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Hi Im new here and just was put on oxygen therapy also in process of changing Dr. for many reasons My question is Would it be a better decision to rent a portable oxygen or buy my own? I do have an idea of cost but i do not know if extra things would be needed. I cant even carry the portable tank that was given to me by the medical supply store to use ... its big and heavy ..thanks to all that can advise me Jada

  1. Hi, Jadetho74, I have been very happy renting equipment for almost five years. Haven't really stopped to analyze cost differentials, but I like having someone to call if I need help with it. Also, my Medicare advantage policy pays for almost all of it, so that is helpful. Initially I had the big concentrator with a tank filler on top. Huge, loud, and unwieldy. I also had big portable tanks which I refilled. They were heavy and awkward. After reading about the small portable concentrator, I called around until I found a local company to rent one from. Now, my life is much easier. When I go out, I use a small, 5lb. mini-concentrator which goes over my shoulder. It only lasts about 3 hours on low, but it came with an extra battery, and they easily snap in and out. You can also charge it at home and in the car, while you're using it. At home I use a small, molded plastic concentrator the size of a suitcase, which rolls around and has a handle on top. I don't think I would change the arrangement. At this point it's second nature, which takes some practice, but fewer bumps in the road is the goal. Hope you figure it out, if you haven't already. I'm available to ask questions, if you need to.

    1. Hi Thank you for answering I have not done anything yet still seeing drs and deciding but i will keep in touch ,, Renting sounds like the way to go to start


    2. Hi again jadetho, and thanks for letting us know. There is no rush! Keep seeing the physicians, garnering the information, and then decide how to proceed once you know more.
      We will all be here to assist in any way that we can.
      Wishing you well,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

  2. Thanks for your question! It looks like Leon was able to give you some good advice - all which I agree with. I would lean toward renting for a while, as you really have nothing to lose. You could decide in the future to buy if you decide to go that route. In the meantime, be insistent on what you need. The company that provides the portable oxygen has a lot of choices. Sometimes, in order to get exactly what you want/need, your doctor has to get involved by writing a letter and stating why you need something besides the large tanks they initially provide.


    Let us know how you make out and what you decide to do. It's always helpful for others in the community to hear.


    Be Well,
    Lyn (site moderator)

    1. Thanks so much Leon .. As i said I new at this and I see there are many things to consider before deciding on things Its good to know i have you all in my corner.. Ill be around reading all ....


      1. It's our pleasure jadetho74 - we're happy to be of assistance. You can certainly count on us here to be available for whatever you may need that we can help you with.
        We'll look forward to talking with you more.
        Warmly,
        Leon (site moderator COPD.net)


    2. Hi Jadetho74 and welcome! We're so glad you found our online community. This is a good question - thanks for posting it!
      This is a good topic for you to begin discussing with your (new) physician. Circumstances can vary considerably from patient to patient and the doctor (and you), will know your condition and other aspects of oxygen therapy best.
      In general, this may depend on whether you need oxygen throughout the day and night or, just for certain parts of the day. It can also depend on insurance. For some, insurance may pick up the expense.
      Then, as you pointed out, the type of oxygen source / delivery method will need to be determined. This can vary from large stationary cylinders, to lightweight portable cylinders, to oxygen concentrators and everything in between.
      I do hope this brief reply will provide you with sufficient information to get you started.
      If we can assist you in any way, please let me or any other moderator /team member know.
      Please know, you are always welcome here!
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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