Medical Needs

Tri-Lakes Cares strives to meet basic medical needs of clients through our Neighborhood Nurse Center made possible through our partnership with Penrose-St. Francis / Centura Health.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Donations

Donations of durable medical equipment supports our DME Loan Closet, which is available to anyone in the community at no cost who has a temporary need for a piece of durable medical equipment.

DME accepted (examples) DME not-accepted  (examples)
Canes Motoroized wheelchairs
Walkers Leg braces
Crutches Tubing
Wheel chairs (non motorized) Oxygen Tanks
Toilet seat risers Dressings, lotions, etc.
Shower chairs


If you would like to either borrow a piece of DME, or have questions about donating a piece of medical equipment, please contact Nurse Cindy Stickel at (719) 481-4864, ext 103 or via email at CindyStickel@Centura.org.


Donations of Medications (Over-the-Counter & Prescriptions)

Due to liability issues, Tri-Lakes Cares cannot accept any over-the counter medications or prescription medications.

How to dispose of Prescription Medications properly.

There are several options:

  1. Check your prescription for recommended disposal directions.
  2. If you would like more information about turning your medications in, call:
    • Walgreens @ 3480 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs – 719-380-9438
    • Mission Medical Clinic, Colorado Springs – 719-219-3402
    • Monument Police Department – 719-481-3253. There is a medical disposal bin located in the Monument Police Department at the Monument Town Hall.
  3. If you plan on disposing of your drugs follow these instructions:
    • Remove medications from their original containers, and remove or destroy any labels.
    • Mix them in an undesirable substance like used coffee grounds, food waste or cat litter.
    • Seal the mixture in a container or plastic bag.
    • Discard the container or bag in with other garbage.

Proper disposal can avoid the poisoning of children or pets, misuse by others, keep chemicals from entering streams and rivers, and ensure you don’t take any medications that are out of date. When you think about it in that way, the effort is definitely worth it.

For more information, visit www.fda.gov