:

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Monday & Friday

Call  to verify hours staff availability

Scheduled Appointments are Required to Receive Equipment.  Appointments are scheduled Monday – Friday 8:30-4:00pm

A medical referral completed on a Loan Closet Referral FORM is required from a qualified healthcare professional (PT, OT or MD) to receive equipment. 

Please call ahead to discuss your needs, check equipment availability and to schedule an appointment. 

Address: 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite #11, Columbia, MD 21045

Phone:  410-313-0363 (voice/relay) /  FAX: 410-313-0369
Email: loancloset@howardcountymd.gov

Inclement Weather Policy

We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather; closing is a last resort. Our inclement weather policy is as follows: 

If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County or Howard County Government is closed, the Loan Closet of Howard County will be closed. 
In the event that Howard County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Loan Closet of Howard County will have a delayed opening, striving to open at noon.
In the event of a 2 hour delay by the school system,  the Loan Closet will open at 10 a.m. and all operations begin at this time. 
In the event of a 1 hour delay  the Loan Closet will be open, with programming and operations as usual.
If Howard County Public Schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather and after-school activities are suspended, the Loan Closet operations may be affected.
In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status number     410-313-7777,  or the Loan Closet of Howard County, 410-313-0363 for up to date information. 

 

 

Referral Form

Provider Referral for Equipment Form - FOR PROVIDER USE

Available Items

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 YOU WILL NEED A MEDICAL REFERRAL (PT, OT, or MD) IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EQUIPMENT – FORM CAN BE FOUND UNDER FORMS TAB BELOW 

 

Please Click Here to see Available Items

 

Please call to verify the availability of items ready for pickup.

 

Items Accepted for Donation

Accepted Equipment    Not Accepted 
 Bathing Aids    Hospital Beds
 Canes    Items missing pieces
Ramps (Modular/Portable)    Broken Items
 Shower Aids    Items that are rusted
Stairglides  Oxygen Tanks
Therapy Aids    Prescription medications 
 Toilet Aids    Expired medical supplies 
 Walkers    Mattresses
Wheelchairs (manual)    Items containing mercury

   Items requiring calibration
     Items requiring special storage

**Consumers must be able to load and unload donated and/or received equipment independently.**

The Loan Closet of Howard County DOES NOT accept CPAP Machines or Hospital Beds for donation.  Please contact the resources below to donate those items.

CPAP Machines
American Sleep Apnea Association
http://www.donatedcpap.org

Hospital Beds
Anne Arundel Food and Resource Bank  410-923-4255
ALS Society  1-301-978-9855
MD Tap Program  410-554-9232

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet?

Any resident of Howard County is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet. 

How can I receive and/or donate equipment?

Please call: 410-313-0363  (voice/relay) for more information.

For how long may I have a piece of equipment?

There are suggested time frames depending on the equipment and specific needs. All requests are reviewed on an individual basis.  We encourage recipients to donate equipment back to the Loan Closet so we can serve as many Howard County residents as possible. 

How much does it cost to receive equipment?

There is no charge for Howard County residents.  

What if I am unable to pick-up and/or deliver equipment?

Pick-up and delivery are available on a limited basis.

Volunteer at the Loan Closet

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community?

Howard County's Loan Closet is an excellent place to start.

We have volunteer opportunities for adults in areas including:

  • Administrative Support
  • Donations
  • Hub Scrub/Equipment Maintenance
  • Special Event Assistance

Each opportunity posted on our volunteer website describes the paperwork requirements. To find opportunities that match your interest and to create an account, please visit www.HoCoVolunteer.org

For more information contact:
Margaret Fries
Loan Closet Volunteer Coordinator
410-313-0363
mfries@howardcountymd.gov

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Loan Closet!

Additional Resources

Maryland Access Point of Howard County

Maryland Loan Closet Directory

Equipment Link

Aging In Place Resources

Can You Afford to Age in Place?

Aging in Your Own Space

AARP HomeFit Checklists

The Principles of Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design Universal and Accessible Design Home Plans

The Center for Universal Design Resource Page

Rebuilding Together Home Safety Checklist

 

 

 

 

Partners

Participating Organizations:

Way Station, Inc
Way Station believes in the promotion of health and community integration for all individuals with mental illness. With support from staff working in the Loan Closet, Way Station members have the opportunity to develop job skills, improve social skills and to provide volunteer services to the community.

Rotary Club of Columbia
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31, 000 Rotary Clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary Club of Columbia has been serving the community since 1968.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and is the principal agency that plans, advocates, develops, and coordinates programs and services for older adults and their family members.

Rebuilding Together of Howard County
Rebuilding Together of Howard County is the local affiliate of the national  non-profit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners. By utilizing  volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and donors, and major corporate partners, RT is able to offer every repair and modification at no cost to the homeowner.