Bed Pan: FSA Eligibility
Under IRC 213(d)(1), "medical care includes amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body." This includes medical equipment, supplies and devices.
What are bed pans used for?
For individuals who have limited mobility due to old age or a major medical condition, everyday activities will take on a larger degree of difficulty, even with assistance from a family member or home health aide. This is particularly evident during bathroom trips, as the practice of constantly getting out of bed, walking to the lavatory, using the facilities and returning to bed is a major undertaking that can cause significant pain or excessive strain for bedridden individuals. As such, bed pans were developed as a means of giving men and women who are confined to bed due to illness or disability the chance to comfortably and hygienically relieve themselves (Drugs.com).
What are the primary bed pan types?
When choosing a bed pan for a loved one, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First, if the aim is easier cleanup, disposable bed pans and bed pan liners may be the better options. These bed pan variants and supplies may cost more over time, but for some individuals, avoiding the hassle of cleanup is the better option. Additionally, the overall design of the bed pan is a major parameter to work around for the user's comfort. For instance, if a patient has experienced a hip fracture and is unable to lift their legs without significant pain, seek out more ergonomic designs that can easily slide into place (azcentral).
Once the right bed pan has been purchased, to ensure that this item is used hygienically and effectively, other supplies will be needed to make going to the bathroom quick and easy for the patient. In addition to the pan, each bathroom trip will require absorbent padding for the underlying bed and sheets, a larger wash basin for warm water and soap, disposable gloves, toilet tissue and anti-bacterial soap. Last but not least, an additional supply of cleaning supplies is vital to keep bed pans clean and free from potentially harmful bacteria. These products should be used regularly, even if the patient is utilizing disposable bed pan liners to prevent potential infections and other complications from contamination.