The need for a wheelchair is most often unplanned and prompted by an unanticipated life event. When the requirement arises the question of “how to buy a wheelchair?” immediately becomes very relevant. At first glance it seems like a simple question … and perhaps it should be. Unfortunately, this is not exactly the case. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. This is how to buy a wheelchair, simplified into 6 steps.
In any profession, you will find that people tend to use unique keywords, acronyms, and phrases with their colleagues to describe different goods, services, documents, and organizations. This makes it easier to communicate amongst themselves about things that they encounter on a daily basis. For instance, baseball fans might reference statistics like ERA and RBI to each other, which is much easier to say than “Earned Run Average” and “Runs Batted In.” Even then, it still takes a certain level of understanding of the game to know what numbers are good or bad for those statistics. As an outsider or someone new to a particular field, this can be very difficult to decipher. With something more complex and detailed like Medicare and power assist wheelchairs, you can find yourself surrounded by obscure phrases and terms that play a decisive role in what will be approved for your medical needs. Here are some of the acronyms that will help you navigate the Medicare process more easily.
If you are unfamiliar with power assist, please check out our article “What is a Power Assist Wheelchair?” Your wheelchair decision isn’t always black-and-white – one that's strictly about your personal preference. If you’re relying on insurance funding, then qualifying for a chair within your insurance’s coverage criteria is equally important. Not only does the chair need to fit you, but you also need to be the right candidate for that particular chair in order to receive funding approval. This is especially true with custom rehab equipment, such as power assist, that costs more than your standard transport chair. Power assist fills a gap between manual and power chairs, but being a high-end niche product, insurance companies need to know that it is undoubtedly the best option. Here are 2 critical questions that must be answered before insurance will consider funding a power assist wheelchair.
As you have probably gathered by now or perhaps are just starting to figure out, selecting the right medical equipment isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. With so many choices and configurations, it can certainly seem like an uphill battle to find what’s best for you.
The wheelchair has come a long way. A generation ago, the word “wheelchair” painted a picture of a boxy, shiny steel frame and sagging vinyl upholstery lining the seat. Finding a wheelchair with a perfect fit or support held little value in the past. If a child was in need of a wheelchair, their growth and developmental needs were overlooked. In most cases the child would be placed in a larger chair because he or she would “grow into it”. However let me emphasize that this was the past. Now there are almost as many wheelchair styles, colors, and options available as there are children to use them. Selecting the right one for your child can seem overwhelming at times, but knowing the important needs to consider will help you narrow down your search.
If you are a returning visitor to our blog, then you have undoubtedly read about power assist wheelchair technology. Perhaps you have used it in the past or have an interest in how it can benefit you in the years to come. Until now, there has been limited differentiation in the options available in the power assist field.