The initial evaluation is very important in determining what kind of equipment to choose. It should be done by your child’s local physician, physical or occupational therapist, or a local medical center. Call or compose a letter requesting catalogs from a variety of rehabilitation equipment vendors and talk to other families. Some vendors may bring the equipment to your home or allow your to keep it for a trial basis.
Contact your insurance company and thoroughly review your policy. Follow every procedure to ensure you receive your full benefits, and make sure to verify if you need pre-approval. If needed, get a prescription and the forms filled out by you physician.
It may take 4-6 months to get a wheelchair. Start early and appeal if your request is denied. You may have to make some phone calls, get more documentation, or get a second opinion.
Additional Funding Resources
There are a number of funding sources for devices and services and it is important to go through them in a proper order. Always try Insurance or Medicaid, schools or the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Each source has its own procedures and policies.
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Private Corporations
- Trust Funds
- Service Clubs