Raised toilet seats are helpful to who have trouble keeping their balance or are immobile.
If you’re in need of one, you may be wondering, “does Medicare cover raised toilet seats?” In this article, we answer the question in clear, plain English. You will also find the average costs of raised toilet seats, as well as other helpful info.
Does Medicare Cover Raised Toilet Seats?
The short answer is no. In most cases, Medicare will not cover the cost of raised toilet seats. That said, there may be some situations where you can get these costs covered. Below we’ll take a closer look at this to see when you might be able to get Medicare to pay for your raised toilet seats.
Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) does not provide coverage for raised toilet seats. They are a convenience item that are not considered medically necessary. They do not meet the criteria to be Durable Medical Equipment (DME) which Medicare covers under Part B.
However, some Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) may provide coverage for raised toilet seats. They will provide coverage for a raised toilet seat if the patient cannot urinate/defecate without it.
Medicare Advantage plans cover everything Original Medicare covers along with some additional benefits. But coverage differs from plan to plan. You’ll need to check with the plan you have (or are considering signing up with) for the specifics.
How Much Does Raised Toilet Seat Cost?
The average cost of a raised toilet seat may range from $20 to $150. However, the price may vary depending on the different features of the products.
What Is A Raised Toilet Seat?
Sitting down and standing up from a toilet is an easy task for young and able-bodied people. However, for some people, most often the handicapped and seniors, it’s difficult to sit down and stand up from the toilet.
Having a raised toilet seat gives them the ability to sit down and stand up more easily. A raised toilet seats adds a few inches to the “regular” toilet seat, which increases their height.
As a result, this decreases the distance between the user and the toilet. This reduces a person’s risk of suffering from an injury. This, too, can help our elders and handicapped loved ones be more independent.
Features Of A Raised Toilet Seat
Some raised toilet seats have additional features that can be a quality-of-life improvement for people. Some of these features include:
- Support Arms
- Clamping Mechanism
- Slip Resistant Pads
Support arms offer more stability and support to their users as they stand up or sit down. They may also be either removable or permanent.
The clamping mechanism allows the raised toilet seat to be easily installed and removed from the toilet. It can help to turn them into portable raised toilet seats.
Slip-resistant pads decrease the risks of the users slipping while they are on the raised toilet seats.
Note: Medicare coverage changes all the time. And your specific coverage may vary from plan to plan for Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans. Always be sure to double check with your health care provider and/or Medicare insurance provider about what your plan covers and what it does not.
Additional Info on Medicare Coverage
This article is part of our series on “What does Medicare cover?”
Also, you can check out other articles in this series including: Does Medicare cover FoundationOne testing?