Don’t know which plan may work for you? Try our free online plan recommendation tool to get a personalized plan recommendation with no obligation to enroll.

Does Medicare Cover Shower Chairs?

Mike Olmos by Mike Olmos | Licensed since 2010
Print

This article was updated on: 11/21/2017

Find Affordable Medicare Plans in Your Area



Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, generally doesn’t consider a shower chair to be durable medical equipment. So even if you qualify for Medicare by age or disability, a shower chair doesn’t qualify and would not usually be covered under Original Medicare.

Do shower chairs count as durable medical equipment?

Medicare Part B may cover certain items you may need, such as wheelchairs, if your Medicare-assigned doctor prescribes them for you, under the program’s coverage of durable medical equipment. You may be hoping that shower chairs for the elderly or handicapped fit into this category.

According to Medicare, if an item isn’t used primarily for a medical reason, it might not fit into Medicare’s definition of medically necessary equipment. Medicare doesn’t typically cover shower chairs.

Is there anything I can do to get Medicare to cover a shower chair?

If you and/or your doctor believe Medicare should cover a shower chair when you’re an elderly or disabled Medicare beneficiary, you can file for an appeal.

If you’re considering a Medicare plan that might offer coverage beyond Original Medicare, you may want to compare your Medicare plan options. I can help you with this process. If you want to set up an appointment, I can walk you through your options or email you information. Or search for plans yourself by clicking the Compare Plans buttons on this page.

Call Medicare.com’s licensed insurance agents at 1-844-847-2660, TTY users 711; Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM ET.

Find Affordable Medicare Plans in Your Area





Mike Olmos |
View profile
Licensed Insurance Agent since 2010
1- 844-847-2659
TTY users 711
Mon - Fri, 8am - 8pm ET


Compare Medicare
Plans and Save

Our shoppers found an average saving of $961/year*

Compare Plans


Can’t Find the Answer You’re Looking For?

  • saying Talk to a Licensed Insurance Agent
  • 1-844-847-2659
  • TTY Users 711
  • Mon - Fri, 8am - 8pm ET

Licensed Insurance Agents

Let us help you learn more about your Medicare plan options

9.1 out of 10
rating

8.4 out of 10
rating

9.1 out of 10
rating