How Much Does a Standing Power Wheelchair Cost?
Power chairs, also known as electric wheelchairs, have revolutionized mobility and independence for individuals with mobility impairments. Far from the days of the manual wheelchair, these advanced devices come in various configurations, including those equipped with a range of reclining and standing positions, to cater to different needs. Naturally, one major consideration for purchasing an electric standing wheelchair is the cost.
In this blog post, we will explore the pricing of upright power chairs, focusing on both regular standing chairs that offer a basic standing posture and Group 3 Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) chairs, which provide tilt and recline and a full stand. We will explore the price ranges of popular powered wheelchair models like the Levo C3 and the Permobil F5 and how the Redman Power Chair is competitive in price and function. And lastly, we will discuss how insurance coverage and Medicare assistance can help to make these life-changing devices more accessible to individuals in need.
Understanding Standing Position Power Chair Options
To better comprehend the cost of power chairs, it is essential to distinguish between regular standing chairs and Group 3 CRT chairs.
Regular standing wheelchairs, as the name suggests, provide the ability to stand, promoting better circulation, pressure relief, and improved social interaction. Put, these chairs have 2 modes: sit or stand.
Group 3 CRT chairs, on the other hand, are highly customizable and designed for individuals with complex medical needs. These chairs include features such as advanced seating systems, specialized controls, and power tilt/recline functions. These chairs, depending on the manufacturer, offer a variety of body positions in addition to sit stand – such as a full recline/laying down, angled tilts, etc. Some offer just a few preset positions to choose from, where the top-of-the-line will allow you infinite points of placement between the seated and standing positions and beyond!
Standing Power Wheelchair Price Ranges
Power wheelchair costs can vary based on factors such as features, customization, and the manufacturer. While reaching out to a manufacturer or dealer for accurate pricing is advisable, we can provide a general range of models based on public manufacturer information.
1. Regular Standing wheelChairs:
Regular standing chairs typically range from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the specific model and customizations required, such as adjustable leg length or an angle adjustable footrest. It’s important to note that these prices are subject to change and may not include additional accessories or optional features.
2. Group 3 CRT power wheelchairs:
Group 3 CRT chairs are more advanced and specialized, thus generally carrying a higher price tag. Prices for Group 3 CRT chairs can start around $20,000 and go up to $50,000 or more, depending on customization options and specific requirements.
Popular Standing/Positioning Chair Models
Notable power chair models that offer impressive functionality and customization options are the Levo C3 and the Permobil F5. Here’s a brief overview of their features and estimated price ranges, as well as how they compare to a Redman Power Chair:
1. Levo C3:
The Levo C3 is in the Group 3 CRT category of standing wheelchairs. It features imported technology and a footprint of 43″ by 24.75″. The base price range for the Levo C3 is typically between $20,000 and $30,000, with options to add on tilt, recline, and standing functions as well as other feature upgrades.
2. Permobil F5:
The Permobil F5 is a well-known Group 3 CRT power chair. It has a footprint of 43″ by 25.5″ and features a front-wheel-drive style design. This heavy-duty power wheelchair comes with a base price range starting from $30,000 and can go upward depending on individual requirements, and the tilt and recline add-ons.
3. Redman Power Chair:
While priced in line with other Group 3 CRT chair manufacturers, the Redman Chief 107ZRx is the only chair made in the USA. Its overall dimensions are the narrowest in the class with a width of 23″ and a length of 39″, plus the mid-wheel design with power tilt, recline, and stand positions all come standard. The patented positioning system allows for infinite intrinsic body positions which is truly unique.
Insurance Coverage and Medicare Assistance
When it comes to financing power chairs, insurance coverage, particularly Medicare, can be a significant factor. Medicare generally provides coverage of up to $15,000 towards the cost of a power wheelchair with a doctor’s prescription.
It’s important to note that Medicare does not cover standing or reclining features. This is where secondary insurance coverage can be beneficial, as it can often cover the remaining cost of the chair.
Some individuals may need some out-of-pocket funds to cover deductibles, however, many people can secure their standing power wheelchairs with low out-of-pocket expenses. To explore insurance coverage and obtain an accurate quote based on your specific needs, it is highly recommended to reach out to the power chair manufacturer or dealer.
At Redman Power Chair, we offer in-house financing and have an internal insurance department to assist you in navigating the coverage process, which are unique services not offered by most wheelchair companies.
Purchasing a Standing Power Wheelchair
Purchasing a power chair is a significant investment that can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with mobility impairments. While the cost of power chairs can vary depending on the model and customization options, it is crucial to explore insurance coverage, including Medicare assistance, to make these devices more affordable.
Remember, reaching out to the manufacturer or dealer is the best way to obtain accurate pricing information and explore insurance options.
At Redman Power Chair, we are equipped with the resources to help make the power chair of your desired caliber attainable.
Advance Your Mobility with Redman Power Chair
Finding the right mobility equipment can be overwhelming. For greater mobility for you or a family member, consider moving forward with a Redman Power Chair!
The Redman Chief 107-ZRx moves intrinsically to mimic your body and offers unique positions – Yoga, Stand & Stretch, Tilt in Space – that no other chair offers. With a long-range battery, intuitive brake system, and reliable back cushions that are tailor-made, the Redman Power Chair is built with comfort and function in mind.
The Only Mid-Wheel Standing Chair with Positioning
The Redman Power Chair is the only mid-wheel standing motorized wheelchair that elevates, tilts, stands, and reclines using an exclusive counterbalancing system, offering a tight turning radius. Travel at 6.5 miles per hour for 15-20 miles with a full charge.
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