Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is a broad term used to describe equipment that is used to serve a medical purpose, can withstand repeated use, and is appropriate for use in the home. Some examples of common DME include hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, canes/crutches and bath chairs. If your doctor prescribes a DME it may be a covered item under your health insurance plan. A simple insurance verification will tell us if your items are covered and/or if it requires a prior authorization. At a minimum you will need a prescription from your doctor for insurance coverage.
It is in your best interest to work with a local supplier to determine coverage and to ensure you are getting the most appropriate piece of equipment possible. It is possible that even if your doctor writes you a prescription, that your insurance policy may not cover the requested items. It is also possible that the standard piece of equipment may not be what you want and depending on your insurance you could pay an out of pocket upgrade charge to get the DME you desire. Most DME can be purchased out of pocket with no detailed order required.
Typically a patient will use DME to perform his or her daily activities like mobility and bathing in the home. While managing the recovery from an injury, the progression of a disease or condition, or just the general effect of aging, it is very common for an individual to have many different types of DME in their home. Use of DME not only helps you to perform independent daily activities in the home but often allows you to participate in activities out of the home as well. Shopping, doctor visits, family and community events and travel are some of the activities that millions of people perform daily with the assistance of DME.
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- Aids for Daily Living (ADL) includes items that help with everyday activities like getting dressed (button hook, dressing stick, shoe horn), eating (specialized utensils), bathing (long handled sponge). ADLs are inexpensive items and are rarely covered by insurance carriers.
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- The bathroom can be the most dangerous room in the home of an aging adult or disabled person. Bath safety equipment helps you use existing bathroom facilities safely and independently. Bath safety can be relatively inexpensive to keep you at home and/or prevent or eliminate the need for expensive remodeling.
- We have a complete line of bath safety items. This product line includes bath benches with and without a back, transfer benches, wall and tub mounted grab bars, hand held showers, raised toilet seats, toilet safety frames and commodes. All of the benches, the toilet safety frames and commodes are height adjustable. The legs have spring pins which allow for quick and easy height adjustments. We do not install grab bars, hand held showers or toilet safety frames. We do assemble all products and will demonstrate to you how to adjust the equipment. Most bath safety equipment is very simple and does not require any special skill to set up or adjust.
- It is very important that when you adjust the height of any bath equipment you get the adjustment pin to fully extend out before use. Failure to do so could result in a fall while using the equipment. Due to government regulations, bath equipment may not be returned.
- Most insurance carriers do not pay for bath safety items. However, a bedside commode may be covered if the patient is room-confined or unable to get to toilet facilities.
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- If your doctor has prescribed a home hospital bed, you probably need it for proper positioning during sleep and bed rest. The most common diagnosis for a hospital bed are Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), reflux, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, leg fracture, cancer and quadriplegia. You can also use it to assist the transfer into and out of your bed.
- There are three basic types of home hospital beds: full electric, semi electric and manual. Full and semi electric beds have the same electric functions for raising and lowering the head and foot sections. The difference between the two is that a full electric frame height adjusts with an electric motor and the frame height on a semi is adjusted with a hand crank. A manual bed has hand adjustment for all three functions.
- Full electric beds are difficult to get funded through insurance carriers and require a prior authorization if it is a covered option. The electric frame height adjustment is not usually considered medically necessary. Many people will not need to change the frame height once the bed is set to the proper height for the user. Some people will adjust the frame height higher or lower to make transferring into and out of bed easier.
- We provide full electric beds, however if your insurance does not cover the electric bed, any repairs to the motors that you want to have made will be self pay. If the motors stop working, there are hand cranks to adjust the head, foot and height of the bed operating same as a manual bed.
- We also carry unique support surfaces to prevent or heal wounds or pressure ulcers. These range from overlays to pressure reducing mattresses to air-fluidized mattresses depending on the stage of the ulcer.
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- Patient lifts (Hoyer) are used to transfer between bed and chair, a wheelchair or a commode. They are covered if transfers require the assistance of more than one person and, without the use of a lift, the patient would be bed confined.
- Lift Chairs have a motorized mechanism that lifts the chair for ease of getting out of the chair. The furniture component is not covered by insurance. The lift mechanism may be covered if the patient is completely incapable of standing up from any chair in the home.
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- One in three adults 65 and older falls each year. Mobility aids like canes, crutches and walkers may reduce your risk of falling.
- Use a cane or walker to steady yourself when getting up. Stand up slowly after eating, lying down or resting. Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to drop, which can make you feel faint.
- Use a cane or walker to feel steadier when you walk
- A cane may be covered by insurance when there is a mobility impairment but potential for ambulation. A walker may be covered when there is mobility impairment that cannot be corrected with a cane but potential for ambulation. We carry heavy duty walkers for patients that weigh over 300 pounds. A specialty walker (multiple braking system, variable wheel resistance) may be covered when criteria for a walker is met but cannot use a standard walker due to severe neurologic disorder or other condition causing restricted use of one hand.
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