Can my grandmother get a safety bath tub from Medicaid?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 23, 2008
Laymon asked...

Can my grandmother recieve a safety bath tub from Medicaid? She can't get in and out of her tub.

Expert Answers

Your grandmother can get special bathing equipment paid for by Medicaid if Medicaid provides her with home health care services. That means she has to meet her state's Medicaid requirements for nursing facility or home care. These requirements usually include the inability to perform, without assistance, a certain number of the activities of daily living (ADLs). One ADL is bathing. Others are eating, dressing, walking, using the toilet, continence, and transferring in and out of bed and chair. If she qualifies for home health care services, a home care agency will do an assessment of her needs, including the equipment or appliances she needs to bathe safely. This might be a safety tub, or it could be other equipment that she can use to bathe herself, or that can be used by a home care aide to help her bathe.