Archives for March 2016

When to Rent a Wheelchair

When you begin to become less mobile it may mean that it is time to purchase a wheelchair.  Choosing to purchase a wheelchair and be a big commitment and it is important to consider all of your options.  In some cases, it may be better for you to purchase a wheelchair as opposed to renting a wheelchair.  Here at Aeroflow Healthcare we think it is important for our patients to be informed of all of their options (i.e rent a wheelchair) when making the decision to get a new wheelchair.

If your health condition is such that you cannot walk regularly it may mean that you will need a wheelchair or mobility device long term. If you are going to need a wheelchair for more than a few weeks or a month it will be better for you to purchase, rather than rent, a wheelchair so that you have it as long as you may need it. Many patients decide to use wheelchairs permanently when they can are no longer mobile with walkers or rollators. With Aeroflow Healthcare, patients can purchase items as cash pay or you can qualify through insurance for any of your mobility equipment.

If you only need a wheelchair for a short period of time, for a wedding or vacation, for example, renting may be an option to you but there are financial factors to consider. Rentals of mobility equipment are often a daily charge that can end up becoming more costly in the long run.  If you are in need of a wheelchair for only a day or two you may be able to borrow one from the facility that your event is taking place, many facilities will keep a guest wheelchair on hand for individuals who are unable to remain standing or walking for long periods of time.  If you are in need of a wheelchair for a few weeks or months, it will come out to your financial advantage to purchase the wheelchair.  When you are finished with the chair you can keep it in for future needs or you can donate to someone in need.

Here at Aeroflow Healthcare we offer a wide selection of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and scooters.  No matter what mobility needs you have, we are here to help.  Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service staff will help you find the right equipment at the right price for your budget.  Gain freedom and independence with a new mobility device today.

Power Soccer

Here at Aeroflow Healthcare we believe that being confined to a wheelchair does not mean that you have lost your independence.  Individuals who are no longer able to walk on their own can still live a life full of activities and can even participate in sports.  Power soccer is one of the fastest growing sports specifically designed to be played in a power wheelchair. Aeroflow Healthcare carries a wide range of manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs designed to keep you on the move.

Power soccer is a competitive team sport created to be played by participants in power wheelchairs.  Participating in a power soccer league will allow you to build teamwork, have competition and have a great recreational pastime. Individuals with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and many others can participate in this exciting sport. Having to use a mobility device does not mean that you can no longer participate in sports.  While it may not be exactly the same game of soccer you have played before, it is an adrenaline rush that will keep you coming back for more games.

Power soccer has been played all across the world since the 1970s.  The first American Champions Cup was played in 2009.  The game is played with an oversized 13 inch soccer ball that is pushed by a foot guard on your power chair.  All participants are required to use a power chair and the maximum speed is 6.2 mph. Players are also required to add on a seat belt and a foot guard to their chair. The game is played on a basketball court with two teams of four players.

Investing in a great power chair like the Jazzy Elite ES will ensure that you are mobile around the house and the court in a dependable chair.  Using a battery charger will keep you fully charged but will never overcharge your battery.

With Aeroflow Healthcare, your mobility equipment can be purchased as self pay or you can qualify through insurance for manual wheelchairs, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives will help you find the right equipment to assist with your mobility needs.  Contact us today by phone, email or chat to get started in selecting your new power wheelchair.  With your new power chair you will have your independence again and can even participate in a game of power soccer.

Tips to Prolong Battery Life

When getting a new power wheelchair or power scooter, one of the main concerns patients have is how long their equipment will work before needing to be recharged.  While there is not a specific guarantee as to how long your battery life will last there are a few things to consider.  For example, taking your power chair or scooter out on a flat path will have a longer battery life than taking it somewhere with hills or a more rough terrain.  For in-home use you will get much longer out of your battery life than you will for outdoor use.

Here at Aeroflow Healthcare we carry a wide selection of powered mobility equipment to help you lead an independent lifestyle.  The Victory 10 3-Wheel Scooter is a stylish and comfortable scooter designed to hold up to 400 pounds.  For someone who prefers the performance and stability of a power wheelchair, the Jazzy 600 ES is a great option.  With a power scooter or wheelchair battery life is an important factor.  There are a few tips that will help you prolong the life of your battery.

One of the best ways to prolong your battery life is to properly charge it.  It is important to fully charge your battery before using your chair.  It is best to charge your chair while you are sleeping to ensure that it has enough time to fully charge rather than plugging it in for an hour or so at a time.  On the flip side of this, it is just as important that you avoid overcharging your battery as well.  Avoid leaving it plugged in for over 24 hrs at a time. If you live in a harsh climate, it is helpful to avoid leaving your batteries in a place where they would experience extreme hot or cold temperatures.  If your equipment uses more than one battery it is important to change the batteries at the same time. Mixing together old and new batteries will drain the new battery and force you to replace batteries more often.

When it is time to replace your batteries, contact us at Aeroflow Healthcare to get started. Power wheelchairs, scooters, and many accessories can be purchased as self pay, and many items are covered through insurance. No matter what type of mobility need you or your loved ones have, we are here to help you select a great powered mobility device that will give you the freedom, independence, and reliability that you deserve.

Financing Plans Available When Purchasing Your Power Scooter or Wheelchair

Aeroflow Healthcare is excited to announce that financing is now an option for your new power scooter or wheelchair.  If you are someone who has been hesitant to move forward with getting your equipment due to a large price tag, the new financing options are just what you are looking for.  The financing plans are offered through Affirm with an easy and secure process that will give you instant approval.  Affirm works with nearly any credit rating and approves around 80% of financing plans.

Setting up your financing plan is simple and easy.  When you are checking out at Aeroflow Healthcare you will see three choices listed under payment information: Credit Card, Buy with Monthly Payments, and PayPal.   To set up financing you will select “Buy with Monthly Payments” after completing the check out process you will then be directed to the Affirm where you will fill out some basic information including your mobile number.  You will need a mobile number in order to receive a secure PIN number.  Once you input your information you will immediately see your approval and three payment plan options. Affirm offers 3, 6, or 12 month payment plans, you will see each monthly payment amount listed as well as the monthly interest rate.  Once you have made your payment plan options, a text message with a PIN number will be sent to your mobile phone.  You will then enter the PIN number and complete the check out process.

Starting a monthly financing plan is secure and safe.  With Aeroflow Healthcare, the only requirement to use financing is that your purchase must be a minimum of $100.  Once you have completed the checkout process your item will be shipped.  The process is immediate and you do not have to wait for any paperwork before you can get your new power scooter or power wheelchair.  If you do not have access to a computer our friendly customer service representatives are happy to assist you in the financing process over the phone at 844-686-5539. Please note that you will still need to provide a cell phone number in order to receive the secure PIN number to finalize your purchase.

Don’t let the price of a power scooter or wheelchair control your freedom. The great financing options will allow you to customize payments that will fit into your budget. Take your mobility freedom into your own hands and get a great power scooter or wheelchair with Aeroflow Healthcare today!

Range of a Fully Charged Power Wheelchair

Here at Aeroflow Healthcare, we offer many different types of powered mobility devices designed to suit your needs.  With everything from heavy duty options, such as the Jazzy 1450 Heavy Duty Power Wheelchair, to smaller and lighter options like the Jazzy Sport Portable. With many different options, our customers are able to hand-pick a power wheelchair designed to help with their specific health conditions and lifestyle. When purchasing a new power wheelchair, one of main questions people ask is, “What is the range of a fully charged power wheelchair?” An average rule of thumb is about 15 miles per charge, but that number could be more or less depending on your individual circumstance. There are many different factors that will determine how long your chair will stay charged that will differ for everyone with a power wheelchair.

Some main factors that affect your power wheelchair’s battery life are your weight, the temperature, and whether or not you are on level ground. For example, someone who weighs 160 pounds traveling on a mild day, on flat land will get a longer battery life than someone who weighs 260 pounds, traveling over hills on a cold day. While there may not be an exact answer for how long your battery will stay charged, there are some tips to prolong the charge of your battery. One of the easiest ways to get more out of your power scooter or wheelchair is to ensure that the batteries are fully charged before leaving for the day.  A full charge can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours, and charging for the full time will help you participate in activities longer.

Another way to extend your power scooter or wheelchair battery is to replace both batteries at the same time. Many people think that they will extend the life of an old battery by placing a new battery with it, but the result is actually the opposite.  Your new battery will drain quicker, causing you to replace batteries more frequently.  If you are in need of replacement batteries, contact our knowledgeable staff via phone, email, chat or mail and we will help you get started.

No matter what your mobility needs, we are here to help find the right equipment for you at Aeroflow Healthcare.  Our patients have the option to purchase items out of pocket, or you may Qualify Through Insurance for your equipment with just a few easy steps. Let us know if you have any additional questions about the range of a fully charged power wheelchair. Call or visit our site today to get started with your new mobility purchase!

The Best Wheelchair Activities

These days, people in wheelchairs are taking hikes, making a splash, and adopting hobbies you may have only thought wheelchair bound people would steer clear of. Thankfully, more people in wheelchairs are getting involved with everyday activities.  If a wheelchair is your main source of transportation, here are some activities you can enjoy that increase your exercise, health and happiness.

Maybe you were not always in a wheelchair, and a lot of these activities appealed to you before.  It’s important to know that your wheelchair should not hold you back from taking part in these great activities.  All you have to do it look into the possibilities, and go from there.  Get out there and enjoy wheelchair activities!

If you are curious about getting a wheelchair through insurance, fill out the Qualify Through Insurance form and our knowledgeable staff will help you out! If you have any immediate questions about wheelchair activities, please call us at 888-380-0820. We look forward to helping you!

Choosing Upgrades for a Power Wheelchair

When shopping for a power wheelchair, it doesn’t take long to realize there are many options and upgrades for power wheelchairs. Lots of questions develop and you feel a little overwhelmed, but this is all very normal. There are some important things to keep in mind when considering your upgrades for a power wheelchair.  Some options to consider before ordering your wheelchair:

  • Consider whether your power chair will be used for indoors, outdoors or both? Will your vehicle need a ramp or a lift? Do you have specific needs such as adjustments to seat or back rest?  Is there room in your budget for comfort options or do you need to stick to a standard with your personal requirements?
  • Seating – This part of the chair is most important as far as comfort. You are going to spend a lot of time in the seat, so make sure it is the right one for you.  Know that due to the amount of time you sit in the chair, the seat cushions will need to be replaced more often than other parts, though they can usually be washed, which is a plus.  Test out seat cushions if you get the opportunity.
  • Tires – Depending on your need, it matters what of the kinds of tires you choose. The first kind of tire is the pneumatic, or air filled tires.  Just like the ones on your car, they are great over multiple surfaces, but can puncture, and need maintenance.  The second type is known as foam-filled and requires far less maintenance because they do not puncture, but they are less comfortable on rough surfaces.
  • Batteries – There are several types of batteries to choose from, and again, depending on your individual needs, any of these batteries will do. Some are lower maintenance and spill proof with a higher cost for this convenience, and some are more like the batteries we see in other vehicles, which cost less, but need more maintenance.   Make sure you speak with your provider to go over the different types of batteries and which one may be best for you.

When considering upgrades for a power wheelchair, it is important to be aware that there are so many options out there to increase your comfort, mobility and overall quality of life.  One great place to start looking is Aeroflowinc.com to go through your health insurance, or Aeroflow Direct, if you prefer to pay cash.  We have knowledgeable staff members who can answer your questions.  Just call 888-345-1780 and select option two.  Let’s get you going in the right direction for a power wheelchair!

Shower Seats

When you have impaired mobility it is important to have the right safety precautions in your home and especially your bathroom.  The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places for someone to slip and fall.  Here at Aeroflow Healthcare we put out patient’s safety first and one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom safer is to invest in a shower seat. Aeroflow Healthcare carries several different types of shower seats so that you can find one that best fits your lifestyle.  A shower seat can greatly improve the quality of life for someone who finds it difficult to stand for the 10-15 minutes it takes to shower.

Someone who suffers from chronic joint pain, arthritis or limited mobility would benefit from using a shower seat. If you have limited space in your bathtub or shower, a Backless Shower Chair is a great option.  The backless shower chair is adjustable and fits in most standard tubs and showers and is designed to hold up to 500 pounds.

All shower seats come standard with drainage holes to reduce slipping and a durable and corrosion proof frame. Investing in a shower seat will give you the confidence to shower independently by providing comfort and stability.  Aeroflow Healthcare patients have the option to purchase items as self-pay with private pay options and payment plans, or you can qualify through insurance for your purchase.   All items over $49 come with free shipping and we have a 30 day return policy for unused and packaged items. Shower seats do not require a prescription so you will not need to see your physician before placing an order.  All items are shipped directly to you and assembly is quick and easy.  Call out customer support team toll free at 1-888-660-9714 or visit us at Aeroflowinc.com today to get started.

The Most Popular Accessories for Power Wheelchair or Scooter

Anyone who uses a power wheelchair or scooter knows that after a while, it would be nice to have a place to safely store items when they travel from place to place. Going to the grocery store or to visit family, for example, can be a easier when you have the right accessories you need on your power chair or scooter. Sometimes a power chair or scooter seems more personalized when you have the accessories that suite you! Here are some ideas from Aeroflow Direct for the most popular accessories available for a power chair or scooter.

For those who also use a cane or crutch in addition to your power chair, you might consider the crutch/cane holder. This item makes is so easy to keep your cane with you when you use your power chair or scooter.  It attaches to the back of the seat so it does not impede on your travel, but is still close enough to grab your cane and go when you need to.

Another popular suggestion is the armrest bag for your scooter or power chair. This product makes it easy to keep several items like a phone, book, glasses case, or other items you want to keep nearby.  There is also built-in padding on top for you to have increased comfort when simply using the armrest.

Every power chair and scooter is battery powered and periodically needs to be charged.  Knowing this, we can provide chargers that are small enough to be placed in the armrest bag or even the baskets.  For the convenience of the rider, these chargers can provide power to the battery whether it is on or off.

If you have a power chair or scooter and you want to personalize, or add accessories to, check out the wheel chair accessories at Aeroflow Direct. If you have any questions, feel free to call 888-345-1780 and select option 2 to speak with a knowledgeable staff member who will make the process of acquiring these accessories even easier!