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For Family Caregivers

Durable Medical Equipment

Durable Medical Equipment (DME), such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, and infusion pumps, can be one of the most important, but also most confusing, aspects of providing care at home. What equipment does the person need? What professionals can help sort out the different options? Will the DME fit in the home space? Will insurance pay for it? Who will operate and maintain it? This guide is designed to help family caregivers better understand DME by exploring all these and other questions, as well as what to do when maintenance, replacement, or disposal of DME is necessary.

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