Archives for June 2016

Wheelchairs on Public Transportation

Many patients who use wheelchairs do not drive, and rely on public transportation to get around for day-to-day activities. It is important to know the rules dictated by the Department of Transportation (or DOT) regarding wheelchairs and public transportation so that you or your loved one does not run into any issues. Aeroflow Healthcare believes that patients should be educated on their equipment and rules that may affect their use of the equipment outside of the home.

Aeroflow Healthcare carries a wide selection of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and power scooters that are offered at a great price. Patients can purchase items as self pay or Aeroflow can work with you to qualify through insurance for your equipment. Most wheelchairs and powered mobility devices will require a prescription on file prior to the delivery of the equipment. If you plan to use your wheelchair on public transportation, follow the DOT guidelines to ensure that you have no trouble.

The Federal Transit Administration considers a wheelchair a mobility aid of three or more wheeled devices, usable indoors, designed or modified for and used by mobility impairments whether operated manually or powered. Some wheelchairs weigh more than 600 pounds when occupied; these overweight chairs are required to be carried by the transportation operator if their lift and vehicle can accommodate them. However, a transportation operator is not required to procure vehicles with lifts that can lift more than 600 pounds. The lifts used must permit inboard and outboard facing of wheelchair users and attendants are required to assist with pushing a wheelchair up a steep ramp, but are not required to assist with manually lifting passengers or carrying personal luggage. An operator cannot refuse to carry a person with a disability because of higher insurance rates and cannot require a person to transfer from a wheelchair into a vehicle seat.

The DOT does not require that a wheelchair have brakes in order to use the transportation service but they can require that a wheelchair be secured. The use of a seat belt is required if the operator mandates the use of a seat belt by all passengers and an operator cannot deny boarding a rider whose wheelchair is difficult to secure.

Aeroflow Healthcare encourages patients to know their rights when it comes to using wheelchairs and to follow regulations that have been created to ensure the highest levels of safety. Contact Aeroflow Healthcare today to get started with your new wheelchair purchase.

Jazzy Power Wheelchair Options

When committing to a new power chair, it is important to know that you are getting the best equipment possible at the best price. Choosing a Jazzy power wheelchair will give you freedom and independence in a chair that is built for the real world. Jazzy power chairs, from Pride Mobility come in a wide selection of mobility solutions that are designed to suit your individual needs. Aeroflow Healthcare carries an extensive collection of power chairs ranging from portable chairs to heavy-duty options. New power chairs and other mobility equipment can be purchased as self pay items or the staff at Aeroflow Healthcare can help you file through insurance.

If you are looking for a portable option, Aeroflow has many different options for you. The Jazzy Sport Portable sets itself apart with its in-line front-wheel drive technology that provides premium stability and maneuverability while the Jazzy Elite ES Portable offers similar qualities along with reliable power. One of the newest models from Pride Mobility is the Jazzy Air. This top of the line power chair elevates you 10” in just 16 seconds. This added height allows the user to socialize at others and move at a walking speed, while also allowing easy access to counter tops, tabletops, cabinetry and shelving.

If you want a standard sized Jazzy power chair, Aeroflow has a great selection for you. The Jazzy Elite ES-1 can travel at up to 4 miles per hour and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Someone looking for a larger, more rugged chair would love the Jazzy 1450 Heavy Duty Power Wheelchair. This chair can hold up to 600 pounds and has a design that offers great performance indoors and outside. Aeroflow Healthcare carries dozens of different Jazzy power chair options, all with different designs and capabilities so that you can have customized care. Contact Aeroflow Healthcare for assistance choosing the best chair for your needs.

The friendly and knowledgeable representatives at Aeroflow Healthcare are here to help you find the best equipment for your mobility needs. When it comes to power chairs, Aeroflow carries the top rated brand in America and want their patients to have long-lasting equipment that they will love for years to come. Get started with your new Pride Mobility power chair today and gain a life of worry-free, independent mobility.

Wheelchair Recycling

Many patients find that they only need their wheelchair for a temporary amount of time, or they grow out of their chair and can no longer use it. If you or your child is someone who this has happened to, you may have wondered what to do with your used wheelchair. Most medical supply companies do not take used wheelchairs back because they cannot dispense them to any other patients. Aeroflow Healthcare knows that a wheelchair is a life-changing piece of equipment, and there may be less fortunate individuals who are unable to afford a wheelchair. Consider wheelchair recycling to a charity that will pass it along to someone in need.

Caps of Love was created to help the disabled by wheelchair recycling. It is a charity started by Valerie Mathieu that collects and refurbishes old wheelchairs to donate to individuals who cannot get their own. They have donated dozens of pediatric wheelchairs to families in need.

If you have an old wheelchair that you no longer need, contact Caps of Love to set up a donation. If you are unable to donate to Caps of Love, there are many other organizations that accept wheelchair recycling. Some of the bigger names in wheelchair recycling are Wheels of Mercy, and even Goodwill.

Donating to the charity of your choice will help someone in need, which will make you feel great and tax deduction. If you have a wheelchair that you are not using anymore for any reason, there is no reason not to donate it. If you know someone in your family or neighborhood that could benefit from having a wheelchair, you can give back to your friends or family in need by giving them your old chair.

If you have grown out of your wheelchair, find a great new chair with Aeroflow Healthcare. Aeroflow carries a wide selection of manual wheelchairs, including standard chairs like the Silver Sport 1. They also carry lightweight wheelchairs like the Rebel Lightweight, and even transport chairs like the Travelite Chair in a Bag. Patients have the option of purchasing items as cash pay, or we can help you qualify through insurance for any of your mobility needs.

Contact Aeroflow to select your new manual wheelchair purchase. The knowledgeable staff will work closely with you to find the best mobility equipment to allow you to lead an independent and carefree lifestyle.