Need a wheelchair for my mother

heidihoDecember 13, 2007

How do I go about getting a wheelchair for my mother with Medicare paying for most of it? I don't even know where to begin. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time and have a nice evening.

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Connie Kru

You have to go through your Dr--He must write a prescription for it.
You can also often borrow wheel chairs from many fire stations. Many have what they call loan closets.
Check with yours and see what they have.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 9:51PM
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agnespuffin

Look in your phone book, usually under Medical Supply, if you live near a medium to large size city, there should be a company that can help you.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2007 at 11:03AM
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dedtired

The hospital where I work has a Wheelchair program. People donate wheelchairs, volunteers repair and distribute them free of charge. Try your local hospital.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2007 at 1:33PM
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bnicebkind

Many people donate wheelchairs as dedtired mentioned. I would imagine that along with hospital donations, that you might find them at a Goodwill stores/Salvation Army, and classified sections of your newspaper. If you go on line, i imagine that there must be sites for those who collect wheelchairs and donate them. Years ago I remember a guy who did this.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2007 at 9:08AM
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oldcarny

Keep your eyes open as you drive around on trash day. A lot of people throw out wheelchairs that are no longer needed. You may need to do a bit of repair but genaric parts are easy to find at a dealer. I believe that medicare pays 80% with a perscription which can be expensive especially with a motorised unit. I recomend hard rubber tires. Air filled create a problem not holding air.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 8:00AM
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dirt_yfingernails

If a family member was in the military, check with your local American Legion or VFW. Ours loans out equipment to vets and their families/

    Bookmark   January 7, 2008 at 12:31PM
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azzalea

A lot of good advice above.

Also, if there is a Harbor Freight near you, they carry a few very basic wheel chair models, at a fraction of the price of going to a medical supply store/drug store.

But I must warn you of one thing with Medicare. There's a certain protocol there. If you get a wheel chair (indicating your mother is completely disabled), and then decide your mother needs something like a walker, or electric lounger to help her get up (something for a partially disabled person)--Medicare may not pay for second item. It's complicated, but for medicare to pick up the tab, you have to buy these things in a certain order, and at certain intervals. Before you make a decision, talk to the folks at your local medical supply store to see what they recommend. We just paid for mom's wheel chair, because it wasn't worth losing benefits she might need further down the line (for something more expensive).

Also, mention among your friends, at your church, etc, that you need a wheel chair--ofte people have them sitting around the house because they're too expensive to throw out when they're no longer needed. You may find someone who is willing to lend you one.

Or, if you only need it for excursions out of the house, I found that most places I wanted to take my mom had wheel chairs to borrow--and we just skipped those that didn't, until we finally got her one of her own.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 2:34PM
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jannie

I believe Medicare will pay for a wheelchair only if it's prescribed by a doctor and the person needs it in their home, not just to get around outside.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 3:18PM
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lindac

You can buy a basic folding wheel chair for about $130. And try places like Craig's list and ebay for used ones.
Does she hav supplimental insurance? When I broke my ankle my insurance paid for a month of wheelchair rental.
Linda C

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 10:43AM
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jannie

Azzalea is right, Medicare is very tricky. My husband got a walker a whie ago that only cost him out of pocket $22. But he tripped using it and a piece of metal on it snapped, so it is useless. He found out Medicare will NOT pay for a new one, he has to wait 2 years. Ask your doctor for a prescription and definitely go to a professional Medical Supply store to get it, not your local drugstore or even Walgreens.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 5:37PM
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