Where Can I Shop for Home Medical Supplies?

Home Medical Suppliers for Local and Internet Shopping

Some chronic diseases and conditions can be managed with a prescription medication alone. Others, however, may require you to buy medical supplies from retail stores for our everyday use at home. For example:

  • You may be returning to a situation in which you need a walker, wheelchair, or scooter for greater independence.
  • You may need an ongoing supply of bandages, incontinence products, or latex gloves.
  • You may want pill cases to manage and monitor your medications.

Certain products should be fitted or examined in person, at the store. Other items are easy to buy online and have them shipped to your door because they are a supply that offers little or no options, sizes, or other customizations.

Ask for Local Options Near You

You can ask at your doctor's office or when being discharged from an inpatient stay at a hospital or care center where you can buy supplies locally. There may be an independent medical supply store near the medical center or clinic.

Check With Your Insurer

Before buying any medical supplies, it is important to check with your insurer to determine which items are and are not covered. You may find that most of what you need can be paid for through medical insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.

Check for Coupons and Deals

It's also a great idea to check your supplier's website for coupons and special deals. In some cases, you can stock up on necessary supplies during a big sale and save quite a bit. As some of these items can be very expensive (especially over time), you want to be sure you're only spending money when necessary.

The following retail medical suppliers have a well-known reputation across the nation and also offer an online shopping experience. It is useful to have both.

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Walgreens
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Walgreens has over 8300 locations. They have a store in each state in the United States, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Some of the services they offer include a drive-through pharmacy window, health and wellness clinics in about 700 of their stores and flu clinics.

Home Medical Supplies

Here are the categories of home medical supplies from the Walgreens online store.

  • Air Care
  • Bathroom Safety
  • Bedding and Accessories
  • Canes and Crutches
  • Daily Living Aids
  • Home Tests & Monitoring
  • Incontinence
  • Lift Chairs
  • Mastectomy
  • Medical Nutrition
  • Medical Scrubs and Clothing
  • Mobility Equipment Accessories
  • Pain Relief and Management
  • Scooters
  • Supports and Braces
  • Walkers and Rollators
  • Wheelchairs and Transport Chairs

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CVS Pharmacy
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CVS operates more than 7,300 retail stores, 30 onsite pharmacies, 31 specialty pharmacy stores, 13 specialty mail order pharmacies, four mail order pharmacies, and two websites as a result of their merger with Caremark/Rx: CVS.com and Caremark.com.

CVS also has a MinuteClinic division that runs approximately 657 retail health care clinics.

Interesting Facts

  • CVS is the largest provider of prescriptions, with more than 1 billion prescriptions filled or managed annually.
  • The company employs more pharmacists and nurse practitioners than anyone else.
  • They are everywhere as 75 percent of the U.S. population lives within 3 miles of a CVS/pharmacy.
  • CVS is typically the retail pharmacy you will find located in medical centers.
  • They have tallied more than 11 million MinuteClinic patient visits.
  • The CVS ExtraCare Card is the number one retail loyalty program with more than 69 million active ExtraCare customers.

Home Medical Supplies

CVS has many of the same categories of home medical supplies as listed under Walgreens, including rollators and walkers, aids to daily living, support hosiery, incontinence protection, bathroom safety, diabetes care, and wound care supplies for the home.

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Rite Aid
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With over 4,700 stores across 31 states and Washington, D.C., Rite Aid is another leading drugstore chain that has expanded its category of offerings into home medical supplies and convenience items.

Like its competitors, Rite Aid hosts free online resources that can help you manage your disease or condition. There are tools for heart health, skin care, eye health, allergies, diabetes, and weight control, to name a few.

Rite Aid also has its own membership savings and rewards card program, as well as the option to print coupons from the website and then bring them into the store for additional savings.

Some categories of home health supplies that Rite Aid sells online and in their stores include:

  • Bath safety products
  • Home blood pressure monitors
  • Heating pads, water bottles, and thermometers
  • Mobility aids
  • Pill cases and pill splitters

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