Covering the cost of specific senior assistive devices is one of the most significant roadblocks individuals face when they are in that situation where they need to purchase an item to help them restore independence, mobility, and peace of mind. It often causes seniors to forgo purchasing some of these devices strictly due to the tight budgets our economy often faces in the later years in life. It also usually poses a question for individuals. One of those questions is concerning Medicare. Does Medicare cover the cost of toilet seat risers? Here is what I can tell you on this topic.
So, does Medicare cover the cost of toilet seat risers? No, Medicare does not cover the cost of toilet seat risers. The reason why Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of toilet seat risers is that they don’t consider a toilet seat riser a medically necessary device. For Medicare to cover the cost of devices or healthcare, it must be regarded as a medically necessary device.
I’m sure this upsets some individuals and makes them wonder why this wouldn’t be considered a device that Medicare covers or I’m sure we have individuals that disagree with this idea. However, toilet seat risers may help mobility, stability, and comfort and even prevent falls but would still only be considered a device that can enhance your physical abilities. This doesn’t necessarily make them necessary devices.
I tend to disagree as well and hopefully at some point in the future, Medicare decides to change up some of their rules and protocols, but for the time being, it’s all about finding alternative solutions to make sure you can gain that comfort, mobility, and stability back into your life.
That’s what this post is all about. Let’s cover some other solutions and what you can try to have a new toilet seat riser being placed in your home in no time.
Other Solutions to Purchasing a Toilet Seat Riser
Like we stated before, we are out of luck wishing that Medicare would cover the cost of a toilet seat riser. The only time healthcare coverage may pick up the cost of toilet seat riser would be if its physician ordered post-surgery for common surgeries recoveries such as knee or hip replacements where mobility would be nearly 0%.
This leaves us turning to other options and tactics. The first thing you can do to help you along the way is to read our other post that you can see here. This post is specifically designed to help break down where to look for toilet seat risers and how to find the best toilet seat riser for the money using online platforms and marketplaces.
Toilet seat risers should never be a budget-breaking expense, but unfortunately, individuals tend to purchase toilet seat risers that are either too cheap and not entirely safe or useable and cut corners during the purchasing phase.
The post we referred to previously will detail how we always recommend at least purchasing a toilet seat riser that includes locking clamps and safety bars installed on each side of the riser.
There isn’t much of a point on spending 25.00 dollars for a non-useable toilet seat riser when you could spend slightly more and at least achieve the results that you have been looking for.
Speak to Your Family and Work Out a Solution That Works for Everyone
Something that seniors or individuals often hate doing is asking for help. Even when they may need it the most. It’s also a known fact that individuals with low mobility or disabilities tend to purposely not ask caretakers to assist them with specific task due to pride or not accepting that they are now in this situation where they rely on someone else to complete an everyday task that they use to be able to complete on their own.
We recommend throwing that thinking away. If money is something holding you back from pulling the trigger on devices such as a toilet seat riser, speak to your family and see what solutions you have.
Sometimes asking for help is the only thing you need to do to get something accomplished and family and friends are more willing to help a friend or family member in need if only they knew about the original problem.
To re-emphasize, speak to your spouse or family if you are an individual that has this low mobility, disabilities or needs assistive devices to complete an everyday task. You may have to throw your pride out the window for a moment, but would you rather continue to use the restroom unsafely and with discomfort or work out a solution with your family to cover the cost of a 40-60.00 toilet seat riser?
Look into Options Together as Well, No Need to Rush the Purchase
If you are already taking the time to discuss purchasing options for your toilet seat riser, you should also take the time to consider what you are looking for out of the toilet seat riser. Often, the family is going to know you best and understand your specific mobility issues and safety concerns.
Sit down and browse some options or recommendations from trusted sites together. Often a family member will be able to point out something during the purchasing phase that you may have missed going through this process alone.
It’s often family members who carry the burden of taking care of older parents, grandparents or siblings in the later years of life and I would be willing to bet money that they are just as eager to help you gain independence as you are anxious to gain that freedom and safety for yourself.
Putting It All Together, Although Medicare Fails Us, You Always Have Alternative Options to Consider
Yes, Medicare can really be a pain in some situations and doesn’t cover some of the most needed and useable items we encounter in everyday life, and it’s unfortunate. I wish this would change too because I know exactly the frustration this can cause for individuals.
However, I also understand the value and safety that these devices can bring to someone’s life who is willing to find alternatives to purchasing them and plans ahead towards buying the correct devices. Don’t let a few dollars keep you from remaining safe, comfortable, mobile and independent. Life can be much better than that.
What’re your thoughts on alternatives to purchasing senior assistive devices such as toilet seat risers? Be sure to drop a comment below.