About Changing Hands
Changing Hands is a program of UCP Central PA that provides restored and refurbished home medical equipment and assistive technology devices and aids to Pennsylvania residents who are unable to obtain the necessary equipment through any other means.
If your insurance does not cover certain equipment, or if you have an immediate need but must wait out a grace period before coverage commences, Changing Hands can help.
Our staff works with local Area Agencies on Aging and other human service organizations to provide a seamless system of support for individuals and families who might benefit from such equipment... either at home, at school, at work, or at play. Plus, we have a certified Assistive Technology Specialist on hand to offer demonstrations and to assist you in determining what equipment best meets your needs.
All our equipment is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is provided to the user free of charge.
||• Communications Devices
|• Hoyer Lifts
||• Assistive Listening Devices
|• Bath Seats and Toilet Seats
||• Blind/Low Vision Aids
|• Transfer Benches and Transfer Boards
||• Stair Glides
|• Manual and Power Wheelchairs
||• Canes and Crutches
|• Daily Living Aids (Eating, Dressing, etc.)
||• Adaptive Games, Toys, and Recreational Devices
|• Adapted Telephones
||• and More!
How does the process work?
The redistribution of equipment will be handled in one of three ways:
- The individual or family member picks up the equipment at the Changing Hands center.
- Changing Hands makes arrangements to get the needed equipment to a more conveniently located UCP office.
- If the individual or family member is unable to collect the equipment independently, Changing Hands will help identify someone who may be able to assist.
- If you have an item or items that you would like to donate to Changing Hands, please contact us directly to make arrangements to drop the item(s) off.
Who is eligible to receive equipment?
Pennsylvania residents of all ages who have a need for equipment, but do not have the financial means or a funding source to obtain it, are welcome to participate in the Changing Hands equipment exchange program. Due to liability issues, individuals under 18 may be required to provide a prescription or therapist’s recommendation to obtain certain items.
While we operate primarily in Central PA, donations will be accepted and distributed to anyone throughout the state, as long as suitable arrangements can be made.
One aspect of UCP Central PA places us head and shoulders above other human services providers in Central Pennsylvania: our ability to provide added value to our consumers, through services that are offered in collaboration with various funding partners. In addition to the Changing Hands program, we offer you, your loved one, and your family access to the following services:
- AT Services
- AT Resource Center
- Lending Library
- Demonstration Center
- Capital Home Care for Seniors
The goal of UCP Central PA’s Assistive Technology Services is to increase independence and functional ability of people with disabilities and aging Pennsylvanians through the use of assistive technology (AT) at work, school, home, or in the community. Services provided include evaluations, equipment trials, and equipment set up and training.
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UCP Central PA serves as one of nine Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) throughout the state. The purpose of the ATRCs is to expand the awareness of and access to assistive technology in the Central Pennsylvania area.
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Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library is a free service which enables Pennsylvania residents of all ages and with any type of disability to try a variety of AT devices in order to determine what device is best suited to their needs.
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This on-site facility lets families try out assistive listening devices, blind/low vision aids, daily living aids, and more, free of charge. A certified Assistive Technology Specialist is on hand to answer questions and provide demonstrations, enabling families to make informed decisions before purchasing equipment.
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This fitness and nutrition program has been adapted to address challenges facing people with a physical disability as well as seniors who are encountering aging-related challenges, especially post-rehab and range of motion issues. Individual sessions and group classes are led by degreed Exercise Physiologists at the location of your choice (such as your home, church, or fitness facility). To learn more, contact Monica Lazur, LifeFit Director at 717-975-0611 or
In addition to our In-Home Care and Geriatric Care Management services, Capital Home Care for Seniors provides you, your loved one, and your family access to all the assistive technology services that UCP provides. For more information contact Sheila Caperelli at 717-737-5128 or
Visit The Capital Home Care for Seniors Website >>