Two knee replacements in two years means that Mary-Lou Farr has gotten to know the Lending Cupboard very well. “My first surgery was in March of 2013, and the second one was in June of this year,” she says. “I went to the Lending Cupboard before each surgery, so everything was set up for what I needed at the hospital and once I got home.”
Farr was referred to the Lending Cupboard by the local Knee and Hip Clinic offered through Alberta Health Services. “The Lending Cupboard is currently in its second three-year contract of offering medical equipment to patients through the Knee and Hip Clinic,” explains Janet Pennington, board chair. “This has been a good partnership, and we work with many local clients through the program.” When Farr needed equipment, she was provided with a prescription from the clinic, which she brought to the Lending Cupboard. During her recovery periods, she used a walker, bath bench and a cane. “It’s incredible how much equipment the Lending Cupboard has and to receive it free of charge is an amazing service,” she says. “The staff and volunteers were so good to work with, and their organization provides a huge help to so many.