Independence, security, good health are goals desired by us all, but as we grow older, attaining and maintaining these goals becomes more challenging.

Innovations and advancements in home medical equipment have made it easier for seniors to reach these goals and to remain in their own homes. Home can be a personal residence or an apartment in a continuing care/retirement community or other complex.

Whether recovering from an accident, illness or surgery; living with a disability; or adjusting to old age, living at home can be a realistic and attainable goal.

Home medical equipment suppliers provide the services, equipment and supplies to assist many individuals who believe home is where they want to be. With your parent’s physician’s consultation and advice from other health care professionals, the right products and services can be prescribed and provided. Many of these products and services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

Here is a partial list of home medical equipment and supplies:

  • Aids for daily living
  • Ambulatory aids
  • Bathroom safety products
  • Braces and supports
  • Compression hosiery
  • Diabetes management supplies
  • Infusion pumps and supplies
  • Incontinence management products
  • Lift chairs
  • Ostomy and wound care management products
  • Oxygen tanks and respiratory care equipment
  • Tube feeding pumps and supplies
  • Wheelchairs and scooters

Home medical equipment companies provide more than products. They can provide a range of professional services that include:

  • Certified compression garment fitter
  • Certified orthopedic fitter
  • Enterostomal therapist
  • Nutrition support dietitian
  • Registered and licensed practical nurses
  • Registered pharmacist
  • Rehab specialist
  • Respiratory therapist

Your parent’s insurance coverage may include several preferred providers of home medical equipment, supplies and services. To help you decide which provider to use, ask your physician or relatives and friends who may have been served by a home medical equipment company.

You can also contact the companies yourself and ask questions, such as:

  • Will the provider bill my insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid when appropriate?
  • Does the provider train, supervise and monitor its clinical services and delivery personnel?
  • Will the company deliver the products and provide instructions on their use?
  • Does the company provide 24-hour service?
  • Is the provider accredited?

Using products and services provided by home medical equipment companies can add to your good health and feeling of independence and security.