HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.8 - Medical Equipment and SuppliesInstallations and Removals

8.10. Installations and Removals

a. Installation of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) (e.g., grab bars, porch lifts, stair glides, etc.) is paid through centralized funds and should not exceed the usual and customary local costs. Installation costs need to be notated as "not exceeding usual and customary costs" on the final invoice.

b. If a situation should arise where a patient moves to a new home location, VA is not responsible for moving any issued equipment to the new location. The equipment is considered part of the veteran's household goods and is to be moved accordingly.

c. If DME-installed equipment, which involves alteration of the house or its physical appearance, is removed from the veteran's residence, VA assumes no responsibility for returning the affected area to its original condition; this includes cosmetic adjustments.


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