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$3,999.00 Regular Price

$2,799.00Sale Price

TRAVEL LIGHT AND EASY! The RANGER D09S can be easily folded under 2 seconds, without needing to disassemble.Simply release the lock and press the chair to collapse it. The Chair's only 55 lbs net lightweight aluminum-alloy frame and folding capabilities make it the best wheelchair for those on the go. RANGER D09S's folding feature and light-weight aluminum body makes it the perfect wheelchair for Airplane & Cruises.SMOOTH AND STURDY RIDE! ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. This motorized wheelchair can be driven in grass, gravel, or snow - the shock absorbers ensure a smooth ride on all terrain. The heavy-duty front casters and forks are made to handle the impact of any surface as well as a high weight capacity. Excellent Turning Radius of Only 33 inches -- Gets around tight areas easily.LONG RANGE & POWERFUL! Battery Gets Up to 18 Miles in Driving Distance. / Airline Friendly -- Battery is Allowed for Transport on an Airplane. Transport yourself anywhere you need with Dual More Powerful Brushless motors (2*250W) with bigger rear tires (12.5"), the power needed for hills and inclinesINNOVATIVE CONVENIENCE! The RANGER D09S includes on - off board rechargeable battery and easy detachable 360 Degree Joystick, removable seat cushion and backrest (washable) and flip-up footrest for added comfort.SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! Porto Mobility is a US Company that is committed to offer High-End Power Chairs. All Chairs, Parts and Accessories Backed By Porto Mobility Standard 24x7 Customer Support! Will give you back your mobility freedom guaranteed or your money back. Warranty: 3 years for Frame, 1 Year for Motor, Joystick Controller, Battery

EASY TO STORE - Lightweight storage folding chair without disassembling. The electric wheelchair folds up in 5 seconds and is very compact to fit in most small trunks. Has a handle under the seat for easy lifting.
DURABLE AND STYLISH - Smart silver aluminum aircraft alloy frame, includes matching footrests. This model power wheelchair is very lightweight and durable, and requires no maintenance.
COMFORT ON RUGGED TERRAIN - Ergonomically designed for comfort. Operate this motorized wheelchair in grass, gravel, or snow, with a long lasting battery life and shock absorber for ride comfort. Has a sharp turning radius, make sharp turns easily.
POWERFUL MOTORS – Equipped with two (2) 250-watt motors for a powerful ride. Also includes easy-to-detach cord on joystick to easily remove and place on the right or left side.
TRAVEL EASILY - Convenient for storage and transport for folding feature and light-weight design for easy carrying. Comes with under the seat storage and this electric wheel chair has a removable seat and seat cover for easy cleaning. Warranty information: 3 Years for Frame, 1Yearfor Motor Controller and Battery.

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Discover the “RANGER DISCOVERY D09-S” - The Next Generation of Lightweight and Fold-able Electric Power Wheelchairs - an expertly designed and extremely well crafted frame for comfortable riding, supporting users up to 350pounds to not only meet, but exceed the growing demands and expectations of users who cherish independence, mobility and comfort.. Made for both indoor and outdoor navigating through tight spaces with excellent turning radius, and outdoor equipped with 8" Front and 12" Rear puncture-free Wheels making it’s possible riding thru off-paved surfaces easily. We are aware finding a lightweight, strong and sturdy model isn't an easy task, but we have successfully combined these three important features in one reliable electric wheelchair. If you believe in quality make this Chair yours today!

  • Lightweight aircraft high grade aluminum alloy frame, Safely supports up to 350lbs

  • Take it Anywhere, Convenient for storage and transport, the Ranger D09-S's folding feature and light-weight aluminum body makes it the perfect wheelchair for plane, Cruise Ship, train, automobile, hotel and around the house.

  • Fully recharged in a couple of hours

  • Smart Touch joystick, good for both right and left-handed users

  • Dual posi-traction drive wheels

  • Solid tires - no more punctures

  • Two 250-watt Brushless motors with the power needed for hills and inclines

  • Breathable Removable Seat and Back Cushions will give you the best comfort and Easy Cleaning

  • Intelligent electromagnetic brake (electronic regenerative disc brake) to ensure passenger safety

  • Reliable and precise battery-life indicator

  • 6AH24V Lithium battery (safely taken on the airplane) - chargeable on or off board - A Second Battery can be purchased to Double the Driving Distance.

  • Easy Storage, can be easily folded, Stands Upright (Vertical) When Folded Ergonomic Design, without needing to disassemble, travels light. 2 Powerful Motors Stylish and Durable.

  • Soft seat cushion with ergonomic design to experience the ultimate joy.

  • Operate this motorized wheelchair in grass, gravel, or snow, with a long lasting battery life and shock absorber for ride comfort. Has a sharp turning radius, make sharp turns easily.

  • Dual Brushless Powerful Motors(Quiter, lighter, stronger, life longer) -- Stronger Than Competitors

  • Lots of Great Accessories Available American Based After Sales Support, Headquartered in California, Thousands of REAL and Happy Users Worldwide

RANGER D09-SPackage includes:

1 x Electric Wheelchair

1 x 360 Degree Universal Joystick Controller

2 x Lithium Battery (3rd and 4th Battery Optional)

1 x Electric Wheelchair Charger

1 x Backrest Storage Bag

1 x short Cord to charge the battery off the Board

1 x User Manual

1 x Mini Tool Kit

Comfortable, Clean and Convenient

Ranger Discovery D09Sincludes spacious under-the-seat storage, removable seat cushion and back rest (washable up to 95℃) and flip-up foot rest for added comfort.

  • Weight (without batteries): 50lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Travel Speed: 5 MPH
  • Climbing Slope: 25° Max
  • Travel Distance up: to 16miles
  • Unfolded ( L x W x H ): 38" x 24" x 37"
  • Folded ( L x W x H ): 24" x 13" x 31"
  • Armrest Height ( From Ground ): 28"
  • Seat Height ( From Ground ): 19"
  • Seat Size ( L x W ): 18" x 18.5"
  • Between Armrest(Seatin Area Width): 20"
  • Ground Clearance: 3.7"
  • Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • Wheel Material: Polyurethane (PU)(Puncture free, Solid)
  • Front Wheel Size ( D x W ): 8" x 1.8"
  • Rear Wheel Size ( D x W ): 12.5" x 2.3"
  • Turning Radius: 33"
  • Battery Type: Super Lithum-ion (Airline Approved)
  • Battery Capacity: 2 x 6Ah
  • Battery Voltage Output: DC 24V
  • Battery Weight: 3.5lbs
  • Motor Type: Brushless DC Electric
  • Motor Power: 250W*2
  • Motor Voltage Input: DC 24V
  • Brake System: Intelligent Electromagnetic Break
  • Controller Type: Detachable All-Direction Joystick
  • Controller Power: AC 100-220V, 50-60Hz
  • Voltage Output Current: DC 24V, 2A

Optional 8 Pack Accessorie(Value Package): Cup Holder, Phone Holder, 2 Side Arm Bag, Car Charger, LED Light, Tail Light, Safety Flag.

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"This place put the Beast to the Ultimate test!

It was very steep!

Climbing up was no problem; it tipped back on the Wheelie bars a few times. The Beast kept it under control.

The freedoms I have now to go places and spend time with my Grandchildren are amazing!

I got a cart to pull so I can take my youngest Grandson for a ride.

He loves it!"

Bryan M.

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James William

Verified Customer - Ranger Quattro

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Excited about having this forum to tout the massive change my new Ranger Quattro has engendered in my life!!!

I have been a T5 Complete paraplegic since 1991. I have no sensation or control from the upper chest down so I have been confined to manual wheelchairs since then. Nevertheless I prided myself in staying as fit as possible and wheeled miles each day as part of my fitness

routine. Unfortunately I have suffered some setbacks and over a year and a half ago my health further deteriorated when I developed a condition called Charcot's Joint. As such my independent mobility ended and I had to research the market for a powered alternative. Since I am a disabled veteran, the VA offered me a variety of their powered options but every unit was large, heavy, and unsightly. I did, however, find a number of more portable powered chairs that resembled my manual sport chair. I will attest to the fact that the Quattro is easily the most structurally sound and efficient of all the chairs I analyzed!

VA refused to supply me the chair but, for Christmas, my friends gifted me this veritable lifechanger! Now I am regaining my freedom. I am at the fitness center regularly. I go shopping with my daughter and I race against my granddaughter! Recently my family took me to Monterey and Pacific Grove - we walked and wheeled everywhere! Never once did I need a charge and I can state unequivocally - no hill bested the Quattro!!!

I LOVE this chair. Although rugged and substantial, my daughter can fold it and toss it in the back of my Mazda 2 or her Fusion Hybrid (even in its downsized trunk).

By the way - more people have stopped to ask about the Quattro!!! I should become a sales rep. Lol!!!

Thanks again for your excellent durable chair. On road, off road the Quattro takes me in comfort, dependability, and utmost style!


Jim Ptak EdD

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Richard Felker

Verified Customer - Ranger D09-S XL

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I got my D09-S XL and it has allowed me to be able to get outside my house whenever I want to. It is easy to navigate and the ability to easily fold up and put in the trunk of car has opened numerous things to be able to do. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 250 lbs and the chair is comfortable to use. I also am well pleased with the person I dealt with (AL) when ordering product and after receiving fortaking care of a problem I had. To sum it up ABSOLUTELY would reccomend this powerchair.

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John R. HillVerified Buyer
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Easy to use wheelchair and very convenient for portability.

April 17, 2019

I am a diabetic with constant ulcers on the bottom of my feet. This wheelchair wIll allow me to go places that I have avoided for a long time. The mall, Flea markets, and amusement parks just to name a few. I am 6‘1“ and weigh about 320 pounds and I have no problems fitting in the seat or getting in and out of the wheelchair. The chair is easy to use and folds just like advertised. I love my Porto Mobility Ranger Wheelchair and would recommend it to anyone needing a portable wheelchair.

Update: 5/1/19 Traveled to Florida for business and had no issues taking my Ranger through airport security and to the gate. You need to get a claim ticket at the gate. Folded it up right before the plane entrance, they put it on board and after landing it was awaiting for me at the plane exit, ready to unfold, jump on, and ride up the gate exit. It really travels well if you can fit your clothes in a large backpack as a carryon. I just strapped my backpack onto the back of the wheelchair when traveling through the airport. Wow what a great experience.

BillyJ Nugent Verified Buyer

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May 4, 2019

I have used this wheelchair for almost 3 months and it continues to impress me with the distance the dual batteries provide. I have used it most of the time in my house but on many occasions I have used it outside in grass, gravel, dirt and on my sidewalks. It handles all surfaces with ease and remains stable in pretty sharp turns at a reasonable speed. This is my fourth wheelchair and it is easily my favorite for all around use and is by far the best on uneven terrain or when there is need to go up slopes that are far steeper than any public access wheelchair ramps I have encountered. I am 73 y/o, 5'7" and weigh about 150. I believe my strength is no better than average for my age and size. I have been able to load this wheelchair by myself, although not easily, into the cargo area of my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I find it is much easier to manage with the seat cushion and batteries removed before folding when lifting into my vehicle. My only complaint is that the seat cushion, although being comfortable, is thick enough to affect the compactness when folded but not by a lot and is easily removed if desired during transport. I would definitely buy this wheelchair again.

RachaelVerified Buyer

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April 17, 2019

I have limited mobility. I did a lot of research and finally settled on this chair.

It arrived very well packaged. Was fully assembled (except for the joystick). The controls are very sensitive, so it takes a little practice. It's also pretty fast and best of all, quiet. I was surprised at the weight of the chair. For some reason I thought it would be a bit lighter than it is. But then, I'm not exactly a light weight myself, so it can't be too light. The quality of the chair matches the price. I LOVE MY NEW FREEDOM!!!

GregVerified Buyer

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March 15, 2019

I bought this chair for my mom because neither her full size wheelchair nor 3 wheel mobility scooter has been able to fit all her needs. This chair is a miracle! It has everything she needs! She loved how the chair can turn 360 degree! She can easily move around in her apartment especially in the kitchen area. Last weekend, I took her out of town for her nephew’s wedding. I was able to place the chair in my compact Mercedes c300’s trunk easily! We charged the chair night before and during the entire day she was out riding through all over the place with a single charge! Long range battery is very convenient! At the end of the day, she was still energetic. She said the chair was comfy. Considering someone almost 240lbs riding it thru the day and still feeling comfy is impressive! With this chair, she already looks forward to her Hawaii trip!

Thanks to the customer service. They called to follow up and check if everything was ok after the chair’s delivery!

Ron ThompsonVerified Buyer

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May 4, 2019

I like the chair. It is easy to fold up and get into my van and even open it fits okay. It is taking a bit of doing to learn how to operate it because I have never used a joystick before but it's coming along okay. So far the battery life is great! Since I received it and charged it I haven't even had to charge it again. Your supposed to run it down all the way before charging it again and I'm only about half way. I'm a bit big for it even tho' I meet the weight requirements but my wife says that I need to lose weight anyway so that problem would be taken care of. Quite happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. Ron Thompson

Erik BerridgeVerified Buyer

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April 29, 2019

This electric wheelchair is great, it has large wheels that allow to travel across unpaved surfaces, it seems to be climb relatively steep inclines and has more speed than we will ever use. It is nice that it can be set to lower speeds for beginner operators! We are looking forward to our 94 year old father joining us on walks. With it’s long range, his wheelchair will last a lot longer than we will. The spring rains have kept us from fully testing it’s range, but after three weeks we are pleased. It arrived very well packed, and took under five minutes to put together, with good instructions as well.

Richard BrownVerified Buyer

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April 23, 2019

The chair has proven to be very easy to load into my hatchback automobile. The chair can be folded into a compact package in seconds and at only 46 pounds it can easily be maneuvered into the vehicle. The chair is comfortable and very responsive to the Joystick. I particularly like the separate speed limit control which can be set to slow in crowded situations. Overall it is a well designed, strong, comfortable, and relatively powerful (500 Watts) wheelchair.

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What is the best motorized wheelchair for ALS patient? ›

When it comes to finding the best wheelchair for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, a Broda wheelchair is often considered to be the ideal option for those diagnosed with ALS. Broda wheelchairs provide maximum comfort and support for people with ALS.

What is the difference between an electric wheelchair and a power wheelchair? ›

Electric wheelchairs are sometimes smaller and lighter than power chairs but lack the durability of power chairs which can be driven outside, across lawns, dirt, sidewalks, and more. Finally, power chairs generally have more features and options than electric wheelchairs.

What is the fastest mobile wheelchair? ›

The fastest electric wheelchair is the Cirrus Plus EC, traveling up to 5 miles per hour for a distance of 15 miles. A folding, lightweight frame contributes to the low total weight of 146 pounds.

What are the problems with motorized wheelchairs? ›

Powered wheelchairs can commonly be plagued by electrical issues. Connections can come loose, responsiveness can be unpredictable, and your wheelchair may fail to function properly at all.

How often does Medicare pay for a new power wheelchair? ›

Medicare only covers a wheelchair or scooter replacement once every five years except in limited circumstances. Medicare covers wheelchair and scooter repairs. When you're renting, there's no extra charge to you for repairs because they're part of the rental agreement.

Does Medicare cover electric wheelchair lifts? ›

If you qualify, Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of the motorized lifting device. You'll pay your Part B annual deductible, the remaining 20% for the device and the cost of the chair itself. The total amount you pay can depend on any other insurance you have, where you get the lift chair and more.

What is the disadvantage of power wheelchair? ›

Disadvantages. Power wheelchairs are more expensive than manual wheelchairs and need more maintenance. Because they aren't foldable, they are difficult to transport without a ramp or lift. You also need to charge the battery on a regular basis to ensure the wheelchair is operable when you need it.

What is the lifespan of an electric wheelchair? ›

A well-maintained electric wheelchair can run efficiently for up to 5 years or even more if it is checked and maintained regularly. Often times, electric wheelchairs are built to last for a long period of time. Durability is one of the key components of electric wheelchairs.

How many miles can an electric wheelchair go? ›

As a general guide, some electric wheelchairs will have a range of around 8 – 10 miles on a full charge, whereas more expensive models can travel for up to 20 miles on a single charge. You'll find that the specification sheets for each individual model of wheelchair will give you all the relevant information.

Which wheelchair is easiest to push? ›

The two easiest wheelchair types to push are transport chairs and travel wheelchairs. These wheelchair styles are specifically designed to be pushed by a companion, and both rely on a lightweight frame, simple construction, and narrow seat to make them easier to maneuver while pushing.

What is better than a wheelchair? ›

Mobility scooters are the better option for individuals who: Have some ability to stand and walk. Enjoy traveling .

What is the best wheelchair easy to push? ›

Wheelchair ModelArm LengthProduct Weight
#1 LT-700NT Manual WheelchairDesk Length36 lbs
#2 Tracer EX2 Manual WheelchairDesk or Full Length36 lbs
#3 S-Ergo 125 Ergonomic WheelchairDesk Length25 lbs
#4 Viper Plus GT Manual WheelchairAdjustable Between Desk, Full, and Half34 or 36 lbs
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How often should a wheelchair be replaced? ›

A wheelchair generally has about four good years of life in it, depending on how often it's ridden and what terrain it's mostly used on. Normal wear and tear will happen during that time, but once the first signs of repairs are present, you'll need to closely examine the potential repair costs.

What neurological disorders can put you in a wheelchair? ›

Cerebrovascular disease is the most common neurological condition leading to wheelchair use (25% of wheelchair users have had a stroke). And many other people with neurological disorders spend time in a wheelchair: for example, those with spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, polio and muscular dystrophy.

What makes a wheelchair hard to push? ›

Wheelchair Caster

The caster wheels have an important effect on the performance of the wheelchair. Worn out caster wheels can make the wheelchair harder to propel.

How often should I charge my power wheelchair? ›

We recommend charging your power wheelchair's batteries for at least 8 to 14 hours after daily use. If you use your electric wheelchair less frequently, we recommend charging the batteries eight to 14 hours twice a week for a maintenance charge.

What diagnosis qualifies for a wheelchair? ›

Disabilities may be orthopedic (relating to the bone and muscles) or they may be neuromuscular (relating to the nerves and muscles). For example, some of the more common kinds of mobility impairments are amputations, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and more.

Can you get free mobility scooters? ›

Yes, you may still get a mobility scooter if you are not in receipt of benefits, however, there will most likely be a cost involved. There are charitable organisations you could contact, and make an application for funding.

How do you get approved for a power wheelchair? ›

If you think you need a power wheelchair or scooter, first speak to your doctor or primary care provider (PCP). If your PCP determines that it is medically necessary that you use a power wheelchair or scooter, they should sign an order, prescription, or certificate after a face-to-face office visit.

How often will Medicare pay for a walker? ›

Medicare will typically pay for a walker once every five years. If you need a new walker before then, Medicare also can cover the cost of repairs, up to the cost of actually replacing it. A Medicare-approved supplier must perform any repairs.

Is it better to keep the power of a power wheelchair or keep turning it off? ›

Our mobility specialist will also instruct you to always turn the power control off when your chair is not in use. For safety reasons, Hoveround suggests you keep the power off when transferring into and out of your power wheelchair, and whenever you are re-charging the battery.

Is a power wheelchair tax deductible? ›

Mobility aids such as scooters, wheelchairs, and other people carriers are tax-deductible medical expenses.

Does being in a wheelchair affect blood pressure? ›

Some wheelchairs allow the user to change their seat position, giving them the freedom to adjust for social settings and physical barriers. However, the position of the wheelchair may also impact blood pressure, and how the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body.

Can you overcharge an electric wheelchair? ›

Avoid overcharging your battery.

Make sure it is not attached to the battery charger for more than a 24-hour period. Overcharging can cause permanent damage.

Can I push an electric wheelchair? ›

Where it's suitable with the design of your wheelchair, the electric motors can be disengaged, so manually pushing it won't cause damage. As they're built to minimise dependence on secondary assistance, it's unlikely that you'll need to regularly manually push an electric wheelchair.

How much is an electric wheelchair on average? ›

Typically, the cost of an electric wheelchair can range anywhere from around $1,000 to $15,000. This depends on the brand, quality, size, features, and requirements. However, the average electric wheelchair for the regular user can be expected to be priced at around $2000 to $3000.

How much does it cost to take a power wheelchair on a plane? ›

Traveling with your own wheelchair

It's free to check your wheelchair or assistive device in addition to your checked bags. This includes manual and electric wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and canes. They can be folding, non-folding, or collapsible.

How do you transport an electric wheelchair in a car? ›

Electric wheelchairs can be carried on the back of any car with a bumper-mounted rack. Similar to a bicycle rack, these racks can be fitted to the bumper of any motor vehicle and the electric wheelchair is either hooked on the rack or secured with a bar that is tightened with wing nuts.

How often can you get a new power wheelchair? ›

The typical lifespan of a custom wheelchair is approximately 5 years - depending on the type of chair and the environment where it is being used. Some people live very active lives and put lots of wear and tear on their wheelchair. Power wheelchairs have many actuators and electronics that will break over time.

Is it easier to push a wheelchair with big wheels or small wheels? ›

Mechanical advantage – A large wheel can be pushed by the wheelchair occupant easier than a small wheel. > It requires less force for the large wheel to roll over an obstacle than a small wheel.

Can you still get hard in a wheelchair? ›

The nerves that control a man's ability to have a reflex erection are located in the sacral area (S2–S4) of the spinal cord. Most paralyzed men are able to have a reflex erection with physical stimulation unless the S2–S4 pathway is damaged.

What to look for when buying a wheelchair? ›

7 Important Questions to Ask When Buying a Wheelchair
  • Looking for a Standard Wheelchair? ...
  • What Are the Size and Dimensions? ...
  • Does the Chair Have Adequate Arm and Foot Rests? ...
  • Can I Store and Transport the Chair with Ease? ...
  • Are the Wheels Durable? ...
  • How Is the Chair's Back Support? ...
  • Consider Your Own Personal Preferences.

How much is a good wheelchair? ›

The average cost of a new wheelchair is between $500 and $1,500, but it really depends upon what kind of wheelchair you're shopping for. You can find manual wheelchairs priced as low as $100, while the cost of a power wheelchair can be as high as $30,000.

Is it better to push or pull a wheelchair? ›

Always push rather than pull the wheelchair, whenever possible. When going over small bumps or a floor transition (a threshold or into/out of an elevator), use downward force on the back of the chair to ease pressure on the front.

Can you be in a wheelchair and still walk? ›

Many wheelchair users can walk and stand. Portraying it as a feat of inspiration when a wheelchair user stands up, walks, or dances perpetuates the false idea that wheelchair users can't move their legs at all and that it's always an extremely difficult task for a wheelchair user to get out of their chair.

Does Medicare pay for a wheelchair? ›

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers power-operated vehicles (scooters), walkers, and wheelchairs as durable medical equipment (DME). Medicare helps cover DME if: The doctor treating your condition submits a written order stating that you have a medical need for a wheelchair or scooter for use in your home.

Are big wheels better on a wheelchair? ›

Those bigger wheels are also there to ensure a more comfortable ride, by making it easier to tackle different surfaces such as ramps and uneven surfaces. The outer 'push rim' allows you propel and steer your wheelchair yourself – but it's worth bearing in mind that this requires considerable upper body strength.

What is the best door for a person in a wheelchair? ›

A sliding door with a flat or very low threshold, is probably the preferred choice for a wheelchair. A low threshold no higher than 20mm from the floor works best so the wheelchair can navigate smoothly across. A flat threshold reduces the risk of any trip hazards.

Is it OK to sit in a wheelchair all day? ›

People who spend too much time in their wheelchair are at risk of reduced bone density, osteoporosis, muscle atrophy, pressure sores, spasms, changes in blood pressure, joint problems and even cardiovascular conditions.

How often do you tilt a wheelchair? ›

Tilt recommendations vary somewhat from entity to entity, but the numbers from the commonly referenced Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine, administered by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), advises that wheelchair users activate their tilt systems every 15 to 30 minutes and remain in the tilted position at least one ...

Do wheelchairs need servicing? ›

So, how often does a wheelchair need servicing? Maintenance should be done weekly. Servicing should be done annually (or when a noticeable change occurs).

What diseases limit mobility? ›

These include but are not limited to amputation, paralysis, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, and spinal cord injury.

What is the number 1 most common neurological disorder? ›

1. Headache. Headaches are one of the most common neurological disorders—and there are a variety of different kinds of headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches.

What is the most common mobility disability? ›

Arthritis and Other Musculoskeletal Disorders. According to the Mayo Clinic, arthritis is inflammation and tenderness in one or more joints. Symptoms include stiffness, pain, swelling, and a lower range of motion. The CDC reports that arthritis is the most common cause of disability for U.S. adults.

What posture should I push my wheelchair? ›

When pushing, be close to the wheelchair, have a straight back and push with your whole body-weight and leg muscles. Keep your arms near your body and your elbows bent. When stopped, ensure that the brakes are on at all times. To fully apply brakes: push them until they 'click' on.

What are the three rules for pushing someone correctly in a wheelchair? ›

When pushing a wheelchair, keep your back straight and your knees bent. Keep the wheelchair close to your body when lifting, pushing, or pulling. wheelchair. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

What is an ALS wheelchair? ›

These motorized, high-end wheelchairs (also called complex rehab or Level 3 power chairs) are custom fitted to support your body and postural needs.

How much does an ALS chair cost? ›

As ALS robs a person of the ability to use their limbs, a power wheelchair can help someone living with ALS retain their mobility. The average retail cost for a power wheelchair is $30,000, but as additions and alterations are made to the chair, costs can go as high as $70,000.

Do people with ALS need a wheelchair? ›

On average, a person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) will require a wheelchair to get around within two years of the initial onset of disease symptoms. Findings underscore the condition's rapid advance, and the need for new ALS treatments that work to slow disease progression, its researchers noted.

Do all people with ALS need a wheelchair? ›

If you have difficulty walking due to balance issues, a cane or walker can help you stay mobile. Eventually, almost all people living with ALS will require wheelchairs to get around. Even if you're still able to walk without one, a wheelchair can be useful for longer trips or whenever you become fatigued.

How many years do ALS patients live? ›

Although the mean survival time with ALS is two to five years, some people live five years, 10 years or even longer. Symptoms can begin in the muscles that control speech and swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet.

Can you get disability if you have ALS? ›

Most people diagnosed with ALS qualify for SSDI and Medicare—regardless of age. The determining factor will be your work history. You do not have to be 65 to qualify! If you have worked at least five of the last ten years and have paid taxes for a total of 40 quarters (ten years) or more, you should qualify.

Does Medicare pay for ALS? ›

Medicare and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) coverage

Legislation was enacted in late 2020 that ended the waiting period, allowing ALS patients to get SSDI and Medicare immediately after diagnosis. In 2001, Congress passed landmark legislation to add ALS as a qualifying condition for automatic Medicare coverage.

What is a Broda wheelchair? ›

Broda is a wheelchair company that traditionally offers tilt-in-space positioning chairs with the Comfort Tension Seating® system which prevents skin breakdown through reducing heat and moisture for people in any type of healthcare setting, but commonly used in long term care/skilled nursing facilities or home care.

What is the best medical facility for ALS? ›

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence by the ALS Association.

Is walking good for ALS patients? ›

Although exercise may not improve the strength of muscles already weakened by ALS, strengthening exercises with low to moderate weights, and aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking, and bicycling, at submaximal levels may be important components of an overall management plan.

What do people with ALS struggle with? ›

As the disease progresses, muscle weakness and atrophy spread to other parts of your body. You may develop problems with: People with ALS eventually will not be able to stand or walk, get in or out of bed on their own, or use their hands and arms. Chewing food and swallowing (dysphagia)

Can people with ALS get hard? ›

In other neurologic conditions, sexual function isn't directly affected. Surprisingly, ALS is one of those. "ALS affects voluntary muscle movement, and since sexual arousal is an involuntary response, sexual function essentially remains intact," says Schlossberg.

Is there any hope for people with ALS? ›

There is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a usually fatal neurodegenerative disease that mainly strikes when a person is between 40 and 70 years old.

What do all ALS patients have in common? ›

Not all people with ALS experience the same symptoms or the same sequences or patterns of progression. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced. A gradual onset of progressive muscle weakness – which is generally painless – is the most common initial symptom in ALS.

Can a person with ALS live alone? ›

A Home Care Aide can assist you and your loved one through these difficult changes while enabling the ALS patient to continue to live in their own home, with their own routine, and with as much normalcy as possible.


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