Quipit is a social enterprise managed by Independent Living Service of Simcoe County and Area.
What is Quipit?
Quipit is a free online classified website created to buy, sell, or give away gently used equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, and bathroom safety devices.
Quipit was founded by Independent Living Service of Simcoe County and Area (ILS) in collaboration with Community Connections (211) and United Way of Simcoe Muskoka and is managed by ILS as a social enterprise.
All revenue generated by Quipit supports ILS’s efforts in fulfilling our vision: “Full Life Living” for seniors and people with disabilities in Simcoe County.
Why do we need Quipit?
Quipit has many benefits: it helps repurpose gently used home care/medical equipment and assistive devices, it creates easy access to affordable reusable equipment for everyone, it helps de-clutter basements and garages, and it prevents equipment and devices going to landfill or being sold for scrap metal.
It is common for people to find themselves with equipment and assistive devices they no longer require, or that they inherit. Unfortunately, people are surprised and frustrated to find they are unable to donate to a second-hand store, church, local service club, and other groups/businesses due to liability issues and other concerns.
Quipit is that connection for people who want to repurpose their equipment or assistive device, and for those who are in need of an affordable alternative to purchasing new, high priced products.
Statistics Canada 2017 and the Canadian Survey on Disability 2012, one in seven Canadians aged 15 years or older reported a disability. This represents 3.8 million Canadians. The most common types of disability are related to pain, flexibility, and mobility. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2017008-eng.htm
- According to Statistics Canada and the Canadian Survey on Disability 2012, four in five people with disabilities reported using at least one assistive device. The most common reason for not using aids or assistive devices was the cost. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2017008-eng.htm
This project started in July of 2012, with the first version of the Assistive Device Exchange (A.D.E). hosted on the Community Connections (211) website. In 2013, with the generous support of Community Connections and the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka, the www.assisstivedeviceexchange.com website was launched. In 2017, the ADE website was re-launched with a new web address and new look. The site was easier to navigate and had more features.
Now in 2020 we are excited to re-launch with a new brand and new features. ILS is proud to launch an updated site called “Quipit” with improved ease of use, and the latest security features.