Hospice Medical Equipment

Each patient’s circumstances and needs are unique, but a common concern relates to the medical equipment and supplies used in hospice care. Generally, durable medical equipment and medical supplies that are prescribed by a physician and used at home are covered under Medicare’s hospice benefit. Prescriptions related to pain management or symptoms from the patient’s illness are also covered, sometimes with a small co-payment.

Elderly Man with Caregiver in Nursing Home Hospice Medical Equipment

Medical equipment can include:

  • Hospital bed
  • Lifts
  • Kidney machines
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Oxygen equipment (including ventilators)
  • Bi-Pap and C-Pap machines
  • Bedside commode
  • Wheelchair
  • Walker
  • Crutches
  • Nebulizer

Medical supplies can include:

  • Bandages and other wound care
  • Ostomy supplies
  • Foley catheters
  • Adult wet wipes
  • Disposable gloves
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