Finding home medical supplies and equipment for condition management.
Perhaps you, or a loved one, are dealing with a chronic condition, a temporary health issue, or facing the challenges that come with aging. In that case, you may be looking for home medical equipment that can help assist with monitoring, management, and mobility.
If you have a heart or lung condition or are concerned about a respiratory infection, you may want to learn to use a pulse oximeter to help monitor your blood’s oxygen level. Doing so may help give you a sense of how well your lungs absorb oxygen and how efficiently your heart is pumping oxygenated blood. Using a heart rate monitor may also alert you to potential cardiac issues and potentially help you exercise with more confidence. And everyone can gather more information about their wellbeing by tracking blood pressure and glucose levels. There are even technologies to try and help you manage your weight.
If you are concerned about balance issues or the risk of a fall, you might want to consider installing safety handles and bars in all places where movement might be difficult, such as in the bathroom, where surfaces are hard and slippery. You may also consider choosing a walker to have on hand for added stability when moving while tired, alone or on longer walks.
Can you get reimbursed for home health supplies?
Many home health care products are expenditures that you might be able to cover with money from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). These kinds of accounts may be set up with an employer or independently (depending on the type of account), allowing you to set aside untaxed money for healthcare expenses.
Some common home medical equipment, like blood pressure monitors, glucometers, pulse oximeters and certain mobility devices, might potentially be covered by reimbursement from these plans. Learn more about FSA and HSA coverage before purchasing these health-related items to help ensure you are aware of all requirements and restrictions.
If you have Medicare, you may also be able to get reimbursed for some of the cost of these home health supplies. You will likely need a doctor’s prescription for the device, and you may also need to purchase it from a Medicare-approved supplier. So, always make sure you understand all requirements before choosing a wheelchair, mobility device or home healthcare technology.
These statements and any information contained herein are intended for educational purposes only and are not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. Carefully review product labels for instructions and important safety information and consider consulting with a health care professional regarding your use of health and wellness products