Scooters and Manual wheelchairs are sometimes referred to as “mobility assistance equipment.” The majority of insurance companies will pay for the partial cost of a scooter or wheelchair if you meet the requirements listed below:
- Suffer from a physically debilitating health condition that restricts movement inside the home
- Cannot bathe, dress, use the restroom or get on and off a chair or bed without using a walker, crutches or cane
- Have the ability to safely operate a scooter or wheelchair, or have the assistance of someone in the home
- The mobility equipment can be maneuvered through the home
Mobility Assistance Equipment Classifications
Manually Powered Wheelchairs
A manual wheelchair has a folding, cross-brace frame, swing-away footrests, removable or built-in footrests, two large wheels measuring 20-26 inches, mid-level or high-level back, two small castor front wheels and push handles. Many manual wheelchairs are not practical for active people because a great deal of energy is needed to propel them.
Benefits of Manual Wheelchairs
- Better for active users
- Easier to transport and move
- Lest costly
- Unlimited range
- Lightweight frames make them easier to push
Users who have limited torso and arm strength find that motorized wheelchairs are easier to operate thanks to their external power source. These wheelchairs run on either a wet cell or gel cell battery, both of which require regular charging. Motorized wheelchairs are usually heavier than manual wheelchairs due to the motorized variety's extra weight from the battery and adaptive equipment.
Benefits of Motorized Wheelchairs
- Battery power requires less physical exertion
- Easy to travel uphill
- Does not require outside assistance
- Greater amount of freedom
Before receiving a motorized scooter or wheelchair, you must be examined by your primary care physician. He or she can determine whether or not you have the ability to safely use one of these devices. Your physician will provide a written order that explains why you need a mobility device and that you can safely operate one.