Funding Sources for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) in Rhode Island
Durable medical equipment (DME) is expensive. There is no way around this. A lot of durable medical equipment (DME), such as ceiling lift systems, wheelchair ramps, and roll-in showers require modifications to the disabled individual’s home that must be completed by certified installers in order to make sure that the equipment is installed correctly and safely.
The state of Rhode Island has several organizations that may provide help in funding critical durable medical equipment (DME) for families that have a need for and cannot purchase for themselves. There are many different ways to help pay for durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchair-to-car transfer devices, stairlifts for wheelchairs, and patient transfer devices just to name a few. Here is a list of a few organizations that might be able to help you with your durable medical equipment (DME) funding needs:
The Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has an office located in Warwick, RI. But you don’t have to go there to get information for caregivers, the NMS Society has lots of resources including many funding options for helping pay for durable medical equipment (DME), home modifications, and much more.
Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)
ATAP is a Rhode Island statewide partnership of several organizations that work together to help meet the needs of individuals with disabilities to get help with disability assessments, training for independent living, and help paying for disability-related expenses such as durable medical equipment (DME).
Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL)
This is one of ATAP’s statewide partners that has a mission to “provide elders and persons with disabilities with information on how assistive devices may enhance their independence. OSCIL also maintains an inventory of various types of AT available to the public for short- or long-term loan.”
OSCIL also can help find funding sources for individuals with disabilities who need help assessing assistive technology to improve access, addressing barriers to independence in the home, and paying for assistive technology (just to name a few).
A Wish Come True
A Wish Come True is a Rhode Island-based non-profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to:
Grant medically qualified children between the ages of 3 through 18 “one memorable wish.”
These wishes may include funding for durable medical equipment (DME) in the case of a home or bedroom makeover.
Again, these are just a few of the organizations and resources specifically for residents of Rhode Island. With a little research, or working with the Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (http://www.ors.ri.gov) you can find more specific funding sources available to Rhode Island residents.
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