DME and Medical Supplies
Once a patient begins hospice care, a hospice nurse will assess the patient’s needs for medical equipment and supplies. The nurse will arrange for necessary equipment to be delivered as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours. All equipment will be delivered and set up by our highly trained Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider. Additional supplies necessary to the care of the patient will be delivered by our New Hope staff.
Having proper medical equipment in place and having the supplies required for care, the patient then is allowed more freedom to choose where to receive the care. New Hope will provide necessary instruction and education to the patient, caregivers and the families on the proper use of medical equipment and supplies.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies cover 100% of the cost of medical equipment and supplies related to the care of the patient.
New Hope Nurses will determine if additional hospice equipment or supplies are needed as the patient’s needs change. If equipment or supplies are no longer needed, New Hope will arrange a convenient time to pick up equipment and other unnecessary supplies at the patient’s place of residence. Hospice Medical equipment may include:
- Bedside commodes
- Geriatric recliners
- Hospital beds
- Over-bed tables
- Shower chair
Hospice medical supplies may include:
- Bandages and other wound care supplies like alcohol pads, etc.
- Briefs, pads and other continence care supplies
- Oxygen tubing and other supplies
- Personal care products including soaps, shampoos, body lotions, creams, etc.
- Positioning devices including wedges and cushions
- Adult wet wipes