Here, you can see a video of me using my mother’s Medicare lift chair.
As with most individuals, these lift chairs are designed not only for comfort to limit the strain on the legs and back but also for those who have difficult mobility issues and cannot stand up on their own without the form of assistance that a lift chair can provide.
Video Overview of Medicare Lift Chair
Most Medicare lift chairs come with a series of features that are designed not only for comfort but also the safety of the user in mind…
Features To Look For
- Typical lift chairs have a rating of up to 350-400 pounds, so even large users can use the chair effectively.
- The motor is designed not only to be quiet, so that it does not bother others, but also to provide a smooth lift.
- Most Medicare lift chairs today are made of fire-retardant materials, although not all are so this may be a point to consider as you are choosing among lift chairs.
- Dual pockets on both sides of the chair allow the user to have access to the controller whether they are a righty or a lefty.
- A user-control that features large buttons so seniors who have issues with their vision will be able to effectively use the controls.
Now, in terms of what Medicare will cover, it depends on the situation.
Medicare will cover what is known as ‘Durable Medical Equipment’ and a Medicare lift chair does in fact qualify as such equipment.
However, for you to qualify for Medicare to pay for the lift chair it must be prescribed by a doctor AND you must have prior written approval from Medicare. In this instance, Medicare will cover 80% of the cost of the chair, as this is the typical amount that Medicare pays under Part B.
Reimbursement After Purchase?
Now, it is possible if you already have purchased your Medicare lift chair with your own funds to get Medicare to reimburse you (I helped my mother with the process). The way to do this is for you to send the following to your Medicare claims office:
- The bill of sale
- A ‘certificate of medical necessity’-which is a document used by Medicare to substantiate the need for equipment furnished to someone who has Medicare.
- A doctor’s prescription that the lift chair is necessary as well as the doctor’s signature on the certificate of medical necessity.
Finally, let’s talk about suppliers.
There are many different suppliers to choose from…they range from your typical furniture store to specific medical equipment manufacturers.
Many supplies of lift chairs these days will help you through the Medicare process. So while you shop around for a lift chair, one of the first things you should ask is if the supplier is willing to help you with the Medicare paperwork.
Once you find one that will, finding the right chair for you will be easy.
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