Before You Buy A Power Scooter Did You Consider...


Doctor's Prescription

A physician will need to write a prescription for you prior to purchasing a power scooter or power wheel chair. All insurance and Medicare providers require this and a letter of medical necessity.

If you have trouble walking distances, have an orthopedic problem or neurological deficit, you may easily qualify for a power mobility device.

Occupational Therapy Referral

Physicians will usually refer you to a specialist, whether it is a RESNA certified technician or Occupational Therapist. These professionals have the background and knowledge in how to help you select the right power scooter or power wheel chair for you.

Measurement And Brainstorming Session

There are some preliminary questions that are asked, a measurement session, brainstorming session and consultation with the durable medical equipment(DME)provider and patient to make the final decision. Sometimes what you have in mind might be all wrong depending upon your lifestyle and level of independence.

Before making the decision to purchase a power scooter or power wheel chair it is best to see if you will be able to operate it safely. There are some physical and cognitive tests that should be performed prior to purchasing a power mobility device.

You may find that you or your loved one will not be able to operate it safely after all. In addition, periodic reassessments of your skills and any noted significant health changes should be monitored.

Of course there are the basic operations of starting, stopping, turning, backing up, maneuvering in tight spaces, etc. that will be tested if other preliminary tests are completed successfully.

Summary

Before you go to the store and make a purchase there are a few things that should be considered. You need to know what if your chair will fit you properly and if you will be able to operate it safely and efficiently.

By talking with your doctor and a therapist or wheelchair specialist you will be much more informed and will be able to have something you will be able to use every day.

This is an investment in your health and ability to participate in daily activities. You don't want to spend money on something you will not be able to use.

A therapist or wheelchair specialist will be able to help you with your decision.

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