Archives for November 2015

Winter Weather and Your Power Chair

Chill is in the air. Christmas music is playing on the radio and your breath is visible. Its winter time and your main concern might be just to stay warm. Well bundle up and read on, because if you have a power chair and it’s freezing outside, there are some important things to know.

Keep your chair inside
So you know not to keep your chair in any kind of weather other than sunny and seventy-five. However, time and time and again we receive calls where individuals have electronic issues with their batteries and/or joystick. A lot of these calls come in the winter months. Coincidence? I’m afraid not. Cold weather, especially under thirty-two degrees, can cause electronic issues with your chair. Before you panic, your power chair is fine with short term exposure to cold weather; you just don’t want to store your chair outside in the winter months.

Check the weather
While strenuous outside use is never recommended for your power chair, it’s perfectly okay for light outdoor use on even, smooth surfaces. That being said, even and smooth surfaces can be dangerous in the winter months. So check the weather channel before you head outside with your power chair in the winter months. Any moisture on sidewalks and roads will be icy in below freezing temperatures so pay attention to the weather report and plan your trips accordingly.

Have a backup plan
If you have to go out in questionable weather make sure to have a backup plan if things get slick. A good idea is to have a relative or friend who can pick you up if the weather turns severe. As mentioned previously, it’s best to stay in if the weather is questionable, but realistically you’ll have errands and appointments to get to in the winter months so just make sure to commit to extra planning to compensate.

Charge your chair
Some individuals don’t use their power chairs as much in the winter months. If this is you, then just make sure to charge your chair at least a few times a week. This may sound strange, since you’re not using the chair as much, but if you don’t charge your chair at least a few times a week you could find yourself with a dead battery when spring rolls around. If you plan on storing your power chair for the winter, be sure to store it in a dry, temperature controlled room.

Takeaway
If your power chair is having issues you can contact a mobility representative at 888-345-1780 or simply fill out our contact form and we will get the issues resolved. Make sure you’re not storing your chair in cold temperatures during the winter months (yes, I’m talking to you Michiganians), always check the weather and have a plan, and another plan, and a backup plan for your last plan and, well you get the idea.

Power Wheelchair Repairs

Anytime an item such as a car, lawn motor, or computer needs repairs it normally is an inconvenience and frustrating experience for the owner of the equipment. If you’ve experienced repair needs for your power wheelchair you understand how frustrating the repairs process can be. Having to deal with the hassle of getting repairs on any device let alone your power wheelchair is not a “fun” process for anyone involved. Here at Aeroflow, we try to make the repair experience as pleasant and as smooth as possible.

How long do power wheelchair repairs take?

As you might imagine, some power wheelchair repairs can take longer than others. Depending on the issue the repair tech may have to order parts for your device and then we have to wait for the parts to come in to replace them on your chair. Sometimes our Mobility Representatives are able to resolve the problem by giving you instructions over the phone on how to fix the issue. With that being said a tech from Aeroflow will call you within 48 hours of your repair inquiry or question.

My power wheelchair requires extensive repair. Now what?

If our Mobility Representatives are unable to help, we take a detailed account of the issue and relay that information to our Repairs Department. Should it be something that you are not able to correct with assistance from the Repairs Department, such as an electrical failure, we will need to send someone out to evaluate the wheelchair. We contract with repair providers across the country so that we can get to you as soon as possible. A well trained technician will come to your house to diagnose and hopefully fix the malfunction. There are some issues that require we take the power wheelchair back to the warehouse to perform extensive repairs. In these cases a loaner chair may be provided, depending on your insurance and the age of your chair. Other times the issue may be with the manufacture themselves. We work directly with Pride and Drive, there are times that the issue you are having is under warranty. For example if you had a problem with the frame or drivetrain of your power wheelchair depending on how old your chair is Pride or Drive would be responsible for the replacement. You can visit the sites above to see exactly what is under warranty for each device you have. This information is also in the handbook that comes with your new chair upon delivery. We know that without your power wheelchair you are extremely limited in your mobility. It is important to us that you get back to your normal routine; it is equally important that we get the job done right. Research and skill goes into the repair process. Be patient with us as this can sometimes be a lengthy process.

 

Most Common Repair: Batteries

If you received your PWC less than a year to today’s date, please be aware that you are not due for batteries until your PWC is at least a year old. With that being said there are some insurance companies that will pay for the batteries after 6 months. Please contact us and we will get an order from your doctor and then we will sent a request to your insurance to have them pay for a set of new batteries for you. If your insurance provider will not cover the cost of new batteries than you may be able to purchase the batteries out of pocket. Contact our E-Commerce Representative for assistance.

 

How do I get in touch with you?

If you have any questions or concerns about power wheelchair repairs give us a call at 888-345-1780. We are ready and willing to assist you through the process. We can also help you or a loved one qualify for a power wheelchair through insurance. Simply fill out our contact form and we will take care of the rest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make the most of your doctor’s appointment

Insurance payers, especially Medicare, have a long list of specific needs that must be fulfilled in order to provide a patient with a power wheelchair or scooter through insurance. These needs include a face-to-face meeting with your doctor, specific chart notes, and an assortment of medical paperwork that must be filled out. While this process can seem daunting and overwhelming, Aeroflow Healthcare is here to walk you through the process and help ensure that you get the mobility equipment you need.

In order to make the most of your doctor’s appointment and expedite the process, fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form to get started and talk to Aeroflow Healthcare before your appointment so we can help to inform your doctor of what your meeting will be about and what will be required.

How you can help your doctor 

One of the first steps along this process is to meet with your doctor and have a face-to-face meeting, or an evaluation. This evaluation will help your doctor write your prescription and fill out the crucial notes that your insurance requires. Make sure you bring the subject of your mobility needs to your doctor, they are seeing many patients throughout the day, and may not think of it themselves at that moment. Make sure you describe in detail why you need a power wheelchair in your home, and explain why you cannot use other mobility assistive devices such as a walker, cane, or manual wheelchair. Your doctor will need to make specific notes regarding this conversation. Leave nothing out and make sure to give honest statements.

Make sure your doctor is ready

Over the past few years, the process and requirements to get a power wheelchair have become much stricter and more difficult. Make sure your doctor is aware of these changes and ready to help you throughout the process, difficult paperwork and all. Aeroflow Healthcare is ready and happy to work with your doctor to help ensure that all of their notes are accurate and to the extent that your insurance payer requires.

Objective measurements

One of the main things your mobility evaluation will consist of is your doctor taking strength measurements, range of motion measurements, and other similar tests to support why you can’t use other equipment besides the power chair. This is extremely important and must be included in the office notes from your appointment. So, if your doctor does not measure your strength then request that they do so. If they have questions about this then refer them to the office notes guidelines that Aeroflow has faxed ahead of your appointment or have them call Aeroflow Healthcare.

Make sure your doctor has the paperwork

Your supplier is going to fax your doctor all the paperwork they need to complete to help you get your power chair covered by your insurance company. Before your appointment, it could be helpful to call your doctor’s office and confirm that they have the necessary paperwork. Also, Aeroflow Healthcare can supply you with a copy of the paperwork as well. That way, both you and your doctor can walk through the requirements together and ensure that all proper documentation is noted.

Takeaway

While it is ultimately up to your doctor, your insurance, and Aeroflow Healthcare to provide you with your power wheelchair or scooter through insurance, you can help the process immensely by properly informing yourself of the process and helping your doctor.

If you have any additional questions about this process or want to discuss your mobility needs, please call Aeroflow Healthcare at 844-686-5539 and speak to a representative.

 

Donating Your Used Power Wheelchair

Donating your used power wheelchair is an easy way to help people with disabilities save hundreds or thousands of dollars, not to mention a lot of frustration. There are many people who need a power device but do not qualify through insurance. Unfortunately not everyone can afford a power wheelchair out of pocket. What can be done with an old/used power wheelchair? That is a question many people with disabilities ask themselves when they decide that they no longer need their wheelchair. Wheelchair users sometimes decide that they do not want or need their wheelchair anymore and they find it hard to get rid of the equipment, or to sell it for some kind of return on their investment. It is important to know that donations are highly valued and needed. The local hospitals as well as almost all VA hospitals accept donations for patients in need. There are also many non-profit organizations that welcome power wheelchair donations. For a list of non-profit organizations to donate to, please visit www.wheelchairfoundation.org.
There are many services out there that allow you to publish and advertise your used wheelchair. For example, craigslist.com provides a section for listing and selling your unwanted items, some users prefer to post under the “Health and Beauty” category, other users place their ads under the “General for Sale” category. Depending on what type of equipment you are trying to sell, you can use your own judgment on what section it belongs in. Ebay.com also provides a similar service that allows you to publish and advertise ads related to your wheelchair or medical equipment, for this service you are required to sign up and log in to your account in order to be able to post your used wheelchair. Another option to selling or buying a used wheelchair is Disability Forums. Websites like apparelyzed.com, allows users to buy and sell, used wheelchairs from their community of loyal and dedicated users.
As a buyer of a used power device it is always important to make sure that the wheelchair you are buying has some manufacturer information that comes along with it. You can also find this information posted online. When purchasing a used power wheelchair ask for photos, and ask plenty of questions to make sure you are getting the wheelchair you see in the pictures, and not something that is broken or non-repairable. Be sure that you are able to physically see and test the device before the final purchase. As a reminder to the donator it is important to keep all information about your donation to use when filing your taxes. Most donations are considered tax-deductible in the year in which you made the donation. If you have questions or concerns please contact an Aeroflow Representative at www.aeroflowinc.com or call (888) 345-1780 and we would be happy to assist you with your used power wheelchair.

Brand Feature: Pride Mobility

When looking for a power chair to purchase you’ll find there are several options. However, you’ll figure out that you can’t directly purchase your chair from the manufacturer. You must go through a supplier (PS…that’s us!). Most suppliers get their chairs from one or two suppliers. In our case, we have two; Pride Mobility and Drive Medical. For now, let’s focus on Pride; however, make sure to check in later for a feature on Drive.

Pride Mobility Products is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobility products including power chairs, scooters, lift chairs, lifts and ramps. While Pride is headquartered in Exeter, PA, they have locations worldwide. The company’s vast experience has allowed its engineers to create, test and implement industry leading mobility technology. Known primarily for its Jazzy Power Chair, Pride has taken advantage of 30 years of mobility manufacturing experience to create an unrivaled selection of power chairs. From the standard Elites ES to the sophisticated Select 6, all of Pride’s chairs are backed by warranties on their frames and electronics.

Pride was founded in Pennsylvania in 1986 with a customer-first focus. Known for their emphasis on community service, their philanthropy efforts have been recognized by United Way, and other leading organizations. Pride understands that mobility products empower people. This understanding has led to the development of industry leading technology, like mid-wheel drive motors and synergy cushions. Pride’s goal to help people “Live One’s Best!” is apparent in their consumer-focused products. From the first Jazzy Power Chair in 1996, image below, to their modern Jazzy, Pride has always placed their customers’ needs first.

While Pride’s products are known for their industry-leading technology, they are also known for their great style. Of course you need a power chair that allows you to complete all of your daily activities, but why not have something that looks amazing too? If you don’t believe me, please compare the Jazzy Chairs to other industry-leading chairs like Hoveround and tell me the Jazzy doesn’t blow them away? I thought so.

Overall, there are multiple mobility product manufacturers out there; however, Pride is one of the best. Their dedication to their customers and their community are second to none and their innovative products wrap them up as the perfect package. Contact us today at 1-888-345-1780, and select option 2, or go to http://www.mobility.aeroflowinc.com for information on how we can help you own a Pride Mobility product.

Product Feature: Pride Maxima Scooter

The Maxima power scooter from Pride Mobility is a heavy-duty performance device that is a great option for those suffering from limited mobility. With a weight capacity of 500 lbs., this scooter was engineered with the bariatric market in mind. It can be difficult to found a bariatric device and Pride Mobility wanted to ensure all patients could find a device to fit their individual needs.

It is because of their dedication to patient needs, that Aeroflow Healthcare proudly offers Pride Mobility devices. All of the equipment offered by Pride is also manufactured in the USA and comes highly recommended by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

Why We Like it 

The Maxima has been around for quite some time and is a proven durable and reliable scooter. The Maxima scooter has a high weight capacity and features a strong motor that can easily handle up to 500 pounds. This device has deep, comfortable seating and an ergonomically enhanced design.

The Maxima also has an option to upgrade the batteries for a greater drive range between charges. The charging port is located on the tiller, making it a breeze to access. This scooter also has a handy power seat option for an additional 5″ of seat height to reach higher cabinets and shelves.

Main Features

  • New, ultra heavy-duty drivetrain and upgraded electronics package
  • New, redesigned seat for improved comfort
  • Standard conveniences and safety features like a front basket and full lighting package
  • New, black, flat-free, non-marking tires

How to get the Maxima

You may worry that the Maxima is out of your price range, however Aeroflow Healthcare can help you qualify for this device at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and 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.

If you do not have a prescription for your mobility device, or you simply do not want to go through the insurance process, Aeroflow can still help you through the process. Aeroflow Healthcare has recently updated our online shop site, Aeroflow Direct. Here you can access all of the products offered through insurance, plus many more. And all orders over $50 receive FREE shipping.

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

Getting a Power Wheelchair Without Insurance

Many patients call Aeroflow Healthcare in need of a power mobility device; unfortunately not everyone qualifies for an assistive device through their specific insurance guidelines. In order for insurance to pay for a power device, many providers want to know why other devices have failed to aid you with your mobility issues.

Insurance Process

First, insurance will require that you set up a face-to-face mobility assessment with your healthcare provider.  During this assessment your physician will state objectively why a cane, walker, and manual wheelchair have failed to assist you with your current activities of daily living within the home.

You can visit the Medicare website to see the official items that insurance will pay for as well as the guidelines for each item. Many individuals do not ultimately qualify for a power device for use inside the home. Most patients are able to get from room to room in their home, however doing other activities that require a greater distance of walking such as shopping at the grocery store or at the local mall is not possible for them to accomplish.

If you need a device for long distances or for outside use, don’t worry; you’re not out of luck!

Aeroflow’s Online Shop

Aeroflow Healthcare has created a user-friendly online shop, Aeroflow Direct, for you to view the various Pride and Drive mobility devices that Aeroflow distributes. Whether you are looking for a power scooter or a power wheelchair, there are many stylish and functional options that you can choose from.

Many patients may think that these devices will cost them thousands of dollars if they do not use their insurance, however Aeroflow Healthcare offers top-brand mobility products at very competitive prices. Aeroflow also offers individuals who are interested in patient-pay pricing, the option to finance their device into a payment plan that fits your specific budget.

Steps to Getting Your Device Online

  • Assess Aeroflow Direct
  • Select Mobility
  • Select Power Scooter or Power Wheelchair
  • View each item by sorting
  • Sort by price, name, position, etc.
  • View each description; pick your favorite
  • Add item to cart
  • Check out (note free delivery for items over $50)
  • Enter demographics such as name, phone number, address, etc.
  • Enter credit card information
  • Place order
  • You will get an email confirmation

If you do not have access to a computer or do not feel comfortable shopping online, this is no problem at all. Our dedicated Mobility Representatives would be happy to help you with purchasing your equipment through Aeroflow Direct. Simply contact us at 844-686-5539.

Don’t let your mobility issues slow you down. Aeroflow Healthcare can help you get the devices you need today.