Wheelchair Lift and Ramps

At Aeroflow Healthcare, they carry a great selection of manual wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and power wheelchairs. Providing great service and equipment is the priority and the knowledgeable staff will work with you to find a great chair that suits your needs and your budget by offering cash pay items, as well as the ability to qualify through insurance for your wheelchair or scooter. After purchasing a wheelchair, many patients find that they would benefit from other equipment to help when they are at home or in public. Consider a wheelchair lift or ramp to help make things easier for yourself or a loved one.

If you need assistance getting to high surfaces, an indoor wheelchair lift like the Bariatric Battery Powered Electric Patient Lift will greatly benefit you. This lift can hold up to 600 pounds and is ideal to help transfer you to high surfaces. When you are traveling you may have found yourself leaving your power wheelchair or scooter at home because you do not have a way to transport your equipment. A vehicle wheelchair lift, such as the Outlander LP Exterior Vehicle Lift will allow you to easily travel with your power wheelchair or scooter. This wheelchair lift is pre-assembled and is easy to use with a platform you can drive your chair on to.

Many wheelchair patients have stairs or a raised entryway into their homes. Aeroflow Healthcare carries many different ramp options that will help you into and out of your home. If you visit friends and family often, the Single Fold Portable Wheelchair Scooter Ramp with Carry Handle and Travel Bag easily folds up to travel with you wherever you may go. If you are looking for a sturdy ramp to keep at your home, the Rubber Threshold Ramp provides durable and maintenance free means of entering and exiting your household. Take the worry out of your life by investing in a lift or ramp that will last for years to come.

Whether you are looking for a new piece of mobility equipment, or equipment that can increase your quality of life with your wheelchair, Aeroflow Healthcare has got you covered. Take the worry out of your life and find your independence today by finding great mobility equipment today. Contact Aeroflow Healthcare with any questions as you make your commitment to greater mobility and peace of mind.

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.

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!

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!

Basic Wheelchair Maintenance

Owning a wheelchair means having a sense of freedom.  It also means taking care of that freedom by making sure your wheelchair is in great condition, getting you from place to place for as long as possible.  Aeroflow Direct, from Aeroflow Healthcare, knows what it means to maintain your mobility and provides a wide variety of products for wheelchair maintenance and other medical equipment.  Proper wheelchair maintenance improves the life of your wheelchair, your mobility and your health.  Manual and power wheelchairs have different requirements, but the idea behind them is all the same, to make sure you can maintain your mobility freedom.

First and foremost, the wheels are literally the most important part to upkeep. The wheels are prone to wear and tear but the maintenance can be very simple.  Keeping the correct air pressure is the goal for pneumatic, or air filled tires.  Checking this pressure on a weekly basis and filling tires to the manufacturer’s requirements (usually printed on the outer rim of the tire) will keep them in great shape.  If tires are underinflated, there is a greater chance for premature wear and more likelihood of a flat tire occurring.

Also another important part of wheelchair wheels are the bearings.  Most well made wheelchairs have sealed bearings, but it is possible for smaller particles such as hair and carpet fibers to get lodged in them but a pair of tweezers can help remove the debris.  The casters need cleaning as well, and it is easiest to remove the casters, clean them thoroughly, wipe down the axles, re-lubricate and replace.  Also keep in mind that the spokes of your wheels need attention too.  If you “ping” the spokes like playing a guitar and any of them sound dull or visibly vibrate, they should be replaced.  This can be done at a local bike shop if you have one close to home; however, Aeroflow Direct is a great place to get these maintenance items online.

The seat and backrest are important because they are your main centers for comfort, support and posture.  The backrest can stretch over time and make you feel like you are leaning further back and this can cause unneeded back pain and muscle strain, or even injury.  Maintain the back rest by marking straps with a crayon or some kind of indicator to be sure the buckles remain in place.  Your wheelchair provider can help you choose the right back rest and cushions for your chair to make sure you are comfortable. Also, make sure your seat is maintained by keeping an eye out for wear and tear, by paying close attention for rips in the fabric.  Clean the upholstery monthly with mild soap and water to protect you from germs and bacteria that can collect in the material.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer or someone who would rather have a little guidance when it comes to your wheelchair maintenance, have a look at the products on Aeroflow Direct or call 888-345-1780 and choose option 2 to speak with a knowledgeable mobility associate who is here to help!

What to Expect at Your Mobility Evaluation

You’ve contacted a power chair supplier, hopefully Aeroflow, and you’ve scheduled your mobility evaluation so your doctor can complete the paperwork for your insurance to help cover your chair. However, you aren’t sure what to expect at this mobility evaluation. I mean, even the appointment sounds strange. What in the world is a mobility evaluation?

Simply put, it’s a physical exam where your doctor will make a case for why you need a power chair to get around. They’ll do this by completing a seven element order form and documenting why you need the power chair, in their office notes. Your supplier will fax the doctor the paperwork or mail it ahead of the appointment. At Aeroflow Healthcare, we send three pages, a cover page (not shown below), a 7 element order form, and office notes guidelines to help your doctor document everything your insurance company is looking for.mobility evaluation

As you can see, this form is a fancy version of a prescription that gives the insurance company an overview of what equipment you need, what diagnosis you have and your doctor’s signature. While, this looks simple, everything has to be filled out correctly with no cross outs or white outs. If any corrections are made, the prescribing doctor has to initial and date their changes. To be safe, you should see if the doctor can fill out the form at your appointment, or at the least ask to make they have recently done this paperwork so they’re aware of the process.

After reading the guidelines we send your doctor, you should be relieved that this appointment is basically a few physical measurements, like your upper extremity and lower extremity strength along with a series of statements your doctor needs to make about why you can’t use other equipment alternatively to the power chair. For instance, after the physical exam if your doctor decides that you’re too weak to safely operate a walker, manual chair or scooter then they would need to specifically state that about each one. Your doctor could easily do this by stating something like: The patient’s UE and LE strength is: 2/5. Due to their UE and LE weakness the patient can’t use a walker inside their home because they would be at a high fall risk. The patient can’t propel a manual chair inside their home due to their UE weakness and the patient can’t use a Scooter inside their home because their UE is too weak to safely operate the scooter’s tiller system. That’s the majority of the documentation your doctor has to do (other than their standard physical examination report).

The rest is basically that you can safely use the equipment and what you need to use the chair for inside your home. For instance, your doctor could state something like: The patient has the physical and mental abilities to safely operate a power chair inside the home. The patient is willing and motivated to operate a power chair inside their home. The patient can safely transfer to and from a power chair. The patient needs the power chair to get to the bathroom on time and to get to the kitchen to prepare meals.

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All and all that’s what a mobility evaluation is-an appointment where your doctor will take some objective measurements (strength, pain, range of motion and etc). This will support their specific statements about why you can’t use other equipment and to ultimately build a case for your insurance supporting why they should pay for your power chair. It’s important to note that while the example above is simple, insurance companies are strict when they review your doctor’s documentation so everything must be specifically stated. Also, the objective measurements must match the claims your doctor makes. For example, if your doctor says you can’t use a manual chair due to UE weakness but gives a 4/5 UE strength measurement, then that won’t work. As silly as that sounds, we receive paperwork daily with similar examples.

If you have any further questions about what you should expect at your mobility evaluation, please call us at 844-380-0820. To see if your health insurance will cover the costs of your mobility equipment, please fill out our Qualify through Insurance form.

Choosing the Right Lift for Your Power Wheelchair

When a power wheelchair has become part of a person’s life, the ability to transport this power chair is vital for maintaining independence. With that said, it is important to know your options when choosing the right lift for you, your wheelchair, and your vehicle. Lifts are available based on the weight of the power chair, the ability of the driver to operate the lift, and the type of vehicle that will support it. All of these things need to be considered when purchasing a lift for your power wheelchair.

There are several different kinds of lifts- manual on the outside of the vehicle, electric also on the outside of the vehicle, and those that are inside the vehicle. Aeroflow Direct, from Aeroflow Healthcare, offers a variety of lifts to accommodate many vehicle types and personal preferences. Click on any of the product titles you are interested in and get the lift’s specifications, including whether or not the lift comes with a warranty.

For most people, they are not in the market for a new vehicle that comes equipped with a lift, so your options are a little different when choosing a lift for your power wheelchair. For example, if you drive a small, fuel-efficient car, you will probably not choose a lift that brings your power chair inside your vehicle because there is simply not enough room. In this case, you will want a lift that is compact, and you have a choice whether you will use a manual lift or one that is powered. Aeroflow offers a popular model of lift such as the Outlander TM Exterior Lift. This lift requires little or no modification to a small vehicle.

If you drive a minivan, or you are going to purchase a vehicle that can be equipped with an internal power chair lift, you may consider the Backpacker Plus Interior Platform Lift. This lift features a pre-assembled single piece platform that you can drive your scooter or power chair on or off from either direction and can lift up to 350 pounds.

Aeroflow Healthcare has offered power chairs and lifts for years and has helped patients customize their mobility experience to their needs. With a knowledgeable staff, we can help patients qualify through their health insurance either online or by phone for a lift for your power wheelchair. Our mobility representatives will guide you through the automotive lift process, just as they do with power chairs, scooters, and manual wheelchairs. Don’t forget to check out Aeroflow Direct to see the products we offer! Please call us at 888-380-0820 to speak with one of our mobility specialist today!

Wheelchair Accessible Vacations

It’s that time of year where you start to get cabin fever and a vacation sounds really nice. Even though Las Vegas, Nevada is most known for its slogan ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, it’s one the of the most wheelchair accessible cities in the country. This city is neither for the timid, nor the judgmental, so if you do decide to vacation there, be prepared to be entertained because there’s no place like Vegas!

Whether it’s gambling, lounging, night-clubbing, dining, shopping or watching a show, everything is found in the casinos. The casinos are designed for people to meander through and get caught up in all the fun. Most casinos have wheelchair accessible slot machines and table games. For assistance locating them, contact the casino manager should be able to help you out. Some casinos may not seem wheelchair accessible from the outside due to barriers, but there are ramps into every casino, you just need to find them, and most of the time there are signs. Las Vegas has more wheelchair accessible guest rooms than any other city in the country. The hotels have rooms with roll-in showers, transfer showers, tubs with built-in seats and tubs with portable seats. If you need one of the options, be sure to select this requirement (when booking online)or mention it to the hotel coordinator if speaking on the phone.

Transportation in and around Las Vegas: Shuttles, Taxis and Wheeling 
-AT THE AIRPORT – Lift-equipped shuttles and taxis are available with service to any hotel or motel. A variety of shuttle/limousine services are available at McCarran International Airport.

-TAXI SERVICE – All taxi companies in Las Vegas have lift-equipped vans accommodating one wheelchair. Call from your room, use any dedicated taxi phone or ask the doorman at your hotel for an accessible taxi van. Click here for transportation listings.

-CITY BUS – The RTC (Regional Transportation Commission) bus service is fully accessible, including buses that are lift-equipped, have low floors and kneel, and accommodate two wheelchairs. Reduced fares are available for seniors and persons with disabilities. Call 702-228-7433 for routes, schedules or help in using the system. The “Strip” bus runs 24 hours a day.

-PARATRANSIT – Southern Nevada’s Paratransit services are named RTC Paratransit Service. If you are certified to ride Paratransit in your home city, bring your certification and you will be allowed to ride up to 21 days without having a Nevada certification. To schedule rides, call 702-228-4800 or TDD 702-676-1834 one to three days in advance.

-PARKING – Bring along your hometown dashboard-parking permit from your personal vehicle if you plan to rent a vehicle in Las Vegas. Out-of-state permits are recognized. Temporary disabled parking permits are available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. A physician’s statement will be required.

-TRAMS & THE MONORAIL – The Las Vegas Monorail offers service at seven stations between Sahara Avenue and the MGM Grand on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of trams that connect various properties: between the Mirage and Treasure Island; connecting Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur; and connecting Monte Carlo to Aria Resort, Crystals Shopping Center and Bellagio Resort. The Monorail system is completely ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and each station has officers.

-Hot Air Ballooning- Love in the Air Ballooning offers the only wheelchair accessible hot air balloon in Las Vegas. Check out a short snippet of Cory’s 90 minute flight!

 

Ready to plan your next trip? There are places all over the world that are wheelchair accesible. Check out some of our favorite travel bloggers:

How Aeroflow Can Help

As you can easily see, Las Vegas is a great location for wheelchair users to visit. Aeroflow Healthcare can help you get mobility devices that allow you to go visit great cities. We can even help you qualify for your mobility equipment through insurance. Check out Aeroflow Healthcare’s power wheelchair products and simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form to see if your mobility device may be  little-to-no cost to you.

If you have questions regarding your power wheelchair, scooter, or other mobility aid, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call today at 844-686-5539. We’re here to help!