Grab bars are one of the most popular modifications made by homeowners intending to age in place, and at the Barrier Free Store, we offer and install a wide selection of products that are durable, stylish, and affordable. No matter what size or configuration your bathroom may be, we’ll provide the expert advice and guidance you need to make the best choices for your unique situation. Every project starts with a complimentary consultation with one of our mobility specialists, who will offer expert advice on how best to achieve your home improvement goals as well as answer any questions you may have. One of the most frequent questions we hear is whether or not Medicare will pay for the cost of grab bars. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C), the answer is likely yes.
Grab bars are considered durable medical equipment (DME) by Medicare, falling into the same category as walkers, canes, and stair lifts. To qualify for this classification, the product must be something used in your home for a medical reason. It must also be designed for repeated use and have a life expectancy of at least three years. In 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the benefits of Medicare Advantage plans to include grab bars. However, since benefits vary from plan to plan, you’ll still need to check with your Medicare Advantage provider to find out if your specific plan cover grab bars.
In contrast with Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part B will only cover grab bars if they are deemed a medical necessity by a healthcare professional. In most cases, this will be your primary care physician or a specialist such as a physical therapist. Your DME supplier will also need to accept Medicare, in which case you will typically pay 20% of the approved amount after your Part B deductible is met. In 2019, that amount was $185.
If you want to improve safety and confidence while in the bathroom, reach out to the Barrier Free Store today and schedule your no-obligation home assessment. We are the premier Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) serving homeowners throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.