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Medical Equipment

This week I started my visits behind the scenes at Jalon Valley Help by visiting their medical equipment showroom, which is located in Jalon around the corner from The Shack.

When I walked in it was like stepping in Aladdin’s treasure trove, with equipment of every sort and size stacked in their allotted space. Here I meet Julian and Janet, who are the custodians of this Aladdin’s cave.

They had just completed the loan of a wheel chair and received back a child’s cot and a toddler’s stair guard, two of more than 250 loans each year.

JVH offers medical equipment to anyone in need, without charge, other than a deposit [ranging from €50 for beds to €10 for walking aids] against its return in working order. Collection is by appointment after you contact JVH on telephone 634 357 199 or through their website.

I had not realised the extensive range of equipment that could be needed and was available on request:

  • Specialist medical beds, all ten of which are currently loaned out, but they had bed rails, lifting/monkey poles and ripple mattresses [which help prevent bed sores].
  • Wheel chairs, walkers, zimmer frames, crutches and walking sticks of every shape and size.
  • Commodes raised toilet seats, which I was told are needed after hip operations, bed pans and bath seats, including a swivel version for moving people from wheel chairs to and from the bath.
  • Toiletries and materials needed by end-of-life carers.

Although not medical equipment, there is also a wide range of equipment for children, which can be loaned to grandparents for short term visits of grandchildren, which includes:

  • Car chairs, high chairs, cots and stair gates.

All of this equipment has to be cleaned and mechanically checked, by Jim who assists Julian by carrying out repairs, on its return so that it is ready when requested.

Julian apologised that his treasure trove was not as tidy as usual, but they have recently been inundated by stores which have had to be removed from the previous JVH store at Fontilles, but they were working on restoring order in the extensive range of equipment.

I shall be continuing my behind the scenes visits over the next few weeks, so that we all have a better understand of what JVH does for our community and, very importantly how we could help them to help even more people who are in need.

Article by Peter Sockett
Photos by JVH

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