Archives for July 2015

What to do With Your Used Mobility Device

Most insurance plans allow for replacement of power wheelchairs or scooters every five years. For those with insurance, this is a great opportunity to upgrade to a more advanced scooter or wheelchair or to find a device that better suits your specific needs. For those who do not qualify for their mobility device through insurance, this is also an opportunity to get a power wheelchair or scooter at a price they can afford.

There are many options when deciding what to do with your used power wheelchair or scooter. Choosing to donate your used mobility equipment can open doors to those who otherwise may not be able to afford the devices they need. Many church organizations and groups gladly accept the donation of used mobility equipment. These organizations are able to bypass insurance regulations and directly reach out to those in the community that are in need of mobility devices.

Another option when considering what to do with your old wheelchair or scooter is to donate to thrift stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. While your donation will be for sale, the proceeds will help to benefit your local community through jobs, trainings, services, and more.

If your used mobility equipment was previously purchased through Aeroflow Healthcare, Aeroflow does offer our customers the option of having one of our team members come out to pick the device up. Because different DME providers offer various brands and models of mobility equipment, Aeroflow is only able to pick up those devices that we specifically distributed. With these old devices we are able to repurpose and recycle the functioning and non-functioning parts into other mobility devices that may be in need of repair.

No matter which option you choose when deciding what to do with your used mobility equipment, insurance offers you the opportunity to now receive a new mobility device. If you believe that your medical necessities have changed, you may be able to receive an upgrade from the device that you currently have. For example, if your level of mobility has changed and you previously had a scooter, you may now qualify for a power wheelchair so that your mobility can be enhanced. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine if you are eligible for a new type of mobility device.

Once you have decided what type of mobility equipment is right for you, Aeroflow Healthcare can help you acquire your new device through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will review your insurance information and contact you to discuss your coverage and options. You can also check out Aeroflow Healthcare’s selection of power wheelchairs and scooters by visiting our website.

If you have any questions about what to do with your old power wheelchair or scooter, or have questions regarding insurance, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 844-686-5539; we’re here to help!

Diapers or Pull-Ups? Which is Right For Me?

Of the many challenging health concerns that a person may deal with over the course of their life, few are as inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence.  In adjusting to life with incontinence, many patients will find that their already difficult situation can be further complicated by the sheer wealth of options that exist to mitigate the symptoms of incontinence. This is true even in the category of disposable underwear products. When choosing how to approach incontinence, patients and their caregivers must first ask “Are diapers or pull-ups right for me?”

Adult diapers

Many people equate incontinence treatment most strongly with adult disposable briefs, commonly referred to as diapers. Diapers often offer the highest degree of absorbency of all available incontinence products, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavy or severe incontinence. While diapers are not as aesthetically pleasing under clothing as pull on underwear products, they can be much more effective at preventing leakage and other issues. Briefs are adjusted on the sides using wings, a belt-like component, or most commonly, adhesive tabs. By using this adjustability, diapers can be tailored to a specific patient’s size and comfort, making them an attractive option for patients of all sizes and weights. Probably the main feature of diapers is their ability to be easily removed, applied, and changed as needed. Diapers are frequently used cases where a patient may have a caregiver, or be immobilized in some way. Diapers can be removed and changed without needing to remove pants or other clothing articles, by utilizing wings or tabs on the diaper. This added convenience can make frequent changes more accommodating for both the patient and any caregiver or assistant they may have.

Adult pull-ups

For patients who are more mobile and with light to moderate incontinence, many people opt for adult disposable pull ups, also called disposable underwear. Pull ups function much in the way that traditional undergarments do, and can be pulled on over the legs and worn just like normal clothing articles. Since pants, shoes, and other clothing must be removed to change pull ups, they are recommended for patients who do not need to change their incontinence products as frequently as patients utilizing briefs. Many patients who experience only intermittent incontinence will find that disposable pull ups are a great option for times when they cannot quickly make it to a bathroom. Most pull up products have an elastic waistband for comfort and fit, making wearing them much less of an adjustment since they function much like normal undergarments.

The main factor to consider when choosing between these two products it the degree of absorbency which is required, as well as the number of changes required. Patients who change their disposable products more frequently may find that briefs are advantageous, particularly since they can offer a higher degree of absorbency. However, if a patient is more mobile, active, and has only intermittent incontinence problems, pull on disposable underwear may provide a higher degree of discretion, dignity, and convenience.

Both diapers and pull on disposable underwear can make a measurable positive impact in a person’s life. Some insurance programs such as Medicaid will even pay for these products for patients with medically documented incontinence. Aeroflow Healthcare carries a full range of incontinence products, and can ship directly to your home in discrete packaging, saving inconvenient and potentially embarrassing trips to the store. We can also work with your insurance in many cases to provide these products at little or no cost to you. If you or someone you know is suffering from incontinence, call Aeroflow Healthcare today to speak with one of our trained sales representative about choosing the right incontinence product for your unique personal needs and lifestyle.

 

Benefits of Lightweight Wheelchairs

Choosing a manual wheelchair can be an overwhelming task with all the many options out there today. If you are in the market for a simple but reliable manual wheelchair, a lightweight wheelchair could be just what you need. Lightweight wheelchairs are easy to use, easy to store, and fairly easy to obtain.

Here are some quick facts on lightweight wheelchairs:

Not only are lightweight wheelchairs true to their name by actually having a lightweight frame, but they also provide easy transport for heavier individuals. With weight capacities up to 250 lbs, a lightweight wheelchair allows self propulsion without undue stress or pain on your extremities. The frame of the chair is built so that you will be able to propel your own weight consistently to achieve independence with your daily activities.

Another advantage of lightweight wheelchairs is the ability to store them virtually anywhere. These chairs can be easily folded and placed in the corner or even under a bed or couch. They can fit effortlessly into the trunk of a car or into the back of a van, which make them perfect for those who need to travel to and from doctor’s appointments or other outings that would require use of your wheelchair.

Lightweight wheelchairs can be purchased from durable medical equipment providers such as Aeroflow Direct. Aeroflow’s online store provides many lightweight wheelchair options. These lightweight wheelchairs are relatively inexpensive and payment plans are available.

If paying for a wheelchair out of pocket is not an option, insurance may be able to help out. In fact, lightweight wheelchairs are covered by most insurance plans with a physician’s prescription. If you are experiencing difficulty with mobility, contact your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment to address your issues and get relief with a lightweight wheelchair.

Aeroflow Healthcare can review your insurance policy to see if you may be eligible for your equipment through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will contact you to discuss your coverage and options. If you need additional information or have questions regarding lightweight wheelchairs, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 888-345-1780. We have a dedicated staff that can help you in determining if a lightweight wheelchair is the best option for you and can also give you tips on how to initiate a conversation with your physician about your mobility issues.