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    Lifts

    NL needs cataract surgery, both eyes, surgeries done between Aug. 23 and Sept.13.

    I am quite light (weight) and NL its quite strong and has done lift/pivot transfers since I was injured in 1982.

    To accommodate the restrictions of litfing more than 15 pounds, we need to equip our space with a lift to get me into my wheelchair and my commode chair for a few weeks after each of her surgeries. Medicare covers some lifts and slings.

    Any suggestions about which lift and sling (need a hygiene sling) that is the best that Medicare will cover (understanding that Medicare only covers barely minimal, cheapest, lowest quality, pardon the expression, shityish equipment manufactured.)

    Suggestions???

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    I you are only going to need it for a few weeks, you might want to consider a rental instead of purchase. A powered (vs. manual crank or pump) floor based lift is the easiest to use.

    Here is some information on Medicare coverage of patient lifts:

    https://medicare.com/coverage/does-m...patient-lifts/

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    What I have seen in my area, lift rentals are quite expensive and it seems the sling may have to be purchased in addition to the lift rentals. That is why I am asking the question, of the types of lifts that Medicare will cover, which is the best. Maybe in a few days, I will have more information from the two durable medical suppliers in my area (20-30 miles away) that accept medicare reimbursement and the lifts that they offer that are covered by medicare, and I can offer the makes and models for more comments from those who may have experience with the covered items.

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    Our local Lions Club has a wheelchair and various equipment program to loan out or sell. Perhaps your local Chapter has a similar program. I've seen lifts there numerous times. Some in like new condition.

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    Same here with the local Elks lodge, they offer medical devices to anyone in need. We also have Goodwill stores that sell new/gently used equipment for reasonable prices.

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    One time when we rented a mobile floor based lift for my mother, it came with a hygiene sling (we selected that sling) as part of the rental price. We didn't have to purchase a sling.

    (KLD)
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