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Medical Equipment

A wide range of home medical equipment and devices can help older adults and people with disabilities improve or maintain their independence. Some of these, if can be used more than once, over time, are often called durable medical equipment or DME.

What is home medical equipment?

Some helpful products and devices to use at home include:

  • Hospital beds
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, and other walking aids
  • Bathroom safety devices (e.g. commodes, bath benches, grab-bars)
  • Oxygen tanks and ventilators
  • Personal Care, Dressing, and Grooming Aides
  • Incontinence Supplies

How do I select home medical equipment?

Many companies sell or rent medical equipment for home use. Company representatives may come to your home and evaluate your needs. They also can teach you how to use and maintain the equipment. The companies may have emergency service in case the equipment breaks or does not work. Learn more…

How do I pay for home medical equipment?

Medicare and private insurance pay for many types of home medical equipment. For a list of Medicare covered DME, go to www.Medicare.gov. Individuals often pay out-of-pocket for these products. If insurance won’t cover the cost and payment is a challenge, some local communities have medical equipment banks or loan closets for re-usable items.

Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.

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