Can you use your power mobility device in nursing homes? This is a rather tricky question, and there really isn’t a definitive answer. What it really depends on is your insurance and also if you have purchased your power mobility device outright.
To begin with, if you received your new power wheelchair through Medicare, you will not be able to use it if you go to a nursing home, hospital, rehab facility, or hospice program. Since power wheelchairs are rented over a 13 month period through Medicare, if you move to one of these facilities you have to return your device.
If your device was purchased through other means, or other types of insurance, this is still a sticky question. It will ultimately depend on the nursing home or assisted living facilities preferences at this point. Some facilities approve of power devices and some do not. Though we can’t give a definitive reason as to why, here are some pros and cons for allowing power mobility devices at nursing homes and assisted living centers:
- Increased autonomy, allowing the user to feel in control.
- The users have less reliance on staff for getting around.
- They are designed for home or inside use, so they can dock well to sinks for washing or tables for eating.
- Nimble and agile, they can navigate indoors easily around furniture.
- Users can get to places that they probably shouldn’t because of increased mobility.
- Jealousy amongst those who do not have a power device.
- Nursing home staff may have to spend more time helping with maintenance than they otherwise would have.
- If the user becomes too sick or impaired to drive, making that judgment call for them can be tough.
As stated above, using a power mobility device in a nursing home will really come down to the individual’s insurance plan. Beyond that it will also depend on the policy of the nursing home or assisted living center. We are always happy to help answer any questions you have here at Aeroflow. If you would like to speak further with us, please feel free to contact us at 888-345-1780. We look forward to hearing from you!