Durable Medical Equipment

UnityPoint at Home works with you from hospital to home

Patients leaving the hospital may need multiple services and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) for their recovery at home. DME is usually prescribed by a doctor or recommended by other health care professionals for patients with chronic diseases or disabilities which limit their activities. It may also be needed for patients leaving acute or rehabilitation hospitals or skilled nursing facilities and require continued assistance at home.

Such conditions include:

  • Disorders of the bones, joints and connective tissue such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures and amputation
  •  Heart disease such as congestive heart failure and myocardial infarction
  •  Disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries
  •  Muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy
  •  Neoplastic diseases
  •  Pulmonary diseases
  •  Sleep disorders

 However, DME for home use is not limited to individuals with chronic conditions. For example, patients who are working to regain the use of disabled limbs or build up strength after trauma or disease can continue their prescribed therapy at home and return to a more normal lifestyle.

We work with your doctor who supervises the medical management of the home care patient. We coordinate the service and maintenance  of the DME - as well as any other doctor prescribed products and services, such as rehabilitation services and respiratory care products and equipment.

Our staff deliver and set up the prescribed equipment in your home, communicate regularly with the prescribing doctor and perform follow-up visits as needed. Training in the use of the equipment is coordinated by our healthcare professionals and includes detailed written instructions and follow-up.

What is Durable Medical Equipment?

Medicare defines Durable Medical Equipment as equipment which can withstand repeated use; is primarily used to serve a medical purpose; is generally not useful to a person in the absence of an illness or injury; and is appropriate for use in the patient's home. Common supplies include:
  •  Walking devices such as canes, crutches and walkers

  • Bathroom aids such as bathtub safety frames, raised toilet seats, bath benches and seats, commodes, hand held shower heads, safety bars

  • Hospital beds and accessories

  • Incontinence products

  • Recliners and lift chairs

  • Bariatric supplies

  • Patient aids such as orthopedic braces and hosiery

  •  Wheelchairs and electric scooters

  • Post mastectomy supplies such as bras, forms and swimsuits

  • Birth care supplies such as breast pumps, nursing bras and home safety items

  • Respiratory needs such as nebulizers, CPAP and BiPAP machines and supplies

  •  Respiratory care including the delivery of home oxygen