Q: Will Medicare pay for a fall risk assessment?
A: If a family member is living independently and is at risk of falling in the home, talk to their doctor about getting a fall risk assessment.
In many cases, Medicare will cover the cost of a medical, nursing or rehabilitation specialist to determine a patient’s risk of falling and make recommendations to keep the home safe. They may recommend inexpensive solutions, such as adding grab bars, shower seats and hand-held shower heads in the bathroom. If remodeling is an option, they may suggest you widen doorways or add roll-in shower stalls that are wheelchair accessible.