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Ok, so my mom just passed on the 4th & the nursing home is charging me for the whole month, that got me thinking of the profit the home gets from continuing to use all of the different decedent's Durable Medical Equipment. They must end up gathering a lot of equipment.


So she had Medi-Cal and had to be in the nursing home for the last 4 to 5 years and was issued various items of Durable Medical equipment, I have a wheelchair bound husband and some of her equipment could be used by us and other items could be sold to pay for this months nursing homes fee's.


Dose the equipment get slowed up by the nursing home?


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Dose the equipment go back to Medi-Cal?


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Or is it included in her estate?


any and all advice is welcome I'm out of my depth here...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom.
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Who paid for the DME?
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Reply to Llamalover47
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Take it all home with you - if it isn't yours to keep someone will contact you & in the meantime you are 'storing it for protection until issues are resolved' - you are busy don't waste your time calling around because once payments stop if it goes back then they will let you know soon enough - tell NH to forward any questions to you

Go there at the end of the month 'because you want to see if XXX is still in her room' & if someone else is in that room then you should get money back prorated to the number of days that the new person was in there otherwise they are renting the same room to 2 people for the same day & that is not right because that room is 'yours' until end of month
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I am sorry for your loss.

Hugs!
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You/she owned the equipment.
You can donate it, you can sell it, you can leave it with the facility where she was, you can bring it to a Nurses Lending Closet. You can keep it in case you know anyone that may need it.If the equipment was rented then it will be returned, the facility should call and have it picked up.
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Please call your local social services plus social services in surrounding towns. Many have closets full of donated equipment for free
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The equipment and hospital bed will be retrieved by hospice DME if they provided it. Usually beds, etc are rented but in some cases patients do own the bed outright, etc.

It’ll work out. Take some time to mourn your loss. The equipment usually works itself out and can be dealt with after you plan your loved ones funeral.
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Moms NH provided the stuff she used. But, if the items were purchased thru Medicare/Medicaid under Moms name they are yours. Big items like wheelchairs and hospital beds may be rented so they need to go back to the supplier. You maybe able to get info from Medicare o other insurance to see what was purchased. Then take it to the NH and tell them you want the equipment.

I know you were realing after her passing but you should have gotten back into the NH within a few days after her death. I went back the next day because that bed was now up for grabs. My daughter went with me. I informed the desk Mom had clothing missing. I was told to come back after a few days and her laundry would be there. Never happened.
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They usually don't let the patient provide DME to maintain certifications through MC and MD.

And that's probably a good thing, when you think it through.

The reason being, is some, in the interest of cost may provide substandard DME and it's a risk to the facility.

DME is pretty big business. We have kept walkers, shower chair, etc. But we paid for. My sister and I may need sooner rather than later.
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segoline

the nursing home helped with acquiring the DME but medical paid for it

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Cwillie

That's what i was thinking, i know the oxygen company picked up there stuff within an hour of her death, we where still sitting there in the room disguising next steps and crying, it felt so disrespectful at the time, but now i can kind of see it from there point of view
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worriedinCali Feb 17, 2019
I assume the nursing home called the oxygen company? Very unprofessional on both parts. Arrangements should have been made for it to be picked up later on. I am so sorry that happened. We would have been very upset if the oxygen company came to collect their equipment before the mortuary had to come when MIL passed away.
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I've read that some equipment that is supplied through medicare or medicaid is actually a loan/rental and must be returned when it is no longer needed, so you would need to check any paperwork carefully to see who has ownership. If your mother had full ownership then I can't see why the facility has any right to keep it any more than they could keep her clothes or other furnishings you might have provided.
On the whole though second hand DME isn't really worth that much compared to what was paid when it was new, pennies on the dollar.
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They provided the DME?

ETA. I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I meant to say that first off.
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