Mobility Aids- Orthopediic Shoes are Covered by Medicare ????

(Filed under mobility aids, orthopedic shoes )

Here is a good question that I hear a lot about……Will Medicare Cover Orthopedic Shoes?

First of all lets just clarify some things. There are numerous types of orthopedic shoes as well as many types of covered products for leg braces. If by chance they are a necessity for a persons daily existence then Medicare will cover :

Brands and types
Oxfords
High tops
Depth inlays
Custom shoes for non diabetics

And if they are also a medical necessity for the proper functioning of the brace, Medicare will cover:Heel replacements
Sole replacements
Shoe transfers

Also make note that patients with partial amputations to the feet can have their prosthetic shoes covered if they are an important part of the prosthesis.

Here are some of the restrictions that apply to coverage :The bill for the shoe and the brace must originate from the same supplier.

The treating physician who is handling the patient needs to follow proper protocol by signing and dating the detailed order for the prosthesis.
This order also must be kept on file with the actual supplier in the event if it needs to be made available to the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).
It is important to note that Shoes, any inserts, and modifications for diabetic patients are covered under Medicare and its Diabetic Footwear policy.

Another good question is how much will you have to pay for orthopedic shoes?
You will pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount under Medicare Part B.
Also you must have to pay $135 deductible for any Medicare Part B services and supplies before Medicare begins to pay its share. And this amount may even be higher if the doctor,supplier, or health care provider does not accept assignment.
We really cannot stress enough how important it is for your supplier to be participating in the Medicare program. If a supplier of your durable medical equipment ,denoted as DME, refuses to accept assignment the charge you may be required to pay could be huge !! And you just may have to pay the complete bill when you receive your DME.

(Topics related mobility aids, orthopedic shoes)

So what’s the Reason this Blog exists ??

(Filed under mobility aids,electric wheelchairs,mobility scooters )

I get asked this question frequently. Mainly, the beginning evolution of this Blog has been centered around my own personal experience. I suffered a stroke back in Oct. 2003 and because of disabling deficits that are still present up to this very moment I decided to create this Blog.

I realized that being handicapped and Disabled can be a struggle and a big obstacle to face many people in their Lives. But by no means does this entail that Life is over and Life cannot be lived. On the contary it can and will be lived even if you are facing a crippling lifestyle.

As a result, I felt complled to share valuable resources and information that would help people live a more fullfiled Life even in the light of having disabling challenges.

I have a desire to share some of the financial info. that has helped me supplelment the small income I currently receive. With paid surveys and other internet programs ,I have found it possible to secure a nice flow of monthly cash flow that enhances the financial part of my life.
And I currently list ALL these Programs on the Blog here for your comvenience so you can particpate with them and develop your own money stream.
By no means will you become rich thru these program but they will add on and supplement what you are already geting.
Check them out on the side of the Blog here.

Also, I split this Blog up and included an emphasis on mobility aids like electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters for visitors to be able to take advantage of.

Many disabled people find it helpful with the resources I have for these Mobility products and I am proud that I can provide them with it.

Hope this Post helped in giving you insight to why this Blog exists !!

Cheers !!! 🙂

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Chair lifts and stair lifts- The benefits and the different models !!

(Filed under stair lifts, stair lift, chair lifts )

It’s a fact that stair lifts for people with disabilities are great accessibility tools if they have a very tough time climbing stairs ! A chair lift is highly effective and very simple to operate. And makes it effortlessly to go up and down stairs.

Here are some of the features of a stair lift.

They are elegantly designed and are available in various sizes and color alternatives. They also have several safety features that are included:

• Several options as far as sensors to detect any obstacles along its route.
• It has a Safety belt
• The on/Off Button is controlled by the slightest touch.
• A foot rest that flips up
. It has a swivel seat which can be folded up against the wall for more extra space.

You can install a chair lift and stair lift inside a home on straight or curved stairways without any kind of structural changes !! Also this AC/DC operated device can be mounted on either side of the stairwell.

Purchase from Reliable Manufacturers

Here is a few reputable Manufacturers of stair lifts. They include ThyssenKrupp Access, Savaria Concord and Bruno . The different types of chairift models include Electra-Ride Elite, StairGlide® Stair Lift, Flow StairLift and Citia Stair Lift.

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The Benefits of the Wheelcair Lift are so Great to so many !!

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Wheelchair lifts are devices help lift people in wheelchairs up and down wheelchair accessible vans and other accessible vehicles as well things like Steps and stairs. It is so beneficial to many people especially in the circumstances of getting up and out when they need to go somewhere.

It’s really great because with a wheelchair lift the individual just has to pull his wheelchair up to the platform of the lift and then simply be lifted up or down !!People with disabilities and those confined to a wheelchair cannot really find anything more convenient than this !! It’s such a Godsend to so many !!!

Another great benefit of wheelchair lifts is that there is one for about every purpose. Platform wheelchair lifts are very sturdy and very solid and do fold up. They come in both automatic and semi-automatic versions. In the auto wheelchair lift a switch actually takes care of the folding part as well as the lowering and raising. In a semi-automatic wheelchair lift one has to manually old and unfold the platform.

It’s a fact that electric wheelchair lifts are easier to maintain than hydraulic ones. Electric wheelchair lifts can be customed fitted with telephone jacks and auto door openers.

On a personal note, my Uncle was a quadriplegic for over 30 years before he passed away in 1995. I can remember when he had the wheelchair lift added to his van. It was such a great thing for him making it easier to get in and out and go to different places.

As time goes by the wheelchair lifts will get technically improved and much better !

Medical Walker vs Rollator

(Filed under medical walker,rollator,mobility aids)

One big question we hear a lot about is whether one would be better off with a medical walker or rollator ?? So lets just do a little comparison to see which one would be a better suit for you.

First of all it’s probably more or less true that a rollator is not as well known as a medical walker………Generally speaking medical walkers are disability devices that have four legs and two handles that you use to lift up on and place in front of you for balancing yourself and providing stability when walking. Whereas a rollator has wheels where the legs are. Some vary with having 3 wheels and 4 wheels. And some are also equipped with locking systems and breaking systems to provide safety and stability. Both rollators and walkers can be collapsed for easy storage or for travel purposes.

Both are used by individuals who require more support than a typical walking stick or cane. Its pretty obvious that the true magic of a rollator is the wheels on its legs !! This offers ease of movement and convenience for the disabled person. Some people find the constant lifting and then walking of a medical walker to be very strenous and uncomfortable. This can really be more of a hinderance than a help. So next time think about whether or not you or your loved one is not putting their walker to use because of this fact. Does the medical walker cause a feeling of being isolated or a lack of mobility ?? Do things like going to the Mall or Supermarket seem like a real big inconvenience ??

If you find this to be the case then you might really consider the purchase of a rollator. A rollator provides all the benfits of a traditional medical walker but is much easier to use. Many will find once they do get a rollator and learn how to use it that going to the store or church is a lot more easier and enjoyable !! You find out that you can once again get out and be a part of the World and get back to exercising and seeing more of your friends and family !!

So what kind of mobility scooters are there and what can they do to help you ??

(Filed under mobility scooters, medical scooters, mobility aids)

Mobiltiy Scooters have really been of great assistance to helping many people live more convenient and fuller Lives. The fact is there are many types of mobility scooters to meet what you need. They range from medical scooters that can be used for around your house, or mobility scooters that take you as far as 25 miles and even off the road.
Medical scooters fit into 4 categories.

1.Portable Scooters: They are portable and lightweight mobility scooters that are suitable for a person who frequently has to transport a scooter on an ongoing basis..

2.Pavement Scooters: These pavement medical scooters are perfect for everyday use and can really be beneficial for a person who lives in the city and wants to travel a couple of blocks to go to the supermarket or movie theater.

3.Luxury Scooters: Luxury mobility scooters are really more comfortable and more heavy duty than the portable and pavement scooters.They also come with a variety of additonal features.

4. Heavy Duty Scooters: These are pavement and luxury mobility scooters that can carry over 180kg. They are indeed suited for people who might have larger body structures that need to be supported using one of these.

Making the choice in deciding which scooter is right for you is very important. The particular budget you are working with is important as well as the type of style you desire or require. Some of the more popular brands are Pride GoGo and Rascal Scooters.
With the baby boom generation getting older and older the need for medical scooters and other mobility products will increase each and every year.

We recommend that ALL people take the time to get to know about some of the mobility products that can make Life a little easier for everyone. Including grandparents, aunts, uncles etc…

It is such an important issue that effects all of our lives !!

The cost associated with a portable oxygen concentrator and supplies……..

(Filed under stationary and portable oxygen concentrator, wheelchair lifts, medical scooters)

How much you pay for a stationary and portable oxygen concentrator will greatly be dependant on whether or not you have Part B coverage and the location that you buy your equipment. So if your are enrolled and are a part of Medicare Part B:

You will be required to pay 20% of the approved Medicare amount. This is after you have paid the yearly deductible.
Make a note that you will not pay as much if you buy from a supplier who accepts what they call assignment. A supplier who accepts assignment simply agrees to charge only the Medicare approved dollar amount.
You may owe practically nothing for the portable oxygen concentrator and supplies, if you have a Medicare supplemental plan like Medigap.

You may be limited to who you can go thru the service with if you are enrolled in Medicare Advantage Health Plan !

The monthly allowance for stationary and portable oxygen covers the equipment. Which includes all the oxygen contents like refills for stationary and portable systems; equipment delivery, setup, and maintenance; accessories and supplies; patient education and other services associated with furnishing home oxygen.
Its important that you know that Medicare will pay for oxygen for rental purposes for the first 3 years. After this period of time, if you are still in need of it and your deductible and copays are met, the ownership of the title will be transferred to you. Medicare from then on will refill your stationary and portable oxygen concentrators. As well as any repairs and service of your personal equipment.

It is important to do your homework and take your time when studying the Medicare Plan you are enrolled under.

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How Do I Qualify for The Coverage of Home Oxygen ??

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It is necessary that you have Medicare Part B coverage and your physician really must document your need for home oxygen equipment and supplies. Also the doctor must order and write you a prescription for the equipment you need. Your doctor will know the particular standards it takes to qualify for the type of home oxygen equipment being prescribed to you.

And Medicare will pay for the oxygen equipment and supplies when:

-The home oxygen will be used repeatedly.
-The equipment is needed for a specific medical need.
-It is needed for an serious illness or injury.
-It has to be used for the home.

To qualify for home oxygen equipment and supplies:

-Your Physician must have documented evidence of a severe lung disease or other physical condition that obstucts your ability to breathe.
-Your condition might have a distinct possibility of improving with this use of oxygen.
-Your blood and gas level lies within a certain range.
-Other forms of assistance were not effective for you.

Under the above conditions, Medicare helps pay for:

-Systems for providing oxygen.
-Unique Containers that store the oxygen.
-Tubing and related equipment for the delivery of oxygen.
-Oxygen contents.
-Types of portable oxygen units used to help people get around the home.

Medicare will not pay or respond to :

-Oxygen that someone wants to use for sleep only.
-Portable oxygen that is used as just a backup to a permanent oxygen system.

(Topics Related home oxygen, mobility aids, wheelchair lifts, electric wheelchairs )