Obtaining Durable Medical Equipment Survey
The following survey is to inform a project being worked on by Jordan Anderson, a self-advocate from Wisconsin, who was selected as one of only six 2022 Fellows for SARTAC (Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center). The SARTAC Fellowship is a year-long opportunity for self-advocates to develop and grow their skills as leaders in the self-advocacy movement. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary.
When people with disabilities need durable medical equipment, there can be challenges such as the length of time the process takes, lack of providers, and insurance denials. This project will examine the process for getting durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device, Hoyer lifts and hospital beds to find ways to streamline the time it takes from needing the equipment to using the equipment. The project will also look for ways to attract more rehabilitation specialists to the field to better manage the volume of repairs that can leave people with disabilities stuck at home waiting for extended periods of time due to a lack of providers.