Help Us Combat Cuts to Medicare!

This week is a critical week and our last chance to protect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on medical equipment. Please read…

On January 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will expand a program called competitive bidding. The competitive bidding program expansion will slash reimbursement rates for important medical equipment such as oxygen, walkers, wheelchairs and complex rehab equipment (seat and back cushions, power recline and tilt systems, specialty drive controls, etc.)

This change will make it very difficult for millions of Americans to find the vital equipment they need or require people to pay out of pocket for their medical supplies.

COMBAT CUTS TO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Without assistance from Medicare, many beneficiaries will not be able to afford medical technologies they rely on for daily living.  Multiple bills have been introduced  in Congress mandating CMS stop the cuts and fix the program! We need your help to push these bills past the finish line. If you haven’t done so yet, PLEASE send messages to your legislators today.

Urge your legislators to preserve access to quality equipment and care. 

Message them here

Please note: In order for the bidding expansion to be, the bills must be passed and enacted by December 31, 2015.

 

Ask Sarah: Will Medicare Pay for Scooters

Sarah,

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

 

Hi Gina,

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:

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

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Medicare’s Role in Adjustable Beds

One of the first things you may find yourself asking is, “Wait. What is the difference between adjustable beds, regular beds and hospital beds?” Well, we have the answer for you! Below we outline the difference between regular, adjustable and hospital beds, as well as which are covered under Medicare and which are not.

  • Regular beds – These are your everyday beds which don’t allow for any adjustment on overall height of the bed or the head/foot areas. Regular beds are commonly purchased by those who do not have any health/medical concerns.
  • Adjustable beds – Today’s more modern adjustable bed allows the user to elevate both the head and foot areas of the bed in order to find the optimal position for comfort regarding a variety of health considerations. Users can benefit from therapeutic features as well, including pillow top and memory foam mattress additions! These “luxury” beds are considered to be the most comfortable beds on the market.
  • Hospital beds -These beds are designed for individuals with more serious medical issues and their caregivers. Not only can these beds adjust at the head and foot, but they can also be raised toward the ceiling or lowered toward the floor, helping ease back pain caregivers may commonly experience.

Discovering the Right Bed for Your Needs

Now, which is the right one for YOU?

  1. Adjustable beds -If you are not worried about falling out of bed at night and are looking for something that looks like a traditional bed—and comes in multiple mattress size options, allowing you and your spouse to continue to share a bed—an adjustable bed may be the make for you. An adjustable bed can allow you to benefit from the therapeutic features of adjustability without the negative stigma associated with hospital beds. Have a headboard and/or footboard you love and don’t want to get rid of it? No problem! Simply attach it to the base for a seamless transition to your new bed. Likewise, your bed has the ability to come with wired or wireless hand controls, depending on the model chosen. This bed is the perfect solution if you are looking for the health and comfort benefits of adjustability and easy rest. Adjustable beds are not covered by Medicare, but are made to be extremely affordable.
  2. Hospital beds -If you or a loved one suffers from severe medical issues requiring a bed that can be easily moved or adjusted up and down, a hospital bed may be the correct choice. However, be aware that because these bed types are designed for industrial use, you will notice they have a much bulkier frame, come with side rails and are available ONLY in twin sizes, which does not allow a patient to sleep with their partner. Likewise, the heavy frame makes it extremely difficult to disguise a hospital bed as a traditional flat bed. A plus is that this bed is typically covered under Medicare.

We hope this information helped you get a better idea of which type of bed is the right fit for you. If you are looking to purchase or try an adjustable bed, give the professionals at New Visions Medical Equipment a call at 419.678.4979 or email us at info@newvisionsmedical.com today

 

5 Ways a Lift Chair Benefits Aging Parents

If your mom needs to move in with you or you have noticed her struggling with simple everyday tasks lately, maybe one option to help her keep her freedom is considering a lift chair. But how do you know what type of chair she needs or if her insurance/Medicare will cover the costs? These are some common questions adult daughters like yourself are faced with.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Lift Chair?

An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who may need help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility. And because lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs–but possess a safety mechanism that can allow them to raise or lower the chair in order to easily stand up or sit down–they provide your senior with a friendly way of regaining their independence. Typically, those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves, yet are able to move around on their own, whether it be with or without a walker.

5 Advantages of Using a Lift Chair

Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

  • Independence
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • Ease of mobility
  • More spacious than normal chairs
  • Reduced risk of injury

Okay, now you know that lift chairs have a multitude of benefits for seniors, but did you know that they are also highly beneficial for the caregiver? Lift chairs allow caregivers two important freedoms:

  • Save time. If your mom is able to use a lift chair to function more independently, that will free up some of your time, allowing you to complete chores that otherwise may not have gotten done. Likewise, instead of having to spend the majority of your time monitoring or supervising your senior loved one to make sure they don’t have an accidental fall or injury, you will now be able to pay attention to other pressing issues, or maybe just enjoy a little “me time.”
  • Increase safety and avoid injury. A recent study showed that roughly 54% of caregivers experienced injuries simply from helping assist their senior. Helping older adults transition from a sitting (or even lying) position imposes a physical strain on the caregiver, potentially resulting in a challenging and dangerous situation for both the caregiver and their senior loved one. It’s important not to neglect your own health, especially at a time when you are being relied upon more than ever.

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). However, if you are concerned about the cost of purchasing a lift chair, be sure to read this article on whether Medicare will cover the cost.

Are you looking for a new lift chair for your senior loved one? Visit our products page or call us at 419.678.4979 and then let us help you find the right fit for your parent!

We are offering $50.00 off a new lift chair in the month of April and visit us to see our new lower prices today!

Resources:

http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/medicare-lift-chair.html

http://www.usmedicalsupplies.com/lift-chairs-for-elderly-benefit-caregivers.htm