At the hub of each Yad Sarah branch’s activity is the Lending Center, the organization’s core program which is also its largest service initiative. Due to the fact that durable medical and home care equipment is not a benefit provided by Israeli health insurance, Yad Sarah loans equipment to anyone in need, enabling people to cope with illness and injury at home and in the community among family, friends, and everyday surroundings.
The provision of medical equipment facilitates a timely hospital discharge, significantly reducing health care costs as well as exposure to institution-based infections. In addition to equipment loans, the Lending Center offers two other services: a guidance center, where people can test and receive professional guidance on equipment available for loan, and an equipment sales center, for people who anticipate its long-term use.
More than 150 different kinds of medical equipment is available for short-term loan. Equipment may be borrowed from any branch. A refundable deposit is requested. Last year, Yad Sarah made more than 200,000 equipment loans.