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    A Look at Medicare Coverage for Wheelchairs

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Wheelchairs and wheelchair lifts can make all the difference for people who struggle with limited mobility. And if you have Medicare, your doctor-prescribed wheelchair and wheelchair lifts may be covered. Call your Medicare representative to learn if the wheelchair and wheelchair ramps you want are covered. To help get you started, here is a brief look at Medicare coverage for wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories. 

    What’s Covered
    Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers power-operated vehicles (scooters), wheelchairs, and other durable medical equipment (DME) prescribed by your doctor for use in your home. DMEs may include walkers, hospital beds, handicap ramps, and wheelchair lifts that are ordered by your doctor. As long as the device is durable, long-lasting, used for a medical reason, used in your home, and not useful to someone who isn’t sick or injured, Medicare covers it.

    Your Costs
    If you have Original Medicare, you will be required to pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount. This is the amount a doctor or supplier that accepts assignment can be paid. For wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and other DME, Medicare pays for the equipment in different ways: some equipment may be rented, other equipment may be purchases, and you may choose to rent or buy some equipment. Depending on where you live, you may be affected by Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program, in which Medicare will only help pay for a DME if it is supplied by contract suppliers.

    For quality stairway lifts and wheelchair ramps in NJ, contact Williams Lift Company. Since 1947, our family-owned company has provided affordable and helpful home healthcare products to residents in Middlesex, Essex, Union, Morris, Bergen, and Somerset Counties in New Jersey. Visit our website to see our stair lifts and wheelchair ramps, or call us at (908) 322-7070 to learn about how we work with Medicaid.

    Ellen Tries Out the Acorn Stair Lift

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Stair lifts are amazing pieces of equipment for senior citizens who have a hard time going up and down the stairs on their own. But who says you have to be old to use a stair lift? In fact, stair lifts are for anyone who has limited mobility. The Acorn stair lift features a padded seat and backrest for a comfortable ride up and down the stairs. It is easy to operate, and its slim fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase for non-riders. To see just how easy (and fun) the Acorn stair lift is to operate, watch this short clip from The Ellen Show.

    For additional information about the Acorn stair lift, contact Williams Lift Company. We sell, rent, and install stair lifts for residents throughout Middlesex, Essex, Union, Morris, Bergen, and Somerset counties in New Jersey. We can also install a stair lift if you live in Staten Island, NY. Call us today at (908) 322-7070 to learn more about our selection of stair lifts and wheelchair ramps.

    Measuring Your Home for a Stair Lift

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you use a wheelchair, there are many modifications you may need to make your home more comfortable and accommodating. A stair lift can help you get up and down your stairs safely and easily. When you request a stair lift, you will need to have the proper measurements ready to get an accurate quote. First, have a friend or family member measure all the way from the edge of the top stair to the landing. This will be the measurement for the lift’s railing. You will also need to measure how wide your stairs are and the height of each stair.

    You could perform all of these measurements yourself, or you could call Williams Lift Company of NJ. Our stair lift options are beautiful, functional, and powerful. Call us today at (908) 322-7070 to schedule an in-home estimate or to request a free brochure. You can also learn more about our stair lifts by visiting our website.

    Tax Write-Offs for Medical-Related Remodeling

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Whether you are planning to grow old in your house or you’re inviting an older friend or family to live with you, you may need to remodel your home to make it more accommodating. Widening the doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and installing stair lifts are a few of the changes that can make your home more comfortable for individuals with limited mobility. Fortunately, you may not be on the hook for all of the costs associated with your medically-related alterations. Here is what you need to know about tax write-offs for medical-related remodeling.

    Common Deductions for Handicapped Improvements
    Generally speaking, any home addition or improvement that was made solely for medical purposes is eligible for a tax write-off. Wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, and special handrails are among the most common improvements that accommodate a handicapped condition. Other improvements include widening of doorways, lowering kitchen cabinets, lowering light switches, and making the bathrooms more handicapped accessible.

    Requirements for Tax Write-Offs
    In order to deduct the cost of medical-related remodeling, your write-offs must exceed 7.5 percent of your annual adjusted gross earnings. If you are facing a long-term or permanent medical condition, try to make all of your home improvements in one calendar year to maximize your potential deductions.

    Necessary Documents and Paperwork
    Medical-related home improvement write-offs require Schedule A itemization. If you establish a legitimate full-time or part-time home business to take advantage of additional credits under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you must also file Form 8826. Keep your doctor’s prescription for the improvements written on official letterhead.

    For increased home mobility, contact Williams Lift Company. Our affordable stair lifts offer a long list of standard features usually found only on more expensive pieces of equipment. We also offer permanent and temporary wheelchair ramps. Visit our website to learn more about our lifts and ramps, or call us today at (908) 322-7070 to schedule an in-home consultation.

    Safety Tips for Using a Stair Lift

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Compact, comfortable, efficient, and easy-to-use, stair lifts make ascending and descending stairs safer for the elderly and physically disabled. While stair lifts are safe so long as they are well-maintained and used with care, there are several proper handling techniques and safety measures with which you should be familiar to make using your stair lift as safe as it can possibly be.

    Choose a Stairlift with State-of-the-Art Safety Features
    To an extent, stair lift safety is dependent on the lift you choose. Install a stairlift that meets all safety standards, is equipped with state-of-the-art safety assistance technology, and is equipped with a swivel chair seat to ensure your safety and that of others who use the lift.

    Keep Unattended Children Away
    Ensure that unsupervised children do not have access to your stair lift through child-proofing or other means. If you deem it necessary, you may even want to consider a key-activated stair lift.

    Invest In a Power Generator
    A power outage does not always stop you from having to go downstairs. In order to ensure that you have access to all levels of your home even when the power is out, install a power generator on your property.

    Mount and Dismount with Care
    Use caution whenever you are sitting on and getting up from your stair lift’s seat. Always wear your seatbelt, and follow all the directions that are outlined in your owner’s manual.

    Would you like to have a warranty-backed state-of-the-art stair lift installed in your home? To speak with a representative from a stairway and wheelchair lift manufacturer with more than 60 years’ experience, call Williams Lift Company today at (908) 322-7070. If quality and value are important to you, then we have the perfect stairway lift for you. To learn more about our products, visit us on the Web.

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