What does Medicare Cover with Durable Medical Equipment?

I get the question daily, what does Medicare cover in regards to durable medical equipment. The general rule of thumb is Medicare stops at your front door and your bathroom door. They will pay for a wheelchair, walker, hospital bed, oxygen, and other items imperative to daily living. Unfortunately they will not pay for two items in the same classification such as a walker and a wheelchair (they think that if you use one, you don’t need the other). Medicare also changes their rules frequently so if you have any questions, give us a call at Howard’s Medical in Yakima and Selah at 654-9899.

What is Hospice Care and Why Use It?

Today, many families often will wait too long to order home hospice care. Hospice is a form of palliative care for patients who are terminally ill. This means patients “who have a progressive, incurable illness that will end in death despite good treatment, and who are sick enough that you would not be surprised if they died within six months.” Howard’s currently works with both Memorial and Yakima Regional Hospice and can testify that their nurses truly care for their patients. Hospice uses a team approach of caregivers, physicians, nurses, and counselors to help with the patient’s pain and symptoms, the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying. Hospice also provides needed medications, and medical supplies and equipment. It coaches the family on how to care for the patients during this time of need. Howard’s works with two great hospices in the Yakima Valley (Regional and Memorial Hospice) and would be happy to pass on their information at 654-9899.