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Tue Aug 10, 2021, 04:41 AM

2. We are applying for an electric wheelchair for my father

Apparently it will be covered by medicare I was told. His health has been destroyed by covid and he is completely immobile now without help so he will be using it at home hopefully. It is a 3 month long process at least though and I donít know what will happen. My hope is that he can move around a bit at home by himself but with each hospital stay he is getting weaker.

He also had an Inogen portable oxygen concentrator and a larger one. The larger one was old and was garbage, it released a strange odor that made my asthma act up. We never used the portable one because the hospital never gave us the charging cord so I canít comment on how good it was. It seemed a bit heavy to me for a portable. But overall if you are paying for it yourself or if insurance will pay I would get a new one if possible whichever brand you select. The hospital said he should be using the larger concentrator at home because the portable ones would not produce enough o2 on a sustained level for him when needed.

When he left the hospital his pulse ox was not low enough with activity the day before he left so eventually medicare would not cover it. Even though he now has chf and valve failure after covid and it was low enough 3-4 days before- he was on oxygen that whole stay and has needed it again at 9 subsequent stays including one with acute respiratory failure. He just got home again and I am not sure if he now needs it again because he was having trouble breathing there last night and needed 02 but was released and then he was having trouble again on the way home.

Medicare is atrocious about under which circumstances it will and will not cover things. If you are getting the concentrator through a supplier as a rental be careful because they will sometimes ask for a credit card to charge you in case it is denied. I had to get on the phone with the company the hospital arranged the 02 devices through a few times to straighten things out. Maybe you know all of this already.

I was looking at this wheelchair a while back.


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