REPLACING YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENTS
Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas will soon be there? How are those compression stockings holding up? Is it time to replace your compression garments? Do they still compress well and provide the necessary containment, or is it time to replace them? If you wear your compression stockings daily, the compression will last approximately four to six months. You should be able to tell when your socks need replacing as they will get easier and easier to don and doff. Is it time to replace those compression stockings, or are they still in good shape?
Good-quality compression garments are costly, yet they must be replaced regularly. Putting off purchasing new socks can be much more expensive in the long run and cause more complications with your lymphedema. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful to replace your compression garments.
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
It’s that time of year again when everyone wants to know what you want for Christmas. Even if I insist that I do not need or want anything, my family still wants to give. Is your family the same way? Why not ask for new compression stockings instead of getting unnecessary or unwanted items? I’m sure your family would want to provide you with something you could genuinely use instead of guessing at something you might like.
INSURANCE SPEND DOWN ACCOUNTS
Does your company provide an insurance spend-down account? Do you have to use it by the end of the year? Although The Compression Closet does not bill for any insurance, at this time, we are registered as medical health care. Therefore, your insurance spend-down account will work on our website. So don’t let those dollars go to waste. Why not use them to replace your compression stockings?
Instead of a Christmas Fund, why not start a stocking fund? First, figure out how much you spend on your compression each year. Then, divide that into the twelve months of the year, and each month, contribute to that fund so that you will always have good-quality compression garments. Sometimes self-care takes a little planning, but you and your health are worth it! Remember, self-care is not selfish, especially where our health is concerned.
ASK FOR HELP
Can you afford compression garments for your condition? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many hospitals and facilities have funds they can tap into for those who truly cannot afford compression garments. In addition, the Compression Closet offers an incentive plan for therapists – offering half-off or free garments depending on how many referrals they send to us.
I also have some donated products I can provide you at no charge. Unfortunately, my supply is limited, but feel free to ask. I’d much rather these garments be put to good use rather than sit in my closet collecting dust.
REGARDING MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT
Many of you know that beginning next year, compression garments for lymphedema will be eligible for coverage. However, there is still much uncertainty about the reimbursement rates and documentation necessary to pay for these garments. I understand it will take another 90-150 days for Medicare to be ready to process claims. So, if you need garments now, it’s better not to wait and risk further complications with your lymphedema.
The five major manufacturers of compression garments are working together to help us figure out what will be covered, how to get reimbursed, and how to bill. I am doing my best to stay on top of this information, and when I know more, I will pass that information on to you, so stay tuned.
YOU ARE WORTH IT
Replacing your compression garments can be costly. However, The Compression Closet does its best to keep the prices reasonable while providing you with the best compression on the market. I am here to help in any way I can – don’t be shy; reach out! You and your health are so worth it.
Do you have other ideas or suggestions on how to replace your compression garments? Share your thoughts in the comments below. You never know who will benefit from your tips and ideas.
Disclaimer – The chimney hung in this blog, Stockings, is for general information. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.