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Complex Rehab Technology: Power Wheelchair

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) Power ChairHave you been diagnosed with a condition that limits your mobility? You may be a candidate for a specialized complex rehab technology solution or CRT.

CRT Rehab power wheelchairs augment or replace function while providing support surfaces. They can assist in building and maintaining muscle strength and elasticity and enable improved participation in everyday life.

What is Complex Rehab Technology?

CRT refers to technologically advanced devices that help an individual fulfill their needs and which are medically necessary. CRT components are not off-the-shelf products; they require a custom-tailored approach to each individual, including evaluation, measurement, configuration, fitting, adjustment, and even custom programming.

Who Might Need Complex Rehab Technology?

Candidates for CRT may include people with congenital defects, an adverse neuromuscular diagnosis, or a serious injury. Common diagnoses requiring CRT might include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries (SCI), and other progressive or degenerative neuromuscular diseases.

What is the difference between Complex Rehab Technology and Durable Medical Equipment?

While CRT is usually a fully customized and technological solution to help people with very serious conditions, DME refers to equipment that is more generally available. This can include items like conventional wheelchairs, electric scooters, and even simple devices like walkers and canes. DME items can often be obtained without a prescription from any DME provider, including corner drug stores. CRT equipment almost always has power components and is customized for the individual.

A CRT wheelchair can offer life-altering assistance to patients in dire medical and functional need. Power wheelchairs with CRT can finally make possible the completion of Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living, or MRADLs. Everyday tasks like doing laundry, prepping dinner, getting dressed, bathing and eating may seem simple for an able-bodied person. But for a person with disabilities, a CRT power wheelchair can make such seemingly impossible tasks not only possible, but enjoyable again. Sometimes these can even be accomplished with limited assistance or even completely independently with the aid of CRT.

Do I qualify for a CRT Wheelchair?

If you are living with a disability, have suffered trauma, or have recently been diagnosed with a disability that affects your mobility, your insurance may cover a Complex Rehab Technology Power Chair. To get more information about the eligibility of your specific diagnosis, check with your doctor or insurance company. Your doctor or physical therapist can arrange for a personal evaluation, and your health care provider will then determine whether you qualify. CRT Power Chairs require a prescription and some supporting documents that can then be sent to the chair retailer for fulfillment.

Is Redman Power Chair a CRT Device?

Yes. The Redman Power Chair is a Multi-Option Group 3 power wheelchair. Its one-of-a-kind design provides the gold star standard in power chair mobility. Each chair is custom made to fit the user to optimize comfort and functionality. This chair allows the user to have a full range of motion from standing to tilting back. This unique CRT device is singular in its ability to support organ function; improve circulation; freedom to the user; and much more.

Tips for a Tidy Home – Living with MS

Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be very challenging. The symptoms of MS can make it a struggle to perform basic household chores and completing those everyday tasks can seem hopeless! However, cleaning and decluttering the most lived-in areas of the home can offer surprising benefits for people living with MS.

You can fight the fatigue, reduce stress, and increase positive emotions – with the help of these simple tips and tricks along your way…

MS home tipsOne Room at a Time:

Don’t try to clean the entire house all at once!

Monumental tasks can seem insurmountable if they’re thought of as one huge job. Instead, break up the job into a series of smaller tasks.

Try to schedule a few minutes per day over several days, and keep track of your progress. Attend to a certain room or section of your house on different days, if possible. For example, dust one room a day rather than the entire house. Declutter one kitchen cupboard or shelf at a time rather than trying to organize the whole space at once.

Dishwasher:

You should obviously use the dishwasher as much as possible for any cups, flatware, and dishes. But something you perhaps hadn’t thought about is that the dishwasher can be used to wash more than just dishes! Things like toys, medical equipment, and tools can be cleaned in the dishwasher, too. Baseball caps that would be ruined by a washing machine are perfectly fine in the dishwasher. Just be careful not to put anything in that might melt in high-temperature hot water.

Ergonomics:

Invest in reachers and grabbers that can help with odd jobs  around   the   house.   Some   are   spring-loaded,   and   others  are mechanical.   Most   have   a   “trigger”   that   you   pull   to   activate the grabbing action. These can help you get to items on the floor or other hard-to-reach areas that would otherwise be challenging to grab. You never want to risk falling just to get your hands on a certain item, and this kind of tool can definitely help minimize that risk.

Cleaning Supplies:

Try to keep your cleaning products in a convenient and accessible location. Having all of your supplies on a cart with wheels can make transporting these items around your home a little easier. When it’s time to purchase cleaning supplies, try to buy heavy-duty cleaning products that don’t require extra scrubbing to remove dirt and grime. Pick up rags and cloths that do a better job with minimal scrubbing, and try to use tools with a handle for grip control. If possible, try using a cordless or lightweight vacuum cleaner to avoid tiring out before you meet your day’s goal.

Cleaning Services:

In some cases, hiring a cleaning professional to do the deep cleaning needed around your home is an even better option. Oftentimes, local cleaning companies offer specials or discounts. You can also shop around for online specials. If you are on a fixed budget, try to schedule cleaning once a month to keep expenses down. Make sure to give the cleaner detailed instructions or a list of tasks that you cannot personally reach or access around your home.

Decluttering and cleaning are often where we expend most of our energy, which is described quite well in the MultipleSclerosis.net article titled Every Little Thing.

The mental and physical health benefits we receive from living in a tidy home are worth some extra effort. Small modifications here and there can certainly add up to significant overall improvements in your daily life!

 

Wheelchair Safety Tips

If you’re using a wheelchair, it’s likely because of a debilitating injury or a chronic disease. That means staying safe when operating your wheelchair is vital.

Virtually all modern wheelchairs come with built-in safety measures, but that isn’t a foolproof safeguard against user error. As a user, you can do several things to put your safety at risk while using a wheelchair.

At Redman, we’re a team of dedicated wheelchair specialists. Our entire goal is to provide our clients with high-quality wheelchairs that are dependable. That also means making sure you understand how to use a wheelchair safely.

Here are some of the top wheelchair safety tips…

Wheelchair Safety Tips

Operating your wheelchair safely

One significant way to ensure your wheelchair remains in optimal operation is to service it regularly. Improperly maintained wheelchairs can malfunction at any time.

Every wheelchair is different, so read your user manual to find out the right maintenance schedule. If you own a Redman, contact us directly for an authorized service provider in your area.

Do your best to avoid sudden jolts or tugs on other objects, and be sure to keep loose objects away from the wheels at all times.

Always make sure the wheels of your wheelchair are planted on the surface of the ground. This ensures you maintain proper balance at all times.

Avoid exposing your joystick to rain and inclement weather wherever possible to help maintain its functionality.

Never add too much weight to your wheelchair. Always look at the chair specifications to see the maximum weight allowed for your chair. A Redman supports up to 250lbs unless it has been customized to support more.

A failsafe way to avoid any wheelchair accidents is simply by being attentive. As long as you watch your surroundings, you shouldn’t have too many problems operating your wheelchair.

You can find additional tips for staying safe while operating your wheelchair in these articles at Aquilacorp and Healthnetcafe.


Other questions about wheelchair safety include…

Q: How do you use a wheelchair safely?
A: Always following the manufacturer instructions for use and maintenance while also being careful and attentive are the best ways to remain safe in your wheelchair

Q: What safety precautions should you remember regarding wheelchairs?
A: Avoid leaning forward when operating your wheelchair. Ensure your brakes are locked before exiting your wheelchair. Don’t position yourself too far from the center of your seat.

Q: Can pushing a wheelchair cause back pain?
A: Yes, published studies have shown that pushing a heavy wheelchair regularly can cause lower back injury. So, you may want to upgrade from a manual to a power chair with a remote attendant control.

Contact Redman today!

Contact us today and let us help you stay safe. Our team is ready and willing to customize a power chair to meet your needs! Give us a call at 800-727-6684 to get started.

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Giving Mobility Back To People with Multiple Sclerosis

Giving mobility back to people with multiple sclerosisYour typical standing power chair is an automated device that helps its user move from a seated to standing position and back again. Some standing power chairs also enable users to fully recline.

The Redman Power Chair goes much further. It doesn’t just facilitate standing and reclining, it offers a patented body-positioning system that enables users to enjoy a greater range of motion than other chairs.

Stand Up for Your Health

When power chair-using MS patients add standing to their daily routine, better health often follows. They enjoy better circulation, improved bowel and bladder function, higher bone density, greater muscle and joint flexibility, and enhanced morale.

Many say the improved quality of life is the greatest benefit. From their standing chairs, they can look friends and family in the eye and be taken more seriously.

Sports lovers? They aren’t avoiding the stadium anymore. When their team scores, they can stand up and cheer like everyone else.

Then there’s the man who wasn’t satisfied with merely attending his daughter’s wedding. Using his power chair, he walked his daughter down the aisle and got the reception off to a rollicking start with the traditional father-daughter dance. All great benefits of giving mobility back to people with Multiple Sclerosis with a Redman power chair.

Going Here, There, and Everywhere

Standing power chair users love the fact that they can stand. But they sure aren’t standing still. That’s because they don’t think of power chair life as confinement. Instead, they call it liberation.

And they’re taking that mindset out into the world. Standing chair users are enjoying everything from a regular day at the office to participating in conventions.
We’ve heard from many people who’ve gone hiking – and some who’ve enjoyed scuba diving trips.

Since Redman Power Chair users like to get out and about, the Chief 107-ZRx is designed to help them do just that. The seat base height is a standard 18 inches, making it easy to get under restaurant tables and school or office desks.

Redman chairs fit into a much smaller footprint than competing models. The Redman footprint is only 23 inches wide and 39 inches long, so you can easily maneuver those tight squeezes.

Every Redman Power Chair is custom-fitted to you and can be adapted to a wide variety of terrain. So, if your day includes a walk in the woods or work in your garden, Redman can take you there, standing up.

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The Original, One-Chair Pioneer

In 1984, Redman revolutionized the power chair industry by introducing the first standing chair. That has been the company’s focus ever since. Rather than offering a confusing array of makes and models, Redman builds just one uniquely advanced Standing Power Chair, the Chief 107-ZRx. Our design and functionality improvements have come directly from you – our valued customers – over 35 years.

The Chief 107-ZRx is the only power chair with a patented body positioning system. It’s a chair that’s designed to move with the user. The chair’s versatility extends to operational controls as well. It can be controlled by eye gaze, movements of the tongue or head, by hand, or by foot.

Unlike competitors’ chairs, the Redman system mechanically – and automatically – compensates for body position. With a Redman Power Chair, users can enjoy unassisted standing, reclining, tilting, and stretching. And every movement and position offers positive clinical health benefits!

Giving Mobility Back To People with Multiple Sclerosis with a Redman!

  • We build the smallest, lightest power chairs in the industry
  • Our chairs move intrinsically to mimic your body
  • Each chair is built specifically to fit the individual – no mass production
  • The only mid-wheel standing chair that elevates, tilts, stands, and reclines
  • Unique positions – Yoga, Stand & Stretch, Tilt in Space – that no other chair offers
  • 100% custom-manufactured in the USA by a family-owned company

Redman Power Chairs are proudly made in Tucson, Arizona, and sold all across the United States. We provide our expertise and services directly to you, with no middleman – including evaluation and fitting, delivery and setup with a complete fit/function guarantee, plus repair and maintenance through a nationwide network of trained staff. We offer live customer support 24/7/365 and accept all major credit cards and insurance plans. In fact, we’re one of just a few power chair companies with an in-house insurance department.

Schedule a free, no-obligation in-home demonstration today!

We appeared in this edition of InforMS Magazine!

How to get a wheelchair

How to get a wheelchair

How to get a wheelchairTLDR: finding a wheelchair without the right insurance coverage can be quite challenging. But, there are solutions available to those struggling to obtain a quality chair. One of the guaranteed ways to get a wheelchair is if you have Medicare Plan B. If you don’t, there are several other options. Some of the best nonprofit organizations to get a chair from are: Chariots of Hope, Medicaid, and LifeNets.

Whether you were involved in a debilitating accident or just happened to sprain an ankle while playing sports. Once you’re injured, you’ll need a wheelchair to get around and still be mobile. However, trying to find a reliable one to use for all of your mobility needs can be challenging. There are several chair options for you to choose from.

Finding the right one for you largely depends on the specific features and capabilities you need from your chair of choice. For many people, trying to find an affordable wheelchair can be nearly impossible without the right insurance. Even people with insurance sometimes have difficulty finding a wheelchair compatible with their coverage plan.

If you’ve recently been assigned to use a wheelchair as a result of issues affecting your mobility. You’ve come to the right place because we’re going to give you tips on how to find a wheelchair.

Continue reading to find out more.

Let’s break down how to get a wheelchair

Unless you have the money to pay for your wheelchair out of pocket, you’ll need to use alternative methods. Luckily for you, there are plenty of free programs you can access to buy one that meets all of your needs.

First, before we get into all of the cost-free ways you can obtain a wheelchair, let’s talk about one of the most well-known methods, which is medicare part B. Medicare Part B covers the majority percentage of the costs of electric chairs. Before you can receive your wheelchair, you’ll need to set an appointment to determine eligibility.

To be eligible for a wheelchair through medicare Plan B, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Limited mobility
  • You’re able to operate your wheelchair safely with or without assistance
  • You can’t perform daily activities necessary to live a normal life like dressing, bathing, using the bathroom, or to get in & out of bed

Meet any of the above qualifications. You’ll likely be able to acquire a chair through your medicare Part b insurance coverage. If you don’t have Medicare Part B insurance, there are other options available.

Here are some alternative ways you can obtain a wheelchair at little to no cost:

  • Chariots of Hope- this is a nonprofit movement that donates chairs to those who need it. Before they accept any donated wheelchairs. They must undergo a thorough inspection and repair process. You can only get a basic wheelchair as the service doesn’t offer powered options. ChariotsOfHope.org.
  • LifeNets- this nonprofit organization that takes wheelchairs, not in use, and donates them to people who need one.
  • Medicaid- Medicaid provides comprehensive coverage for wheelchairs similar to what’s offered under Medicare Part B. Medicaid also covers 20% of the remaining costs not covered under your Medicare Part B plan.
  • The Wheelchair Society- this program delivers free parts and entire wheelchairs to residents of the following states: Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

These are some of the most sure-fire ways to obtain a wheelchair if you have limited insurance coverage.

Finding the right wheelchair for you

When going to decide which one is right for you, there are several factors to consider. First, you need to find out what size chair you need. The size of your wheelchair determines how big of a person can fit in it. Also, you need to figure out the weight capacity of your wheelchair.

Your wheelchair’s weight capacity will determine the maximum load before it breaks. But, the Redman Power Chair finds the perfect balance between both these elements. Making it a great option for caregivers. However, since the Redman power chair is standing, it’s not optimal for those with weak joints/bones.

You’ll also need to decide if you need a powered wheelchair or not. If you’re unsure about which configuration is right for you. Go online and do some research to find out more information.

People Also Ask

Q: Does insurance pay for a wheelchair?
A: It all depends on your coverage provider. Some insurance companies do pay for either all or some wheelchair related expenses based upon the coverage rate you have. Medicare Part B medical insurance is one of the plans well-known for covering all the associated costs.

Q: How much does a powered wheelchair cost?
A: powered wheelchairs vary in cost based on the specific features and capabilities you need. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,500-$4,000 for a fully capable chair. That’s on the low-end for powered wheelchairs, honestly. Because once you get one of the leading models, that price can easily exceed $15,000.

Q: How long does a wheelchair battery last?
A: for a fully charged powered wheelchair, you can expect the battery to last about 8 hours. On this amount of charge, you should be able to travel about 10miles in total; in the real world, you can expect to get at least 20 miles total out of your chair.

Understanding how to get a wheelchair

We’ve covered all of the critical and vital information you need to know as it relates to getting a wheelchair if you don’t already have access to one. Don’t let a lack of insurance coverage stop you from being able to move freely. Find your perfect fit for you today!

A Redman Power Chair is a complex rehabilitation chair. Specifically, it is a Multi-Option Group 3 Power Wheelchair and it is the very best in its class! Rehab chairs augment or replace function while providing support surfaces… this can help build and maintain muscle strength and elasticity and enables improved participation in everyday life. Contact us at 800-727-6684 to see if you might qualify!

What is the best wheelchair for elderly

What is the best wheelchair for elderly?

What is the best wheelchair for elderlyActually, there is no “best” wheelchair for elderly people in general. That’s because every older person has individual needs. The needs of one elderly person may be very different from the needs of another. That means in order to choose the right wheelchair for your elderly loved one, you should conduct an analysis of the would-be user to see what areas they are impacted in.

As we age, our mobility becomes limited. For many seniors, a wheelchair enables improved participation in everyday life. There are a lot of wheelchairs to choose from on the market. Each one is intended to provide specific benefits and advantages based on patient needs. For elderly people, it’s essential to get them a wheelchair that’s both comfortable, sturdy, and functional. Before purchasing a wheelchair for an elderly person, there are several factors to consider:

Two of the most important factors are a wheelchair’s weight and width. Sometimes a lightweight, folding chair is needed so it can be easily placed in the trunk of a car – there are many great chairs available with these features. If portability isn’t an issue, the Redman power chair can be a great option because it is the narrowest chair of its type – just 23 inches wide – allowing it to fit narrow doorways and hallways. And even though it is not lightweight, it’s completely self-powered so a caregiver doesn’t have to push it. It also has remote attendant controls that can be hand-held or placed in the rear of the chair making it easier for caregivers to maneuver.

Benefits of Body Positioning for Seniors in Wheelchairs

Since most elderly people also lose strength over time, they may use their wheelchair as a means of support when interacting with the world. A Redman Power Chair is a complex rehabilitation chair, technically known as a multi-option group 3 power wheelchair. Rehab chairs augment or replace function while providing support surfaces. Because the chair allows for infinite body positions at the touch of a button, it can help build and maintain muscle strength and elasticity. It can help strengthen core and leg muscles and help stretch cords and tendons when using different positions. It gives the senior access to physical therapy any time they want!

When considering the comfort of a wheelchair for your elderly loved one, it’s important to gauge how many hours a day they will need to spend sitting and how that may affect their body. Many elderly people suffer from swelling and edema in their feet and legs. Others often get pressure ulcers or bed-sores in areas of prolonged pressure because of so much time spent in one position. A chair that offers body positions others than just sitting will help to prevent pressure sores, reduce swelling and edema, and even help improve circulation and organ function.

Another important benefit to note in regards to the positioning capability of a wheelchair is the ability to lie the user flat. This can not only allow the elderly person to enjoy a mid-day nap in a more comfortable position, reducing neck strain and pressure on the bottom but can be useful for caregivers as well. Should your loved-one require the use of diapers, being able to lay them flat allows for easy changing without the need for cumbersome transfers. This can help keep them clean, dry, and overall happier and healthier.

What is the Best Wheelchair for the Elderly?

As we have discussed thus far, every elderly person has different needs when it comes to mobility. That’s why it’s so important to speak with them to evaluate their needs and thus make an educated purchase decision.

Once you have a clear idea of what the elderly person needs, you can start scouting wheelchairs. There are a few main types of wheelchair options for seniors. Each of them delivers unique benefits that can help improve your mobility with ease.

Here are the primary types of wheelchairs available:

  • Lift Chairs
  • Rollators & Walkers
  • Lightweight Manual Chairs
  • Ultralight Manual Chairs
  • Standard Manual Wheelchairs
  • Heavy-Duty Manual Wheelchairs
  • Rehab Wheelchairs
  • Standing Wheelchairs
  • Electric Wheelchairs

If you’re unsure about which wheelchair type is best for their needs, do some research to find out more about the specific benefits each offers. The health, mobility, and comfort of the elderly person in question should be the top priorities.

Choosing the Right Wheelchair for the Elderly

If you’re able to secure a wheelchair for an elderly person through their insurance provider, you can even ask them about details regarding which wheelchair is best suited for your intended purpose. They will also be able to give you personalized advice on how to choose the optimal wheelchair.

Once you’ve determined the wheelchair features you desire for your loved one, it can be helpful to see if insurance will cover some of the costs. Most insurances will help cover when the need for the chair is due to mobility loss, old age, and secondary diagnoses.

You can call your insurance company for a list of contracted wheelchair providers – the number is typically on the back of the insurance ID card. Then it is up to you to research the individual wheelchair companies to see if their products meet your specific needs. Redman has a highly experienced insurance department that would gladly discuss options with you.

People Also Ask

Q: What is the best wheelchair on the market?
A: The Redman power chair is considered to be one of the best wheelchairs on the market. It’s made in America and is manufactured and sold factory direct.

Q: Which wheelchair is easiest to push?
A: Transport wheelchairs are the easiest to push. That’s because they have small wheels compared to standard wheelchairs. That allows caregivers to push the wheelchair without as much exertion. Another option is a power wheelchair with a remote attendant control.

Q: How long does a wheelchair last?
A: On average, most wheelchairs last about 5 years. The lifespan of a given chair often depends on how well it’s maintained.

Understanding what is the best wheelchair for elderly

In this article, we’ve covered a variety of information to consider when choosing a wheelchair for an elderly person. You can use this article to help you make the right decision about which wheelchair is best to help your senior loved-one attain the mobility and health benefits he or she needs and deserves. If you’ve decided to look into a body positioning power chair, contact us at 800-727-6684 to see if you might qualify for a Redman!

Can a wheelchair fit through a 30-inch door?

Can a wheelchair fit through a 30 inch doorTLDR: standard wheelchair sizes range from 25in-36in, and many of them have heights of about 36in. For most people, a door with a 30in opening is more than enough for standard wheelchair access. In the event that your wheelchair can’t fit through a 30in door, you should consider remodeling your home and widening your door clearances.

Many people who’ve suffered from an injury or another debilitating experience that impacts their mobility use wheelchairs to commute and get around. Wheelchairs make it easy to get around from one destination to another while providing a comfortable seat to keep your body parts relaxed while traveling. Whether you know someone who uses a wheelchair or use one yourself, you know how complicated it can be to access certain doorways.

Choosing the right wheelchair for you

All wheelchairs aren’t created equally, so you need to choose the right sized wheelchair for your needs. One of the significant problems people who use wheelchairs face is not being able to move through doors. Most wheelchairs in production are 25in wide and a height of 36in.

Of course, you find wheelchairs larger or smaller than those dimensions; however, those are the main ones. Sometimes, you can’t help the fact that a wheelchair won’t fit through a particular door or entryway. You’ll have to find an alternative way to access the specific building or area you need to in these instances.

Can a wheelchair fit through a 30-inch door?

Most traditional residential and commercial buildings have doorways made with measurements of 30-32in wide. Since this is the standard door size for many buildings, it’s essential to know whether your wheelchair will fit through it. Informing yourself about the various door sizes out there will enable you to avoid accidents or other instances in which you won’t access specific areas or locations.
For starters, most standard wheelchairs can fit through a 30in wide door with no issue. However, this is just for standard wheelchair sizes ranging from 25in wide to 36in wide. If you have a wheelchair larger than that, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your home to ensure it can accommodate your wheelchair.

Here are some effective and simple techniques you can use to widen your home’s entryway and doorways:

⦁ Remove Trim & Doors- removing the door trim or entire door is a great way to increase clearance in an entryway for your wheelchair.
⦁ Widen Your Door Frames- if you cannot get your wheelchair through the existing doors in your home, try widening their frames.
⦁ Install “Z” or Offset Hinges- offset and “Z” hinges allow doors to swing independently from the doorway itself. They can easily give you an extra inch of clearance. The best part is, they are affordable and easy to install.

Choosing the correct wheelchair for your needs

While it’s not possible in all situations, you can try to get another wheelchair that accommodates your existing doorway sizes. Some people are naturally bigger, so they need larger wheelchairs; however, there is always a workaround when your wheelchair can’t fit through the existing doors in your home.

People Also Ask

Q: Do wheelchairs fit through standard doors?
A: most wheelchairs have an average seat width of about 18in-22in to fit through standard doorways. However, most standard doors aren’t designed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Q: How wide should a door be for a walker?
A: an optimal door size for walkers is anywhere between 34in-36in. However, you’ll rarely find standard doors in these sizes unless they are custom made.

Q: What is the narrowest wheelchair available?
A: the narrowest wheelchair available has a 16in seat width.

Understanding the answer to, Can a wheelchair fit through a 30-inch door

Now, you know how to handle situations where your wheelchair won’t fit through a door opening. Use all of the tips and information we’ve included in this article so you can move around freely without restrictions.

Contact Redman Power Chair today to get the perfect chair to fit your needs

Do wheelchairs have a weight limit?

TLDR: wheelchairs come in three main configurations: basic wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs, and heavy-duty wheelchairs. Each of these wheelchair types come with varying weight limits. Basic wheelchairs have weight limits of 250-350lbs, lightweight wheelchairs have weight limits of 200lbs-250lbs, and heavy-duty wheelchairs have weight limits of 700lbs+. Get an accurate assessment of your physical size so you can find the right wheelchair. 

Discussing the answer to "Do wheelchairs have a weight limit

People with disabilities face various challenges daily; having to worry about whether or not you weigh too much for your wheelchair shouldn’t have to be one of them. When you’re involved in a debilitating accident, your insurance provider and coverage plan will determine how much assistance you get during the recovery process. 

Wheelchairs for recovery

Most individuals who suffer severe traumatic events require a wheelchair as part of their recovery. The downside is that not all insurance providers cover accessories; in this situation, you’ll have to purchase your own wheelchair. There are several factors to consider when trying to find the right wheelchair. 

Variables such as accessibility, features, size, and more determine how useful your chosen wheelchair will be. One factor many people ignore or forget is weight limitations. Although most wheelchairs in production come rated for people on the heavier side, they do come with weight limits that vary depending on the type of chair you buy. 

Do wheelchairs have a weight limit?

You must understand that there are three primary types of wheelchairs available. The categories include basic wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs, and heavy-duty wheelchairs. Each of these categories has varying weight limits, which is vital to consider before making your final decision. 

Most basic wheelchairs have standard weight limits than range from 250lbs to 350lbs. Lightweight wheelchairs typically have weight limits that max out at 200lbs-250lbs. Heavy-duty wheelchairs, on the other hand, come with weight limits starting at 700lbs+. 

Factors to consider when choosing your wheelchair

While your physical size and weight play a huge role in deciding what wheelchair you should go with, you should also consider any accessories you will be carrying while in your wheelchair. Heavy-duty folding wheelchairs are great for people who weigh 400-500lbs and travel often. The folding design allows you to fold and take our wheelchair with you wherever you go. 

For enormous individuals, you should consider purchasing a bariatric wheelchair. Bariatric wheelchairs utilize either aluminum, steel, or titanium and have very wide seats. Bariatric wheelchairs can carry individuals who weigh over 1,000lbs; you can see why this is the best choice for people who are obese. 

Determining the weight limit of your wheelchair

If you already have a wheelchair but don’t know its weight limit, you can check it to find a manufacturer tag that will give you detailed information about how to determine the weight limit. If you still can’t find the weight limit of your wheelchair, you can do a google search with the model number to find out. 

Use a scale to weigh yourself before purchasing a wheelchair; this enables you to get a definitive answer to which wheelchair can accommodate your size and needs. Using a wheelchair with a lower weight limit than your actual size may work for some time, but not long. 

You need to make sure you buy a wheelchair with an appropriate weight limit for your body type. In short, “do wheelchairs have a weight limit? Yes, they do.

People Also Ask 

Q: Are wheelchairs with big wheels easier to push? 

A: yes, wheelchairs that have big wheels can roll smoothly over various surface types. Wheelchairs with big wheels also tend to be much more comfortable than those with smaller wheels. 

Q: What is the weight of a lightweight wheelchair?

A: lightweight wheelchairs tend to weigh in the range of 29-34lbs. Most lightweight wheelchairs utilize aluminum for the primary construction material, making them durable and long-lasting. 

Q: What is the lightest weight transport wheelchair?

A: the lightest weight transport wheelchair available is the Nissin Lightweight Travel Chair. 

Understanding the answer to “Do wheelchairs have a weight limit”

We’ve given you all the facts you need to know about wheelchair weight limits and how to choose the right one for you. Before making a final decision about which wheelchair is right for you, ask these two simple questions: “How wide of a wheelchair do I need? and “Will I be traveling a lot with my wheelchair?”

People also asked

Can you take a wheelchair on a plane?
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Can you take a wheelchair on a plane?

TLDR: People with disabilities are allowed to fly on airplanes, and airlines are required to do so free of charge. Before booking your flight, contact the airport or airlines to speak with someone who can give you the details of their specific accessibility policy. Also, remember to have the model and make of your wheelchair available so they can provide you with supporting details to board the plane.

Airlines do their best to accommodate the needs of all their passengers; however, with so many people on one flight at a time, having various medical, mental, and other conditions can pose a challenge to even the largest companies in the industry. One of those challenges specifically is when it comes to wheelchair accessibility on readily available commercial flights.

Can you take a wheelchair on a plane

Using a wheelchair in your daily life

If you’re someone who uses a wheelchair as an integral part of your daily routine and is interested in flying, the good news is that most airlines allow you to bring your wheelchair onboard. However, before you take your wheelchair on a plane, you need to speak with the specific airline’s support team you’ve booked a ticket with to get the details about their wheelchair policy.

There are also some other important variables that you need to consider prior to bringing your wheelchair aborad your flight. Below, we’re going to give you all of the critical information you need to know about flying with a wheelchair to explore the world freely.

How to fly with a wheelchair on an airplane 

Before you actually board your plane, you need to contact the airline and ask to verify your reservation in addition to inquiring about any special accessibility options that are available to you as a flyer. Frequently, airlines give you the ability to check-in to you flight eight via online, by way of an app, or in person.

Most airlines won’t allow you to bring your own wheelchair on board; however, you can leave it at the check-in, and the airport staff will provide you with one that is suitable for flight. Airlines also recommend that wheelchair flyers arrive at least 1-2 hours before their scheduled flight to ensure they can clear security, make their way to their boarding spot, and check-in their wheelchair and other equipment.

Here are a few helpful tips that you can use to ensure that your next flight with your wheelchair goes as smooth as possible:

  • Consider how you will transition into your seat, you can either use a transfer board or transfer straps
  • Book a seat in the aisle closest to the front of the plane
  • Please take a picture of your wheelchair before boarding the flight so that you have proof of its condition in the event that you have to file a damage claim
  • Try to book direct flights as soon as possible to reduce exiting and boarding the plane multiple times
  • Power wheelchair users need to have the model, type, and make of their chair available when speaking to the airlines

Wheelchair passengers are still required to wait with the other passengers once the plane lands until you will be allowed to exit. As you can see, flying on an airplane with a wheelchair isn’t a complicated process. As long as you follow all of the required steps during the booking, onboarding, and landing phase, you will be able to fly hassle-free.

Things to Remember 

It would help if you still remembered contacting the airport you’re going to be departing from and arriving at to check and confirm their disability accessibility policies. Most airports and airlines clearly state their disability policies on their websites, making it easy for you to get the information you need without calling.

Another essential thing to remember is that if you have the option of choosing between connecting flight or a direct one, always choose the direct flight to cut down on the hassle.

Wheelchair Questions

Below is a list of some common questions we get about wheelchairs and how to deal with them on planes.

Do you have to pay to take a wheelchair on the plane?

No, airlines are required to accept wheelchairs on their flights for free. If your wheelchair is not compatible with the particular plane you’re getting on; the airline will likely give you a wheelchair for free to use.

Can I check-in wheelchair on an airplane?

Yes, you can check your wheelchair in as check-in baggage with most airlines. Depending on where you check it in at, it will be returned to a specific area when you get off the plane. If you turn your wheelchair in at the baggage claim, they will return it to the oversize baggage claim area. When you check the wheelchair in at the boarding gate, it will be returned to the jetway portal when the plane lands.

How do I fly with disability?

You can fly with a wheelchair with a disability in several ways; you can either bring your own wheelchair but need to bring spare parts along with you to avoid any issues.

Conclusion 

Use all of the information and tips we’ve included in this write-up to enjoy flying with your wheelchair conveniently. If you still have any questions, don’t forget to contact the airport and airlines you’ll be using to get the information you need.

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How to get a disabled person downstairs

How to get a disabled person downstairs. TLDR: when it comes to moving a disabled person downstairs, there are several options you have to choose from. One of the conventional transportation methods for disabled people is using a stairlift or stair rail. Both of these modes of transportation come with their own benefits as it relates to how easily you can move downstairs or anywhere else with a disability. Before installing any sort of transportation assistance system in your home, you must ensure that it comes from a reliable distributor authorized to provide installation, maintenance, and upkeep services for the specific machine you have.

Living with a disability is something that no one chooses, however, whether you know someone who has been affected by a disability or are living with one yourself, it’s essential to understand precisely how you should go about transporting that person throughout your home or any other area they need to access.

Accessories and systems for disabled people

There are several different accessories and systems made especially for disabled people, which are designed to make moving around hassle-free. One of the most convenient ways to move someone with a disability is by picking them up; however, this can be very uncomfortable.

If the disabled person is ok with being lifted, you should learn the proper techniques that will allow you to move them as comfortably as possible. For those disabled people who don’t like being moved downstairs, you may want to consider relocating your entire living arrangement downstairs so that you won’t have to worry about relocating to do simple things.

To help you understand how to get a disabled person downstairs safely, we’re going to provide you with a detailed look into all of the important information you need to know.

Some of the best ways to get a disabled person downstairs 

If you decide to use the stairs to transport a disabled person, it’s important that you ensure all of the right safety protocols are in place to avoid any accidents during the transportation process. There are several variables that you should make sure are in order to maintain a safe environment when transporting disabled people by way of a staircase.

Here are some rules you can use to enhance your stairs’ safety and accessibility for disabled people who need to use them:

  • Make sure your stairs are clear of any obstacles or debris
  • Always wear shoes that have an accurate fit
  • Maintain focus when moving down the stairs
  • Your movements should always be slow and careful to avoid encountering any accidents
  • Maintain solid stair coverings
  • Avoid using the stairs whenever you feel dizzy or uneasy

These are all very effective ways for you to make sure that the process of transporting the disabled person in question is as easy as possible. One of the best ways to carry a disabled person downstairs is by installing some sort of stair rail accessory.

Some of the most common stair rails that you can install on your staircase include:

  • Long Hardtails
  • Grab Rails
  • Newel Rails
  • Moveable Stair Rails

Another viable option for moving disabled people downstairs is by using a stairlift. Stairlifts come in various models, including stairlifts with a seat, stairlifts that have a wheelchair platform, and those stairlifts that allow you to stand while being moved downstairs.

Stairlifts come with several benefits that make their operation and functionality much more seamless compared to other options available for disabled people’s transportation. Some of the primary benefits of installing a stairlift include rechargeable operation, control switches, adjustable height, mounted seats, control switches, audible signals, and many others.

Making sure a disabled person gets downstairs safely 

Safety is one of the most important features to consider when installing any sort of stairlift or transportation accessory. Make sure you assess the current condition of the disabled person you are trying to transport to choose the optimal approach compared to what solutions are compatible with your existing space.

Regardless of what kind of assistive tool you decide to install in your home to help disabled people move downstairs, always obtain more than one installation quote so that you can ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. You also need to make sure that the service provider you select is one that is a verifiable distributor.

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How do I make my wheelchair stairs accessible?

There are several different ways to make your wheelchair one that can access stairs, some of the most popular methods include: stair climbers, threshold ramps, accessibility ramps, handrails, or grab bars.

What is a stair chair?

A stair chair is a device that allows you to transport patients who are only able to move in a sitting down position. They also enable people to move down staircases, which may be narrow or confined in space.

What are the top 5 barriers for persons with disabilities?

The top 5 mobility barriers for individuals with disabilities include disability awareness, high unemployment, fair housing, accessibility to doctor’s offices, and public transportation barriers.

Understanding How to get a disabled person downstairs

We’ve covered all of the vital information that you need to know about the various options available to those who need to move a disabled person downstairs. Before deciding which tool or accessory installation will be right for your disabled transportation needs, ask yourself these two simple questions “What is the disabled person’s most comfortable mode of transportation?” and “What disabled transportation accessory will work best for my home’s existing set-up?”

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