How to Know if You Should Rent or Buy Medical Equipment

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Transitioning from a hospital stay to home recovery isn’t easy, but medical equipment available for private use can ease accessibility concerns and aid the recovery process. Most home-care equipment can be purchased or rented, although the decision to rent or buy will depend on various factors. If you or a loved one needs medical equipment but you’re not sure how much of a financial investment you need to make, start by asking these questions:

How long will you need to use the item?

In general, short-term recovery periods (between one and two weeks) will only require temporary use of medical equipment, so rentals are a better option. Rental may also be suitable for long-term recovery periods of two weeks or more, but at some point the rental rate could exceed the purchase price, so it’s beneficial to have an estimated recovery time in mind before making a decision.

What kind of equipment do you need?

What are some examples of manually operated equipment?

  • Crutches

Cost-effective when brand new (around $15-$30), crutches are always better to buy rather than rent.

  • Walkers

Most medical equipment for home use is either manually operated or motorized. In general, if you need a manually operated item for a month or longer, purchasing is usually a better option. On the other hand, unless you need a motorized item for long-term or permanent care, renting is usually the less expensive option. rent a walker

  • Knee walkers

A great option for those recovering from leg injuries or surgeries, knee walkers are a good investment to purchase (around $150 new) if you need them for more than a month.

Another inexpensive ($30-$50) purchase, walkers will temporarily assist short-distance walking, such as around the houses. Rolling walkers cost a bit more ($50-$70) but they’re better for longer distances, and most feature a seat for resting periods.

  • Wheelchairs

One of the most popular items for rent, wheelchairs are quite expensive new ($200-$300) and many people transitioning from hospital care only need them on a temporary basis. wheelchair rentals

What are some examples of motorized medical equipment?

  • Mobility scooters

Unless you need long-term or permanent mobility assistance, scooters are much more affordable to rent than buy (starting around $2,000), especially if you only need them for special occasions or trips.

  • Patient lifts

Manual patient lifts are available but they are notoriously difficult to use, which is why electric lifts are more popular even though they cost a little more to purchase (starting around $1,000). Rentals are best for short-term use.

  • Power lift recliners

Even if you don’t need it for permanent use, you might want to consider purchasing a power lift recliner (starting around $300) if you are approaching your senior years. Often as comfortable as regular recliners, power lift recliners gently ease you up and out of the chair without straining your back or recovering limbs.

What other equipment might be needed?

Medical equipment that doesn’t fall into either manual or motorized categories includes ramps, which allow wheelchairs and walkers easy access over stairs. Ramps can be purchased or rented, depending on how long you will need accommodating access to your home.

Hospital beds can also be very useful in the transition from hospital to home, especially if you need extended care. If you rent a hospital bed, you will still need to purchase a specialized mattress because used mattresses are unsanitary. On the plus side, you’ll get to pick your own mattress, ensuring customized comfort for short or long-term use.

Avondale HME offers the best medical equipment at the best price

Whether you decide to rent or buy medical equipment for home use, the most important thing is choosing the right equipment for your accessibility needs. At Avondale HME, we can answer all your questions and help you select the best equipment to aid your recovery or assist you long-term. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to learn more.