September 23, 2015 in Caregiver Tips
As my mother ages, she becomes less and less independent and more dependent on myself and my siblings. I think it is time for her to get a motorized scooter to help her get around easier; however, I am concerned about the costs and what exactly Medicare will cover. Do you have any insight to offer on when Medicare will help pay for a scooter?
Thanks for your help.
Gina –Greenville, Ohio
I understand your concerns entirely. It is important that your mom get a motorized scooter as soon as possible in order to help her get around more efficiently and take some of the stress off of you and your siblings; however, Medicare, like you said, can be an extremely confusing topic. Here are some tips to help you determine when Medicare will cover paying for a motorized scooter:
- Medicare Part B will help cover the costs of a motorized scooter under these conditions:
- (1) The doctor treating your condition submits a written order stating that you have a medical need for this device.
- (2) You have limited mobility and meet all of a number of requirements (which you can view here)
- You must have a reasonable and necessary mobility solution
- Other mobility products (ie: cane, walker, etc) cannot fix the problem
- The power scooter must be used indoors, not outdoors in order to receive any coverage from Medicare
Remember, Medicare may not cover the entire cost of the scooter. There will likely be a 20% cost that you have to cover; however, sometimes this, too, can be covered by insurance.
Gina, we would love to have the opportunity to help your mom find the perfect scooter to fit her everyday needs. Please feel free to give me a call personally at 419.678.4979 or stop in today to look around!
I hope this information is helpful for you and your family.
Sarah at New Visions