Power Wheelchairs & Scooters
A power wheelchair is one of the most expensive and service-intensive products available to the physically challenged individual. The use of high-tech electronics in today's power wheelchairs results in the need for the user to observe certain precautions to operate them in a safe, reliable manner. Scooters, although not as expensive or as technically advanced, have some similarity with regard to certain safety precautions.
Always operate your power wheelchair or scooter well within its reasonable capabilities as well as within your own. Do not attempt to negotiate steep inclines, either up or down. Avoid operating your chair or scooter laterally across inclines; approach even moderate inclines directly, straight up or straight down.
Operate your wheelchair or scooter only on hard, relatively smooth surfaces. Avoid rough terrain and soft surfaces such as gravel, sand, and thick grass. As you move about in your power wheelchair or scooter, observe the surface ahead of you to avoid getting stuck or running over bumps, holes, etc. that might turn you over, cause you to be thrown out, or severely damage your wheelchair or scooter.
Medicare Information and Qualifications:
The final option in mobility is a power wheelchair, used by a person who is unable to walk due to certain neurological, muscular, or cardiopulmonary diseases or conditions. If a power chair is to be considered, you have to have functional ability to consistently access a drive control and cognition, judgment and visual ability to safely operate power wheelchair to participate in MRADLs within home. There are a number of different power wheelchair categories, based on your needs, your height and weight and certain accessories you may need.
An order (prescription) must be on file with the supplier. It must be signed and dated by the treating doctor. Also, supporting documentation for the medical need of this item must be on file. Power Wheelchairs are typically purchased item (Customized Equipment ), though they can be capped rental.
The items listed below are often sold, prescribed or needed in addition to the equipment above.
- Wheelchair cushion
- Wheelchair tray
- Oxygen tank carrier
- Wheelchair ramps
- Wheelchair or scooter lift
Disclaimer: This is a sampling of information. Please refer to the CMS website
(www.cms.gov) and consult your own experts for additional information.