FAQs

Why should you support Arms Within Reach Foundation?

While most foundations traditionally serve both upper and lower limb amputees, the large majority of cases are lower limb patients. The average prosthetist sees only one or two upper limb cases per year. Because Arms Within Reach Foundation provides assistance solely for upper limb amputees, we are uniquely qualified to coordinate comprehensive, individualized care for each patient.

This holistic approach interweaves the complex and varied components of prosthetic rehabilitation for maximum patient success, including:

• comprehensive initial assessment with a qualified, upper extremity prosthetist, physician, occupational therapist, and psychologist

• allowing the rehabilitation team to set functional goals and therapeutic guidelines

• choosing and fitting the prosthesis for optimal comfort, control, function, and cosmetic restoration

• occupational therapy to achieve optimal prosthetic function in daily life

• psychosocial therapy, including followup counseling, peer-to-peer mentoring, and support groups

Doesn’t insurance cover financial costs?

Upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation can cost from $6,500 to $185,000, with most prostheses in the $30,000 to $80,000 range. An individual’s insurance plan may exclude prosthetics, or have minimal prosthetic coverage. Additionally, many patients simply cannot afford the co-pay or out-of-pocket expense associated with their individual insurance plan.

Further complicating the rehabilitation process, some insurance plans do not cover the occupational therapy vital for the patient to learn to properly operate and integrate a prosthesis into functional tasks of daily living.

Finally, patients must often travel long distances for rehabilitation, incurring out-of-town expenses for several days or weeks at a time.