Medical Equipment and Loan Closets
The following organizations loan medical equipment, based on availability, such as walkers, wheelchairs or tub benches to assist a person’s ability to live independently. Equipment that are medically necessary and ordered by a physician may be partially covered by Medicare or other insurance.
Q: Does insurance pay for durable medical equipment?
A: Many durable medical equipment companies accept Medicare and private insurance, however some deal only with cash purchases. If you need equipment ordered by your physician that can be billed to Medicare or other private insurance, please confirm that your DME provider accepts and will bill your insurance. You should always verify any out-of-pocket expenses and ask about delivery, set up, and repair services and fees. In addition, many local pharmacies carry a wide range of medical equipment.
Q: I want a bath bench for my tub. How can I get one?
A: Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover many bathroom assistance devices. An individual can obtain a bath bench by purchasing one possibly at a local pharmacy, durable medical equipment company or online. Research is necessary to determine the correct size, style and specific item to safely meet a person’s needs. A local lending closet may also be an option.