Once upon a time, a senior with limited mobility sat in a chair and waited to be pushed to her destination. Thankfully, that time has passed. Today’s seniors can choose from a dazzling array of mobility options. From motorized scooters to power chairs, from self-propelling wheelchairs to push wheel chairs, the choices abound. How to make sense of them all?
To make the right choice, understand your loved one’s needs; match the needs with the product options; and ensure that your choice fits your budget. Buxmont has several excellent home medical equipment providers who can help.
Understanding Mom’s or Dad’s Needs
Wheelchairs and scooters have become more durable, maneuverable, and technologically advanced than ever. However, all of the “bells and whistles” mean nothing if the product does not meet Mom’s or Dad’s needs.
Work with your parents, their doctors, and their therapists to understand if Mom has the upper body strength and ability to maneuver and propel a wheelchair. Does Dad need a joystick due to limited upper body mobility? Is Dad housebound? Is Mom outdoorsy? Rely on mobility retailers to help you make an assessment.
In Buxmont, companies like Kybra Products in Huntingdon Valley, PA provide motorized chair rentals throughout the Bucks and Montgomery County Area. They offer high quality Power Mobility solutions by Golden Technologies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Power Wheelchairs.
Finding the Best Match
The next step is to match your parents’ needs to the options. Most motorized wheelchairs and scooters can be used both inside and outside, although certain models are designed primarily for indoors and others primarily for outdoors. Seventh Street Medical Supply, Inc. of Feasterville, PA 19053 is an authorized Pride Provider, selling and servicing mobility products designed and manufactured in the USA by Pride Mobility Products Corp., they are a world leader in mobility equipment.
Spinlife, the leading motorized wheelchair dealer in the U.S., offers rugged, durable scooters to navigate any terrain. It also offers online sales and nationwide repair, even for purchases made elsewhere.
If Mom or Dad has upper body strength, a non-motorized chair may be a great choice. Technological advances have made them so smooth and maneuverable that many of them feel like motorized chairs. They are lighter in weight, easy to fold up and transport, and make some seniors feel “less disabled.”
Portability is an important consideration. If your mobility device requires a van conversion you may want to contact Mobility Works of Philadelphia in Norristown, located near the Valley Forge National Park, services the entire Bucks and Montgomery County Area. They offer new and used accessible vans, adaptive driving aids, scooter lifts for a minivan, SUV or truck, wheelchair van for rent, repair services and more.
If one cannot afford a converted van or vehicle, perhaps you should make another choice. Wesley Pharmacy & Medical Equipment of Glenside offers a large variety of scoters as well as other mobility devises to choose from to meet your loved ones needs. “Push wheelchairs” that require someone to push your loved one, obviously offer the least independence but it still opens up a world of mobility for seniors with extremely limited or no movement in the upper body.
Seventh Street Medical Supply, Inc. of Feasterville, PA 19053 is an authorized Pride Provider, selling and servicing mobility products designed and manufactured in the USA by Pride Mobility Products Corp., they are a world leader in mobility equipment. Other retailers include Wal-Mart and Sears.
Affording a Wheelchair or Scooter
Mobility aids are usually covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, or private insurance with a durable medical equipment benefit. However, Medicare is very specific about what types of devices that may be covered for rental or purchase. There must be a documented medical need and the device must be usable inside the house.
Many retailers provide insurance experts to help you minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Check for hefty coupons on retailer websites, too!
By understanding your parents’ needs, matching them with the right products; and ensuring affordability, you can keep your parents active and independent in Buxmont!