Archives for October 2015

Product Feature: Sport Rider Scooter

The Pride Mobility Sport Rider is one of the most unique three-wheel scooters on the market. The Sport Rider is defined as a motorcycle design that offers practical performance and the stability of a mobility scooter. In addition to comfortable features like a high back, adjustable captains chair, and a full suspension system, this sporty model offers high performance capabilities. This Pride scooter is one of their sportiest full-size outdoor scooters and it has a great look and design with all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a Pride scooter.

Why People Love It

  • The suspension and tires handle great on uneven terrain
  • Can go up to 9.4 mph most only go up to 4 or 5 mph
  • Made for outdoor usage
  • Ground Clearance 5” must scooter and chairs are only 1.5 or 2.5
  • 2 rear view mirrors for safety and easier maneuvering.
  • Offer’s an optional windshield and large rear storage pod that mounts behind the seat

Specifics about the Sport Rider

Weight Capacity 400 lb
Overall Length 65″
Seat Depth 19.8″
Seat Width 20″
Per-Charge Range, Maximum 31.25 mi
Maximum Speed 9.4 mph
Turning Radius 62.2″
Weight, without batteries 253.5 lb
Weight, with batteries 417.7 lb
Heaviest Piece Weight 203.5 lb
Disassembly Does not disassemble
Front Wheel Diameter 14″
Rear Wheel Diameter 14″
Ground Clearance 5″
Tire Type Pneumatic
Drivetrain Type Direct drive the rear wheels
Motor Type 24V, 1300W, 4300 RPM
Brake Type Electro-magnetic with drum brake system
Battery Type (2) 12-volt, deep cycle, (2) 75 AH (standard) or (2) 100AH
Battery Weight 106 lb
Battery Charger 8-amp, off-board
Goes In Reverse Yes
Freewheel Mode Yes
Tiller Style Handle Bar

How to get the Rider

Since the Sport Rider is too large for use inside a home or assisted living facility, (due to its large 62.2″ turning radius) it is a patient pay item. Insurance companies such as Medicare will not pay for a power device that is made for outdoor use.

However, Aeroflow Healthcare has created convenient new online shop, Aeroflow Direct, for patients to purchase power devices at the lowest allowable prices. Each item on Aeroflow Direct that is over $50 will allow you to receive free shipping and you can also pay a small fee for a specially trained Aeroflow driver to come to your home to put the device together for you. You will also receive the same top-quality customer service and 24-hour assistance that Aeroflow Healthcare is known for.

If you have questions about the Sport Rider 3-wheel scooter from Pride Mobility, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call today at 1-866-298-6482; we’re here to help!

Power Scooter Accessories

Scooters are a great choice for indoor use because of their lightweight, compact frames and their ability to maneuver in tight spaces. This is especially true with 3-wheel travel scooters. Travel scooters typically disassemble into 3 or 4 easy-to-manage pieces, allowing them to be easily transported in the trunk of most vehicles. Scooters are the ideal choice for the on-the-go lifestyle.

Since scooters are so easy to use in the home and on the go, they are one of the favorite power devices on the market at this time. People like the feature of the tiller steering system and really enjoy the fact that they can add accessories to customize their device. There are many accessories that can be added to your device to meet your needs.

Whether you need a universal cup holder or a rear basket, Aeroflow Healthcare can supply these items. It is easy to get the accessories you need through Aeroflow’s  online store, Aeroflow Direct. These accessories will be delivered right to your door and all orders over $49.00 qualify for free shipping.

It so important to know that you can add what you need to your power device to make it your own and many times insurance will pay for the accessories that are medically needed such as a cane holder or an oxygen tank holder. If you need a cane holder to safely transfer to and from your power wheelchair or you are on oxygen, talk to your healthcare provider about including this information in your mobility assessment.

 Not sure if you qualify through insurance for a scooter?

Once your physician determines a medical necessity for your power scooter, you can simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let our Patient Care Representatives take care of the rest.

If you have questions regarding your mobility or qualifying through insurance, feel free to give Aeroflow Healthcare a call today at 844-686-5539; we’re here to help.

No insurance? No problem. 

If you do not qualify through your insurance for a power scooter or simply don’t want to go through insurance that does not mean you can’t get the assisted device to meet your mobility wants or needs.

Aeroflow Healthcare sells both Pride and Drive power scooters at the lowest allowable price. Be sure to check out our online store to look at all the scooters offered as well as all the accessories to make scooter a customize fit to your lifestyle.

Power Wheelchair Troubleshooting

You’ve gone through the process of getting your new power wheelchair and have been using it for months (hopefully!). The chair is working great and suddenly, out of nowhere, you start having issues. Similar to a car, it’s not always necessary to have your chair looked at by a technician. Here are some easy tips that will hopefully get you moving again in no time:

Joystick Flashing

You go to turn on your power wheelchair and the joystick is flashing. You attempt to move your chair but it’s not going anywhere. This will happen anytime your device has an issue and it still has the power to light up the joystick. So why is the joystick flashing?

The joystick will flash to communicate to you what’s wrong with your chair. Whether it’s a simple battery issue or motor connection, there are different flash sequences that correspond with a certain issue. While different chairs have different codes, they are all similar. You should be able to find a section in your owner’s manual that details each flash sequence and what it means. So, if there is something simple wrong, like your joystick is locked, you can find that out by matching up the number of flashes with the correct issue and use your manual to unlock your joystick.

Common Issues

Some of the most common issues power wheelchair users experience are joystick lock ups, locked wheels, and battery charging. When the joystick locks, you can use your owner’s manual to unlock it; however, most models unlock by honking the horn and turning off the chair in different combinations.

If your chair won’t move because the wheels are locked, the chair should communicate this through a joystick flash code. If you’re not sure and your mobility aid isn’t moving, try adjusting the levers below the seat that act as a parking brake. They should be in the same position but different models require different positions for drive and park.

If your batteries are the issue, you should be able to diagnosis this through your joystick flash code. Once you’re sure it’s the batteries, it’s easy to purchase new batteries from a battery store like Batteries Plus, or to contact your power wheelchair supplier so they can attempt to get the battery replacement covered by your insurance company.

Takeaway

When your power wheelchair isn’t working correctly, it’s a scary feeling. To try and get your chair moving without involving a repair technician, your first step is to consult your owner’s manual to try and diagnose the issue. Is it something simple you can fix?  Great. If not, contact your power chair supplier and they should be able to repair your chair and may be able to get the repairs covered by your insurance.

Here‘s a link to the Aeroflow Healthcare Mobility website in the case that you have one of our power wheelchairs and need service. You can also contact one of our specially trained Mobility Representatives at 844-686-5539. We are happy to help you fix any issue you are having with your mobility device.

 

Product Feature: Go-Chair from Pride Mobility

The Pride Go-Chair Travel is a compact and portable power wheelchair designed by the well-known manufacturer Pride Mobility. Aeroflow Healthcare has partnered with Pride for many years because of their chair quality and the Go-Chair is no exception.

This mobility device is easy to disassemble and reassemble, and is very lightweight, which means you can easily pack it up and hit the road without needing a car lift. The Go-Chair breaks down into four easy-to-manage pieces that can fit in the trunk of most any car, making it ideal for the user who is always on the go.

The weight of the power chair in its entirety is 57 pounds, so when broken down individual pieces means the device is quite light to pick up and store. The Go-Chair can go up to a speed of 3.5 mph, which is enough power to get you where you want to go. This chair allows you to travel up to 10 miles on a single charge, which is enough for most casual activities of daily activities.

Due to its lightweight design, this power wheelchair is only able to support up to 250 pounds for its operator. The Go-Chair is 21 inches wide and can fit through most doorways, an attribute further complemented with its 22.5-inch turn radius for tight corners.

The Pride Go-Chair Travel is a great wheelchair option simply for its focus on portability. You can view all of the specifications of this device here.

Why People Like the Go-Chair

  • Easy to remove battery pack
  • Compact, lightweight frame
  • Twin motors for traction and precision handling
  • Conveniently disassembles into four manageable pieces
  • Fits in most vehicle trunks

How do get the Go-Chair  

As you can see, the Go-Chair is a great option for individuals who need a lightweight power chair to bring with them where they need to go. You may think that the process to get the Go-Chair delivered right to your home is difficult or time consuming, but Aeroflow Healthcare can help make the process easy.

While this particular chair is not available through insurance, our Patient Care Representatives can walk you through the patient-pay process and answer any questions you may have about your new device. Aeroflow Healthcare now has an updated online shop that is incredibly user friendly, making picking out your power chair extremely simple.

We are also excited to announce our new financing option that is available to patients who are paying for their mobility device out of pocket. Call us today at 844-686-5539 and ask one of our specially trained representatives about this exciting new option!

Don’t let your issues with mobility slow you down. Let Aeroflow Healthcare help you get the Go-Chair today!

Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common discomforts that many individuals will experience. Whether it’s your lower back, upper back, or the whole thing, back pain is something that you don’t want to live with. One way to prevent back pain and help treat it is to understand common causes of back pain.

Weekend Warriors

We all love the weekends. It’s our opportunity to relieve stress from work or get much-needed work done around the house. Whether it’s a pickup game of basketball or a to-do list, as we get older these activities can cause major harm on our backs.  One way to prevent harm to your back is to stretch before any strenuous exercises. And yes, that means stretching before yard work. Do some basic stretches to loosen up your core and watch as they work wonders to prevent injury.

Another helpful tip is to get a back brace. Aeroflow Healthcare offers top-brand back braces that can help provide needed postural stability when tackling your weekend adventures. Check out some of the braces that Aeroflow offers.

Poor exercise technique

So you’re back in the gym and lifting weights or running. You haven’t lifted in years but you want to get rid of those extra pounds to get in shape. One problem, your form stinks. Before you get offended, don’t. This is extremely common. The best solution is to talk to someone who works at your gym and see if they offer a quick tutorial with a trainer. These can be great because the trainer will ask your goals and tailor an exercise regimen just for you. Some gyms charge for this while others will provide this for information for free. Not only will the trainer show you what to do, they will also show how to it so that you don’t hurt yourself!

Everyday tasks

It’s just taking out the garbage, what’s the worst that could happen? The worst thing that could happen is you can injure your back and have nagging back pain. This is one of the most common causes of back pain. Not paying attention when doing everyday tasks and ending up with an injury. To prevent this, focus on what you’re doing and lift heavy objects (anything of 25lbs) with your legs and with a partner if possible. You can also wear a back brace while doing your everyday chores to provide the necessary postural stability to prevent injury.

Work

Whether you’re driving to work or sitting at work you probably do a good deal of sitting. And if you’re like me you don’t always, or hardly ever, keep your back in an upright position. This can cause back pain due to exposing your back’s discs to unnecessary stress. One thing you can do is make a conscious effort to keep better posture. If you’re like most of us who find this difficult to do, then try a back brace. The back braces we provide are designed to give you the necessary support when seated and will keep you seated in the correct position.

Takeaway

Surprisingly, simple everyday tasks can do major harm to our backs. However, there are simple measures we can take to help prevent these and one of those is getting a back brace for increased postural stability.

Aeroflow Healthcare offers many back brace options so you can find the perfect brace to fit your specific needs, and your back brace could be available to you at little-to-no cost through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let our Patient Care Representatives take care of the rest. Our specially trained staff will work with your insurance provider and healthcare physician to verify your insurance and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your coverage and brace options.

If you have questions about which back brace will work best to combat your back pain, give us a call at 888-627-2159; we’re here to help!

Power Wheelchair Delivery Process

Whether you’re in the process of getting a new chair or just researching your options, it’s important to know how and when your chair will be delivered. What’s the timeline? Who will be delivering you chair? How will the delivery happen? Does it come assembled and ready to operate? These are all common questions that are important to know the answer to when getting a new power wheelchair.

Timeline

From the time your chair is ordered through Aeroflow Healthcare, it should take approximately 1-2 weeks for you to get your chair (if you live on the west coast this could be longer so be sure to ask your Mobility Representative). After the order is placed, your representative will be notified of its shipping status. Finally, a technician will receive your chair, assemble everything and deliver the chair to you.

Who will be delivering your chair?

If you’re local to Aeroflow, see our office locations here. One of our technicians will assemble and deliver your chair to you. If you aren’t within 1.5 hours of one of our locations, we will use a sub- contractor who will essentially do the same thing except the chair will be delivered to their location instead of one of Aeroflow’s.

How will the delivery happen?

Once the technician has your power chair assembled, he or she will contact you to schedule a time they can deliver your chair. Upon delivery, the technician will show you how to operate the chair, will make sure it fits inside your home, will adjust the chair to custom fit you, and will measure your doorways. Once you’ve signed paperwork documenting you received the chair, you’ll be ready to go.

What happens after delivery?

Once your new power wheelchair has been delivered, the most important thing to do is read the entire owner’s manual. There are important maintenance and operating instructions that will be essential to getting the most out of your chair. The delivery technician will explain most features to you but it’s important to make sure you understand how to charge the chair appropriately to maximize the battery life.  If you have any questions about your chair make sure to contact your Mobility Representative at 844-686-5539. We are here to help!

Takeaway

When getting a new power chair it’s important to know how and when your chair will be delivered after it’s ordered. When you work with Aeroflow Healthcare, we make sure to communicate with you throughout the delivery process to update you when we have new tracking information. Our well trained delivery technicians fully assemble your chair and will make sure it works in your home before leaving it with you.

Aeroflow can also help you qualify for your mobility device at little-to-no cost through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let our specially-trained Mobility Representatives take care of the rest. We will work with your insurance company to verify your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your power wheelchair options.

Let Aeroflow Healthcare help you take back your mobility today!

Product Feature: Victory 10 Scooter

The Victory 10 scooter from Pride Mobility offers added style, comfort and performance for your active lifestyle. Standard features include LED lighting package, backlit battery gauge, feather touch disassembly, wraparound delta tiller, 10” solid tires and a front basket. A 400 lb. weight capacity, a per charge range of up to 15.5 miles and a maximum speed up to 5.25 mph compliment the versatility of the Victory 10. This stylish scooter is available in popular colors including Viper Blue and Candy Apple Red.

The Victory 10 scooter also encompasses many additional features such as:

  • Exclusive one-hand feather touch disassembly provides the ultimate quick transport system
  • Delta tiller with wraparound handles
  • Backlit battery gauge
  • Exclusive stylish, lightweight, non-scuffing, black, low-profile tires
  • Long-lasting, high-intensity LED headlight offers optimal pathway illumination
  • Lightweight pinchless hinge seat eight position rotation, sliders and viscoelastic foam inserts for increased comfort
  • Easy-grip tiller adjustment knob
  • Easy access tiller-mounted charger port
  • Auto-connecting front-to-rear harness

The Victory 10 is also available in 3 and 4-wheel models. Below are specs on both of these popular scooters:

Model Victory 10, 3 wheel Victory 10, 4 wheel
Model Number SC610 SC710
Front Tires 3.5″ x 10″ Solid 3.5″ x 10″ Solid
Rear Tires 3.5″ x 10″ Solid 3.5″ x 10″ Solid
Maximum Speed* Up to 5.25 MPH Up to 5.25 MPH
Ground Clearance 3″ at midframe 3″ at midframe
Turning Radius** 42″ 54″
Overall Length** 45.25″ 47″
Overall Width of Base** 22.25″ 22.25″
Seat-to-Ground Height Range 20.5″-22″ 20.5″-22″
Seat Type Foldable, Molded Plastic (18″x17″) Foldable, Molded Plastic (18″x17″)
Weight** 131.5 lbs 132.5 lbs
Seat-to-Deck Height Range 17.5″-19″ 17.5″-19″
Battery Weight 24.5 lbs. each/32.5 lbs each 24.5 lbs. each/32.5 lbs each
Battery Requirements (2)U1 or (2)40AH (2)U1 or (2)40AH
Maximum Range Per Charge* Up to 15.5 miles Up to 15.5 miles
Battery Charger Off-board, 3A Off-board, 3A
Maximum Weight Capacity 400 lbs. 400 lbs.
Standard Body Colors Candy Apple Red, Viper Blue Candy Apple Red, Viper Blue
Weight of Heaviest Piece** 54.5 lbs (Front Section) 61 lbs (Front Section)
Medicare Code Coverage K0801 – Group 1 Heavy Duty K0801 – Group 1 Heavy Duty
Warranty 3-year limited on frame;
1-year pro-rata on drivetrain;
1-year limited on electronics
3-year limited on frame;
1-year pro-rata on drivetrain;
1-year limited on electronics

The Victory 10 scooter is a great option for anyone suffering from mobility issues that are preventing them from getting around the house or running errands. This mobility aid is ideal for those who want a stylish, lightweight, and quality device for everyday use.

If you have trouble moving around within your home and are in need of an assistive mobility device, Aeroflow Healthcare can help you get relief at little-to-no cost through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let our Patient Care Representatives take care of the rest. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.

If you have questions about the Victory 10 scooter or are curious about other mobility options, give our Mobility Department a call today at 844-686-5539. Our specially-trained representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Let Aeroflow Healthcare help you take control of your mobility today!

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Product Feature: Jazzy Sport Portable

The Jazzy Sport Portable power chair by Pride Mobility delivers a reliable blend of power, performance and portability.  Who doesn’t want a chair that can break down? Who doesn’t want a chair that can be taken with you on family outings? Who wants a power chair that can fit in the car easily without a ramp or lift? If you want to take your power wheelchair with you where you go this is the chair for you.

The Sport offers front-wheel drive technology that gives it excellent stability and maneuverability while still having a simple disassemble process. This chair stands out to many patients because it is much lighter than some of the other mobility products on the market. The base is able to come apart into to pieces and the batteries come out which makes the weight of the base much easier to transport.

Pride Mobility has been in business for 20 plus years and Aeroflow Healthcare proudly distributes many of their Jazzy chair line. We continue to value the relationship we have with Pride Mobility and keep getting wonderful feedback on their power devices. Since both Pride and Drive have such a great selection of mobility aids, it is important to know the different features of each chair so you pick the one that best meets your medical needs.

Product Feature: Jazzy Sport Portable

Main Key Features of the Sport Portable:

  • Easy disassembly for convenient transport
  • In-line, front-wheel drive technology
  • 40 amp, PG GC 3 controller
  • Simple main frame design for easy serviceability

Important Specifications

Weight Capacity 300 lbs.
Turning Radius 25.5″
Maximum Speed* Up to 4 mph
Ground Clearance 1.5″
Front Wheels 3″ solid anti-tips
Drive Wheels 9″ solid
Rear Wheels 6″ solid casters
Drivetrain Two-motor, in-line, front-wheel drive
Base Weight Front: 47.6 lbs.
Rear: 21 lbs.
Standard Seat Weight 43 lbs

 What users are saying about the Sport!

“ It’s easy to get around inside the home”

“ Doesn’t take too much time to take apart”

“Power and durability; also portability”

“I find everything about it great”

How do get the Sport through Insurance

As you can see, the Jazzy Sport Portable is a great option for individuals who are looking for a chair to take with them. Many worry about the cost but Aeroflow Healthcare can help you qualify for this device at little-to-no cost to you through insurance.

To find out if you qualify, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form. Once submitted, one of our Patient Care Representatives will work to verify your insurance and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your coverage and mobility aid options. You can also give us a call at 844-686-5539; one of our representatives will be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Take control of your mobility today, and let Aeroflow Healthcare take care of the hard part for you!