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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease that restricts mobility and other daily activities and directly impacts your lifestyle. However this should not keep you from leading a full and active life. Some COPD patients like the elderly cannot move at all. This is where mobility devices like scooters and wheelchairs come in handy. Another useful mobility device is the seat enabled walkers which allot the user to take a rest if they get tired. They simply put the brakes on, have a rest then go again. These mobility devices can be easily stored in a car trunk and can be taken out as needed.
If you have COPD it is important to remain as active as possible. This makes your muscles stronger, which uses up less oxygen.
Does your Insurance cover the Chair?
Power wheelchairs are the best option for such conditions since operating a manual wheelchair would be difficult for someone with COPD. Your wheelchair should have an oxygen carrier if you need oxygen. Liquid oxygen might be a better option since they are lighter and more portable than an oxygen tank.
Mobility devices today have numerous features and options, therefore some research and study is required before making the final purchase. For short trips a walker might be a better option and for longer trips a wheelchair might be better. Most scooters are not designed for indoor use.
Depending on Your Condition
Insurance does not usually cover wheelchairs and walkers that have all the extras. If you want those additional bells and whistles you will have to pay for it on your own. Insurance will only cover part of these COPD mobility devices and they will only do so with a prescription from your doctor.
Don’t use mobility devices and an excuse while going through COPD symptoms. You actually have to be more active and lead a healthier lifestyle more than ever before. Throwing in the towel and just depending on the mobility device will only worsen the condition.
Walking is critical for COPD patients to help them maintain their strength and breathing. Only use your mobility device if you are out of breath.
Those who are young and have the energy should avoid using mobility devices. They are mostly for elderly COPD suffers who have the chronic form of the disease.