How to access a Made for Movement device where you live – a short guide
You have decided you want one of Made for Movement’s assistive devices to improve the quality of life. The decision has been made – now what?
There is one last hurdle left to clear: how to get hold of the product. You may have read or heard that you are eligible for reimbursement, but this merely sparks more questions: Who should I be contacting? Which resources are available? Does my country have a system in place for reimbursement?
At Made for Movement, we research, design and develop innovative, assistive devices for people with severe physical disabilities.
Our mission is to provide the opportunity to mobilize individuals into standing, moving and walking, and it’s therefore important to us that as many people with motor disabilities as possible can access our solutions.
We know that health care and reimbursement systems differ vastly between countries and that the level of financial support varies. We work hard to keep our prices as affordable as we can, however despite this, we know they may still be out of reach for many families.
Yet, there are other financial sources if reimbursement is out of the question:
Health insurance companies
There are several criteria to keep in mind when you look for health insurance, including financial strength, customer service ratings, claims service, plan prices, policy offerings, coverage benefits, and provider choices. There is no such thing as the “best” health insurance company, but the best one for you depends on the type of health insurance you need, your budget, and what is available in your area.
Charities grant funding, and families may apply to charities to ask for a grant. Every charity has different criteria as to what and who they will fund, and it often depends on where people live. Not many charities would provide a grant to cover the full cost of a Made for Movement device, but they may provide a part of it, along with other charity grants and crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way of fundraising, using social networks and the internet where individuals can easily donate money. There are several fundraising platforms allowing individuals and charities to set up their own fundraising campaigns. Some of the most popular ones are GoFundMe, JustGiving, Crowdfunder and Virgin Money Giving.
Is the product available in my country?
Another aspect is the availability in your country. Our devices are customized to meet complex, individual needs, and need frequent follow-up and adjustment. For that reason, we need representation in each country to ensure you get the follow-up you need.
You can check if we have a sales team in your country here.
Where do I start?
Finding your way in a myriad of choices can be very confusing. Made for Movement and our representatives, based in more than 20 countries, offer guidance at all stages of your application process – from finding your local authority to receive the product. So here are a few pointers to get you started with the application process.
Before putting pen to paper, take a moment to assess the lay of the land where you are. This will help to make the application process seem a lot less daunting and prevent you from falling into bureaucratic dead ends further down the line.
As mentioned, Made for Movement has representation in multiple countries. There is a good chance you will be able to get advice from a consultant local to you. Our consultants are well trained to deal with any concerns you may have at any stage of the application process.
We advise that you involve a professional early on to help you with the process. This could be a physician, doctor, occupational therapist or physical therapist. They will be able to assess your child’s specific needs and shed further light on which of our devices are most suitable. Most likely, you will have already worked this out for yourself, but support and knowledge from a professional are always helpful and sometimes required.
If you have spoken to a professional but still have questions, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. This is an important decision – both financially and for your child – so there is no harm in taking some time to make the correct call.
The other advantage of consulting with a specialist is that they may have previous experience of helping parents apply for the equipment, in which case they should be able to help you with your application, too.
When it comes to accessing the application form, again, it varies from country to country. But there are a few common ways this can be achieved:
- Through a therapist or health professional
- By visiting your local governmental office
- Online: Depending on where you are based, it should be possible to access and complete the form online
Examples of application processes
We have collected information from three of the countries we provide assistive devices and support. Please use the links below to access detailed descriptions of the respective application processes for these countries.
Hvordan søke om våre produkter i Norge
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Telefon: 35 50 51 20
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Telefon: 033-21 08 80
The author worked as Head of Marketing for Made for Movement for 7 years before she pursued other adventures in her own company. Trine Roald has over 20 years of international experience within a variety of industries. As Head of Marketing for Made for Movement she was passionate about communicating stories and know-how featuring possibilities for improving the quality of life among people with severe disabilities.
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