Social Development Equipment Recycle Program

What is the Social Development Program?

Easter Seals New Brunswick SD Equipment Recycle Program is a recycling pool for rehabilitation equipment.

This is a program in which the New Brunswick Easter Seals and the department of Social Development (SD) work together to maintain quality and save numerous dollars by recycling rehabilitation equipment.

How it works:

All recyclable rehabilitation equipment purchased by the Health Services Program of Social Development belongs to the Recycle program. The client who receives the equipment will keep it as long as it is needed and then will return it to Easter Seals NB.

To obtain a loan a health professional contacts the Department of SD to determine eligability. SD will in turn refer the need to Easter Seals NB staff for action.


  • The recycle program makes more equipment available that otherwise might become lost.
  • Easter Seals NB tracks the equipment annually to insure that it is being used and is in good working condition, thus ensuring better equipment maintenance.
  • All necessary repairs are done in house or outsourced to other repair services as required.

New Equipment Loans Process:

Effective : October 15th 2008

During the past year, Easter Seals NB has been working with its partners, the Department of Social Development and the NB Occupational Therapist Association to develop a new procedure for the equipment loans process. As of October 15th, all communication with Easter Seals Equipment Loans Program staff will be done electronically. Staff will deal with requests on a first come first serve basis which should ensure that clients are served in a more efficient manner and guarantee that all clients are treated fairly. Urgent requests will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Below is a short description of who to contact within the Equipment Loans Program at Easter Seals NB should you need assistance.

CLIENT INFORMATON Maxine McKeil-McCarty, Client Coordinator, will guide you through the intake process by gathering personal information and determining how you can best be served. Maxine is the person who manages the client file and ensures all of the information is correct and up to date. Once the information is processed then the prescription goes on to the loans part of the program. Karrie Nash, Loan Check Personnel, contacts clients on a regular basis to ensure loaned equipment is in good working order. If the equipment requires repair, it can be arranged through Easter Seals NB. This is also an opportunity to update information and make certain the client is not in need of a reassessment, or further contact with a professional.

LOANS Brittany Charters, Equipment Loans Coordinator, processes the information regarding the equipment requests. She determines if the equipment is in inventory and if it is not, can an alternative piece serve the same purpose. Once the equipment request is approved, we proceed to the next stage of the process in getting your equipment to you ASAP. Elias Tarfa, Loans Maintenance Staff, physically readies the equipment, to meet the specifications of the prescription. This may involve modifying equipment to meet the needs of the specific client. After each piece is readied, it is shipped directly to the client.

RETURNS Debbie Nash, Returns Coordinator, is your contact when returning or donating equipment. You will need to contact her before you attempt to return equipment. She will assist you in identifying and ensuring the safe and proper return of Easter Seals NB’s equipment. Each piece of equipment is cataloged and number to identify it and ensure the owner is credited with its return. Darrell Wright, Returns Maintenance Staff, receives all equipment coming into Easter Seals NB. He records the return or donation and brings the equipment back up to standard. It is then recycled back into inventory for the next client in need.