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Keeping Your Cool When Your Wheelchair Breaks

There’s one superpower every wheelchair-user on the planet must possess: The ability to keep one’s stuff together when something breaks. Especially the critical I-need-them-to-live-my-life mobility products. When everyone’s favorite mobility product – the wheelchair – breaks down, you’ve got two choices: 1) Freak out when you realize how screwed you really are without a working wheelchair. Or 2) Suck it up, stay calm, and know a solution, eventually, will be found. Because it must. Read more

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How to Choose the Right Wheelchair Company

It is no secret that choosing a good durable medical equipment vendor can be a daunting task. Knowing just a few simple things can make the search for a competent rehab provider much easier.

The first thing to remember is that the process of obtaining a piece of medical equipment (such as a wheelchair or standing frame) funded through Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance carriers should always start with the physician or PT/OT clinician.

Here are a few questions you should ask when deciding which rehab or medical equipment company to use. Read more

7 Steps for Buying Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

After talking with newly injured clients and caregivers last Friday at the Abilities Expo in Minneapolis, I found a common theme arise. How do I get this item (stander, wheelchair, cushion, etc.) purchased for me? I was amazed at how many people recently (and not so recently) out of rehab had not been explained the procurement of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). I’m not sure if it’s because they had more important life issues on their minds when in rehab, and were inundated with information? Or if we, the DME team (manufacturers, suppliers, and clinicians) are trying to make the process invisible so as not to overburden the consumer during a difficult time of adjustment? Read more