About Durable Medical Equipment: Bed Canes

This information explains what a bed cane is, how to use it, and where to buy it.

Figure 1. Bed cane

A bed cane is a device that can help you move in and out of bed easily (see Figure 1). Bed canes are helpful for people who may need extra support to stand up when getting out of bed or sit down when getting into bed.

How to Use

To use a bed cane, place the bed cane platform in between your mattress pad and box spring (see Figure 2). You can place the bed cane on the right or left side of your bed. Once in place, you can support your weight on it as you safely stand up, sit down, or lie down in bed.

Figure 2. Bed cane placed between mattress and box spring

Where to Buy

You can buy a bed cane at the following places:

  • Medical supply stores
  • Supercenters (such as Wal-Mart)
  • Home improvement supply stores (such as Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Online retailers (such as Amazon)

Bed canes aren’t usually covered by insurance plans. However, it’s best to check with your insurance provider to find out what your specific plan covers.

If your insurance provider covers bed canes, ask your doctor for a prescription. You can submit the prescription to your insurance provider after you purchase the bed cane.

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