Updated: Apr 27
There is actually a graduating scale for the different Medical Mobility that can be used to help provide stable mobility and prevent falls.
For most people it begins with a Rollator (walker with seat, brakes, back rest, and underseat bag or basket). When lower extremities (legs) lack strength or stability, the scale moves up to a manual wheelchair. These are either standard weight, lightweight, or ultra-light weight. The right wheelchair will depend on the user’s upper mobility (arm and shoulder) strength.
Wheelchairs are widely covered by insurance, and this is certainly something that Mobility Plus can help you with. If insurance is not used, then the price is fairly low, and our customer service staff can give you the support you need in making the right purchase decision.
At the top of the scale are Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs , the all-around best items for fall prevention. The good news about Powerchairs is that Medicare, Medi-Cal and just about every other insurance recognizes the benefits of Powerchairs for fall prevention (when prescribed for indoor use).
Both powerchairs and mobility scooters are under the heading “power mobility devices” and they come in all shapes and sizes. While a primary reason to own one is fall prevention, it may simply be to get around safer and quicker (actually this is mostly the case for mobility scooters).
For simplicity sake, the decision to obtain a power mobility device comes in two main categories: “I want mobility assistance in my home” or “I want mobility outdoors” so let’s look at both. (I realize them many people want to use their scooter or powerchair both indoors and outdoors but I would like to profile each situation).
I have used a mobility scooter indoors (because I have the trunk strength and upper body mobility to handle to tiller operated vehicle). I loved it because it was narrow enough to navigate in my home rather well. However, If your need is mostly indoors, you probably want a Powerchair. When I used the Powerchair in my home, the big benefit was turning around in small spaces such as the kitchen. It was the ideal indoor power mobility device.
While many people love taking their Powerchair outdoors to go just about anywhere, the Mobility Scooter LINK is generally more fun outdoors, if your physical condition will support it.
Cost is always a consideration. Powerchairs are insurance covered when ambulation has become unsafe in the home, or self-propelling a manual wheelchair (“all day everyday” is ruled out. This means usually there is no cost to you. Mobility Scooters are self pay, and a great choice when you have sufficient strength to safely operate it.
Mobility Plus of CA has been specializing in Power Mobility Devices since 2003. We offer a variety of different Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs in our Modesto Showroom. We also have a full-service shop serving the Central Valley and Foothills. (Service can be a huge issue, if your supplier is NOT centrally located)!
I encourage you to call or come in to Mobility Plus of CA. (627 Galaxy Way Modesto) Office Staff is available Mon – Fri. to assist you! (209) 552-2244.
When you visit our well-stocked Showroom we will help to make sure that you have confidence in making the right decision!