Wheelchair Buying Guide​

Transport Wheelchairs

Defined by:
  • Smaller wheels for easy transport in and out of vehicles.
  • Pushed by the riders companion or caregiver.
  • Light weight for easy lifting.
  • Easier compatibility
Ideal use:
  • Traveling around town or around the world
  • Going to the mall
  • Doctor appointments
  • Short trips to the store or other location

Seat size

Transport chairs come in 4 sizes to accommodate the riders weight.

Chair weight

The lighter your chair, the easier it will be to lift, carry and load in and out of a car. Transport chairs come in 4 easy to understand weight categories.

Wheels

Wheels: All transport chairs come with “flat free” rubber tires. There are no more worrying about getting a flat or filling up you tires with air.

Wheel size: Transport chairs tires come in 3 adaptable sizes: 7″ and less, 8″ and 12″. The smaller wheel sizes usually come with the more comparable chairs. Some of our customers like the larger 12″ for extra stability.

Seats

All wheelchairs come with a 1½” fabric or vinyl seat. To make you chair comfortable, or if you sit in your wheelchair more then 2 hours daily, we recommend you invest in a cushion.

Wheelchair Cushions

    • There are 3 types of cushions:

 

  • Comfort cushions: Foam or gel cushions, for comfort
  • Positioning cushions: Contoured cushions allowing the user correct posture
  • Preventative cushions: gel or air cushions helping the user prevent bed sores

Transport Wheelchairs

Defined by:
  • Large rear wheel for added stability.
  • Pushed by chair rider or by companion or caregiver
  • Folds into car or van
Ideal use:
  • Indoor & outdoor
  • Heavy Us on a regular basis
  • Short or long term transportation solution

Seat size

Standard wheelchair seats size offer different width sizes to accommodate your weight.

Chair weight

The lighter your wheelchair, the easier it will be to lift, carry and put into your car. Wheelchairs come in several weight categories. (Please note: the lighter the wheelchair, the more it will cost.)

Seat Height

The standard seat height is 20-21″ off the ground. This will work if you are over 5′ tall. If you are shorter than 5′ you may have a hard time exiting the wheelchair and a shorter seat height will be necessary for better comfort.

Leg Rest

There are 2 types of foot rests. Swingaway removable and elevating removable which allow you to raise your legs 90 degrees.

Note: all leg rests swing away and REMOVE. All chairs come standard with swingaway removable footrests and are included in the price.

If you need elevating leg rests you can order them for an extra charge when you customize your order.

Armrests

Armrest provide arm and shoulder support. There are 3 types of armrests.

A. Full Length (15″) These armrests run the full length of the seat and the shorter desk length (11″) which will allow you to get closer to a table or desk.

B. Height adjustable Some models will allow you to adjust the height.

C. Removable/flip-back arms You may benefit from removable or flip back arm for easier transfer in and out of the chair.

Comfort

All wheelchairs come with a 1½” fabric or vinyl seat. To make you chair comfortable, or if you sit in your wheelchair more then 2 hours daily, we recommend you invest in a cushion.
There are 3 types of cushions Comfort cushions:

Foam or gel cushions: For comfort

Positioning cushions: Contoured cushions allowing the user correct posture

Preventative cushions: Gel or air cushions helping the user prevent bed sores.

Lift Chair Buying Guide

Here you will learn about basic features of a Lift chair. Follow our guide to make this an easy and educating experience.

  • Seat size: Consider your height and weight
  • Seat width: Lift chairs come in many widths to accommodate your weight
  • Seat height: Seat height comes in 4 heights to accommodate your height
 Under 5′Under 5′ – 5′3″Under 5′4″ – 5′10″Under 5′11″+
Under 300 lbs.20″ x 18″20″ x 19″21″ x 19.5″23″ x 20″, 23″ x 22″
Under 350 lbs.23″ x 18″27″ x 19.5″27″ x 19.5″29″ x 22.5″
Heavy Duty 33″ x 21″, 29″ x 21″

Two Way or Two Position Lift Chairs

A Two Position Lift Chair is limited to a slight recline of about 45°, and can recline to any position in-between straight and reclined making it technically not limited to just two-positions. Two Position Lift Chairs are perfect for those who don’t need a full recline.

Three Way or Three Position Lift Chairs

A Three Position Lift Chair can almost reach a full recline (it does not achieve a perfect horizontal line, there is a slight “V” where the back and seat meet) and can recline to any position in-between straight and its fully reclined position.

Infinite Position

An Infinite Position Lift Chair is capable of achieving a fully reclined position. Infinite position lift chairs have dual motors, one for the back and one for the legs, which allows for an “infinite” amount of positions that can be achieved and also allow the user to have their feet higher than the heart.

Shop by upholstery type

Each manufacturer offers a huge ranges of options – in terms of fabric and color.

Back Style

Lift chairs also different models come in different back styles. The button backs are usually firmer than the pillow backs.

Broward Medical Supply offers a wide selection of lift chairs from Pride, Golden Tech and Drive. Additionally, we offer rolling walkers, bath benches, ramps, and wheelchair cushions. Call one of our phone representatives with questions.

Medicare & Insurance

Broward Medical Supply does not bill Medicare or insurance companies and therefore does not accept Medicare or Insurance as payment. We suggest you contact them directly to find out eligibility requirements.

If you would like to take advantage of Medicare or insurance coverage, you generally have 2 choices:

Insurance: We strongly suggest you contact your insurance company first. You can buy from our site or call us at 954-367-7190, using your credit card, and have it delivered to your door in about a week. You will then need to submit to your Insurance:

  • Our invoice
  • Your Doctor’s prescription and diagnosis
  • Proof of delivery (packing slip will do)

Medicare: If you are approved, Medicare will reimburse you (Medicare pays 80% of the cost, you supplementary Insurance will cover the rest) If you do not want to outlay any cash. We recommend that you find a local company that accepts Medicare assignment (up front) check out our DME Supply Store Directory for options. Make sure you fill out the Medicare 1490 Form

It should be noted, your paperwork must be filled out, submitted and approved before you receive any equipment. Additionally, Medicare and insurance will likely only approve specific equipment for use, i.e. you’ll have little or no choice.


Eligible products for reimbursement

Reimbursement Criteria

In order to be approved for Medicare reimbursement, specific criteria must be met. These criteria vary from category to category. Below is an overview of the criteria used by Medicare to determine eligibility by category.

Lift Chairs

Medicare only covers the seat-lift mechanism, but not the actual chair itself. The reimbursement amount is roughly $300 depending on the state in which the beneficiary is located if the coverage criteria are met.

A lift chair is considered medically necessary if all of the following coverage criteria are met:

  • The patient must have severe arthritis of the hip or knee, or have a severe neuromuscular disease.
  • The seat lift mechanism must be a part of the physician’s course of treatment and be prescribed to effect improvement, or arrest or retard deterioration in the patient’s condition.
  • The patient must be completely incapable of standing up from a regular armchair or any chair in their home.
  • Once standing, the patient must have the ability to walk.
  • By Medicare standards, the fact that a patient has difficulty or is even incapable of getting up from a chair, particularly a low chair, is not sufficient justification for a seat lift mechanism. Almost all patients who are capable of ambulating can get out of an ordinary chair, if the seat height is appropriate and the chair has arms. Medicare requires that the physician ordering the seat lift mechanism must be the attending physician or a consulting physician for the disease or condition resulting in the need for a seat lift.

The beneficiary may qualify for reimbursement for a power wheelchair or mobility scooter if the following general criteria are met:

  • The beneficiary must have a mobility limitation which prevents them from performing one or more mobility-related activities of daily living in the home, including toileting, eating, bathing, and grooming.
  • There can not be other conditions that limit the beneficiary from performing mobility-related activities of daily living at home, such as significant impairments of cognition or judgment and/or vision. This only applies if these other conditions can not be solved through other means, including caregiver support.
  • The beneficiary must demonstrate the capability and the willingness to consistently operate the device safely.
  • A cane, walker, or manual wheelchair will not provide the necessary functional mobility.
  • The beneficiary’s environment must allow for the use of a power wheelchair or scooter in all areas where the mobility-related activities of daily living are customarily performed.
  • For a scooter, the beneficiary must have sufficient strength and postural stability to operate the scooter.
  • For a power wheelchair, the additional features provided by a power wheelchair must be required by the beneficiary in order to perform one or more mobility-related activities of daily living.

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