Buying a wheelchair isn’t as easy as you might think, especially if you want one that fits your personal style and preferences. If you are depending on insurance for funding, qualifying for a wheelchair that meets your insurance requirements is important.

To qualify for a wheelchair, you need to be the right candidate and find one that is ideal for you. This is more so for custom rehab equipment such as power assist, which will cost more than a regular transport chair.

Power assist chairs fill the space between power wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs. Since it is an expensive specialized device, insurance providers have to be convinced that this is the best option for you.

The following 2 very important questions need to be answered before an insurance company will fund your power assist wheelchair.

1. Is A Power Assist Wheelchair Right for You?

You have to determine for sure if a power assist wheelchair is right for you.

If you are unable to fully use your upper extremities and a full power chair is the only option for your mobility, a power assist wheelchair can be ruled out in this situation. On the other hand, if you are ambulatory and can use a walker for mobility, a wheelchair of any kind might be unnecessary.

However, a power assist chair will work for those who fall between these two extremes such as multiple sclerosis users, pediatrics, and quadriplegics. It also has to work for your home circumstances.

2. Is A Power Assist Wheelchair A Medical Necessity?

Not that long ago the only choice wheelchair users had was a manual chair. As a result, these chairs required a fair amount of physical upper body strength and reduced the users independence. They had to choose physical overexertion or losing out on their active lifestyle entirely.

There were users who wanted to remain active without experiencing pain or fatigue. Now, the power assist chair has become the perfect solution. It fulfills a medical requirement for regulated physical exercise – that may assist in preventing disorders such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and joint pain. Concurrently, this minimizes the chance for repetitive stress problems that may permanently hamper mobility.

Getting Insurance Approval

If you really believe that a power assist wheelchair is right for you and is a medical necessity, it will be easier to prove to the insurance company and get the funding you need.


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