Durable Medical Equipment

(DME)

What is Durable Medical Equipment?

Durable medical equipment is any medical equipment used in the home to aid in a better quality of living. It is a benefit included in most insurances. In some cases certain Medicare benefits, that is, whether Medicare may pay for the item. 

Does my Medicare plan cover durable medical equipment?

All Medicare plans cover basic equipment for you to use at home. If you need something more advanced, your plan may still cover it if your doctor says it's medically necessary.

Usually, you'll only be responsible for paying coinsurance. However, each plan covers durable medical equipment a little differently.

  • Some plans only cover certain brands or equipment from specific manufacturers.

  • Some plans require you to pay a deductible before they begin to pay for your durable medical equipment.

  • Some products do not qualify however may be a necessary piece of equipment to be purchased and paid for out of pocket.

Durable Medical Equipment suppliers are a great resource to help you work through this process.    They will help in qualifying which product will be best suited for the patient.

Medicare.gov

Some DME items may be covered by Medicare.   Find out here first if it is before paying for it out of pocket!

Mindset Make Over

Until now, everything is being contained in a bubble at either the hospital or rehab facility and your home has been a sanctuary.    Now as the preparations are being made to bring your loved one home, your sanctuary is being transform into a "hospital".   It is all becoming very real and it is affirming your duties as the Caregiver.

This is process will have both a physical affect as well as a mental affect on you.   When you start seeing all of these large pieces of equipment being dropped off and then placed into your home, may be very overwhelming for you.

Durable Medical Equipment is not going to work with your home decor.    It may transform living spaces such as your family room or living room into a bedroom.      The accent chair may be displaced by a commode.    The love seat may be relocated to accommodate a medical bed.        

This is not easy however, there are some things to keep in mind as you go through this process.   

  • Do not delay ordering major DME ie. Beds, Movers, etc.

  • Take the time to pack up the space calmly.

  • Work with vendors/suppliers who will support you 

  • Do the best you can when you need to move your favorite stuff out of a space or into storage.

  • Do not worry about what guests are going to say or think when they come to visit.    One day this will be happening with them too.  

These are things that no one ever thinks about nor talks about unless they've gone through it.    It is scary and overwhelming, but you through it. 

 

We went through this challenge when the shower unit was installed in my sister's home.   Slowly her beautifully appointed den was transformed.   It became Dad's bedroom and now it has this shower unit in it.   

 

How did we overcome this challenge?   We got creative!    By positioning it in a corner of the room and then place a tall back arm chair in front of it, it was hardly noticeable.    It wasn't the perfect space she once had in her home, but we did the best we could with the situation.   You will too.

Making Space

Making room for some of these items large pieces of medical equipment may be a challenge, but you do not have to do it alone.     

The ideal scenario would be to begin the decluttering process.   There will come a time to have to get rid of stuff.   This may or not be the time to go through this process.   When you are, you can hear about it more here. 

You are dealing with your loved one's Home Coming or preparing their home for Aging In Place and you need help moving furniture or setting stuff up.

Hire help.    Companies such as College Hunks provide labor to help with moving furniture, building furniture or moving furniture.     When time is ticking, get the right people in to help you get the job done.

Don't make it about money!    Stay focused.    Stay away from the arguments on who is going to pay for these efforts.    You have two choices:    have your loved one pay for it or you pay for it.     The idea scenario would be for you to pay for it, keep track of any receipts and then have a conversation about being reimbursed.

DeCluttering

Lets deal with decluttering.

Re-Homing/Disposing of Durable Medical Equipment

One of the tasks you may be responsible for after a loved one passes away is disposing of any durable medical items; such as: stair climbers, beds, portable showers etc.    

There are several ways to go about this.   We have found several organizations where you may donate your gently used items.    Another way of going about this is offering your items to other families who may not be in a position to purchase them on their own and we can help with that.  

Visit this section on Getting Rid of Stuff to find a listing of organizations that accept donations or learn how we help families by posting their items on our Social Media outlets for FREE.   To learn more about this follow this link.   

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