Iona’s Loan Closet provides donated, lightly-used transport devices and other supplies to anyone in need for as long as it is needed — for free.
Items in our Loan Closet include:
- Wheelchairs (non-electric)
- Transport chairs (lightweight wheelchairs that need to be pushed)
- Rollator walkers (with and without seats)
- Tub seats and transfer benches
- Hand-held grabbers
If you are in need of an item, please contact us at (202) 895-9448, and ask for our Loan Closet Coordinator. Please note that you must provide pick-up for any item in our Loan Closet. We also ask that you sign our Medical Equipment Loan Agreement Form (download here).
Iona partners with congregations to support members who are experiencing challenges related to aging or family caregiving. Services include educational programs, coaching and referrals to services, and supportive counseling. Iona’s expert staff can also provide training and consultation for clergy, staff, and volunteers. For more information, contact Deb Rubenstein at (202) 895-0249, or by email.
Employee Eldercare Partnerships
Iona can complement your organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with employee support for maintaining work/life balance while caring for older relatives. Services include:
- Customized, in-depth information on local and long-distance resources and referrals for employees and family members.
- Supportive counseling about the practical and emotional aspects of caregiving.
- Workplace educational programs on caregiving topics such as legal and financial planning, memory loss, and family communication.
For more information, contact Deb Rubenstein at (202) 895-0249, or by email.
At Iona, we know Villages provide key volunteer and social supports to their members. We also know that sometimes additional help is needed for successful aging in place. That’s why Iona partners with Villages to provide educational programs and individual support for members. Iona’s expert staff can also provide training and consultation for Village staff and volunteers. For more information, contact Lisa Rindner at (202) 895-9440, or by email.
Benefits Office Hours
Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP)
The George Washington Law School’s Health Insurance Counseling Project provides free health insurance information, education, and counseling services to DC residents aged 60+. Representatives are available at Iona every second Thursday of each month between 12:30 – 4 PM by appointment to provide free counsel on Medicare, Medicaid, and other types of health insurance. HICP is a State Health Insurance Assistance Program federally-funded in all 50 states. If you are not a DC resident, visit https://www.shiptacenter.org/ to find other state help centers. For more information contact our Helpline here. You can also contact the Health Insurance Counseling Project directly by calling (202) 994-6272.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly Self-Help Office
Every Friday by appointment only, the Legal Counsel for the Elderly provides paralegal services at Iona for free to DC senior residents aged 60+. Counsel can provide legal advice and answer questions, help you complete a small claims complaint, check for benefits, help you ask for DC services, or refer you to area lawyers. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Self-Help Office directly at 202-434-2094.
Bi-Weekly Resource Digest
Intended for professionals in the aging field, the Bi-Weekly Resource Digest keeps readers informed about local professional educational events (including those offering continuing education for social workers). The Digest also reports on trends, policies, and senior resources. Sign-up for the bi-weekly email by contacting Information & Referral Helpline Manager Leland Kiang by email.
Practice and Ethics Advisory Committee
The Practice and Ethics Advisory Committee provides a forum for peer consultation and discussion of practice and ethical issues to assist social workers and other professionals who work in the community with older adults. For more information, contact (202) 895-9412 or by email.
Protective Arrangements Evaluation Panel
The Protective Arrangement Evaluation Panel is a group of multidisciplinary professionals from a wide-range of District agencies who meet monthly to discuss cases of vulnerable older adults who may need guardianship or conservatorship. Community case managers in the DC Aging Network who work with an older adult at high risk for exploitation, abuse, eviction, or other serious risk may present their client’s case to the Panel, who will help decide if the case should go before the court as a petition for guardianship or conservatorship. For more information, please call or email Iona Clinical Manager Catherine Paitz, LICSW (Phone: (202) 895-9461 or by email) or Iona Nurse Practitioner Fiona Druy, RNNP (Phone: (202) 895- 9491 or by email).