A: Although wheelchairs are covered by Medicare Part B, at this time Medicare does not cover the cost of installing a wheelchair ramp to your home. For more information, contact a Medicare representative directly. To help you get started here is a list of Medicare phone numbers.
To learn more about the types of durable medical equipment that Medicare covers, see this booklet from Medicare, called Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Devices. (Note: To read this booklet online you must have Adobe Reader installed.) To get help installing a wheelchair ramp, here are options for you to consider:
- Many communities across the U.S. have assistance programs to help seniors with disabilities modify their homes so they can stay in their homes longer. These modifications include wheelchair ramps.
- To find senior assistance programs in your state, search this senior assistance program list.
- Check with your city to find local programs. I did a Google search in the area where I live and found several community service agencies that provide free or low-cost construction assistance to modify seniors' homes with wheelchair ramps, grab bars in bathrooms, and other home modifications.
- To find local organizations, type this into your Web browser: senior assistance (your city).
You may find government agencies and local non-profit organizations that can help you modify your home with a wheelchair ramp.
- If you have a Habitat for Humanity office in your area, they may be able to direct you to local organizations that can help you modify your home with a wheelchair ramp or other improvements .
- For a wheelchair ramp construction manual, see The Home Wheelchair Ramp Project from Wheelchairramp.org. This site also provides links to photos of wheelchair ramps under construction.
To help you plan and builde the right wheelchair ramp for your needs, check out a helpful article from Newdisability.com
You've probably heard the expression, "Where there's a will, there's a way." If you want a wheelchair ramp to help you stay in your home, there are people and organizations that can help you make it happen.