Help after a Hospital Stay
Durable Medical Equipment

People who have just returned home from a hospital stay, or persons who have problems with mobility often need equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, or commode. These items are referred to as durable medical equipment. Hospital discharge planners, physical therapists, or social workers can help seniors order this equipment.

In cases where the equipment is determined to be medically necessary, Medicare will help cover the cost. Medicaid usually pays the full cost for its clients.

For information on coverage for durable medical equipment, call Medicare at 1-800- MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or DHS at 462- 5300 or 462-3363 (TTY).

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