Medicare never covers home modifications, such as ramps or widened doors for improving wheelchair access. Though your doctor may suggest that home modifications may help due to your medical condition, Medicare does not include coverage for them under its durable medical equipment (DME) benefit. Medicare also does not cover assistive devices, such as large-button telephones or flashing doorbell signals.
If you need home modifications or assistive devices, there are organizations that can point you to low-cost products and services:
- ABLEDATA is a federally funded database of assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.
- Each state has an Assistive Technology Program that helps residents with disabilities, their family members, and caregivers identify and get the equipment they need.
- The National Rehabilitation Information Center offers information on organizations and agencies that can help people with disabilities.
- AARP’s website has helpful home-design suggestions for people with disabilities.