What It Is
Who says that technology isn’t for adults or the elderly? Assistive technology (AT) is any service or tool that helps older adults or persons with disabilities perform activities that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
For older adults, assistive technology may be items such as amplification devices to make sounds easier to hear. It could also be adapted utensils or a magnifying glass for someone who has poor vision.Those are, of course, only a few examples; AT is essentially anything that aids a person’s continued participation in daily activities.
AT allows many people to live independently without resorting to long-term nursing or home health care. For some, it is critical to the ability to perform simple activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or cooking.
Getting Help Navigating Medicaid
The bad news is that most private insurance companies do not provide coverage for certain types of AT. The good news is that those on Medicaid waivers in the state of Virginia have a potentially valuable resource in helping to pay for their AT needs. However, Medicaid doesn’t always identify assistive technology exactly as such, which can make it hard for some to get coverage. Further, to get coverage of the cost of assistive technology, the typical requirement is that justifications may be required, including a doctor prescribing it as being “medically necessary.” This is a phrase rarely applied to things like handheld devices, unless a communication disorder is involved, but such devices are no less needed.
That’s why those seeking an AT device should get in touch with AT providers like Ability Unlimited. They know all the terms a Medicaid agency might use and can help with the process of requesting funding for assistive technology devices. Check out Ability Unlimited’s website for more info on what makes you eligible!