The only community resource to borrow basic medical equipment.

The concept of helping patients get the services, assistance, and equipment they need during an illness or injury is so simple. But as anyone who’s ever navigated our healthcare system can tell you, the reality can be incredibly complex, frustrating and expensive.

The Loan Closet, owned and operated by VNA Health, has served Santa Barbara County since 1908 and is the exact opposite of most healthcare hassles. The warm and welcoming staff help residents with free short-term loans of basic medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, knee scooters, walkers, shower seats, and more. As a free community service, the Loan Closet is open for anyone residing in Santa Barbara County.

The Loan Closet is the only community resource in Santa Barbara County offering free short-term loans of basic medical equipment. Owned and operated by VNA Health, the Loan Closet has been in serving the County since the founding of VNA Health in 1908. Today the Loan Closet serves more than 4,000 residents each year, and is completely supported through private donations and contributions, often from people who have benefited from the Loan Closet.

Need Medical Equipment?
There may be a time when you need a wheelchair, walker, crutches, shower bench, or other assistive device. Your need may be for a few weeks or for an extended period of time. The Loan Closet has an assortment of durable medical equipment ready to lend to Santa Barbara County residents.

There is no fee for borrowing equipment. To inquire about availability of equipment please call 805.690.6235 or email before completing the Loan Closet Equipment Loan Form.

Download and print our Loan Closet Equipment Loan Form.

Need to Return or Donate Equipment?
When you no longer need medical equipment, please consider donating or returning it to the Loan Closet. Most small medical equipment is accepted, as long as it is in good condition. Due to limited storage space, large items such as hospital beds cannot be donated. For tax purposes, we will be glad to provide you with written acknowledgment of your donation.

Visiting the Loan Closet

  • Please make appointments in advance by calling 805.690.6235.
  • ALL visitors must wear a face mask – fully covering nose and mouth – inside or outside the Loan Closet..
  • Visitors with any cold, flu, or COVID symptoms cannot enter the Loan Closet.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

The Loan Closet is located at VNA Health’s corporate offices in Downtown Santa Barbara. You may enter the Loan Closet from the VNA Health parking lot located at 360 Olive Street between E. Montecito Street and E. Gutierrez Street.

Find us on Google MapsEnter VNA Health Parking Lot at 360 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Loan Closet Map


Open Mon-Fri, 8 AM to 4 PM.

New Year’s Day –
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Independence Day –
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Christmas Day –

Download and print our Loan Closet Equipment Loan Form.