How to Buy a Narrow Wheelchair

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that affects your mobility, you may qualify for a Quantum® Power Chair. Follow these steps to find out if you qualify for a power mobility device:

Schedule a Face-to-Face Examination
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Before you can get a narrow electric wheelchair, you need to get a prescription from a medical practitioner. This can be a physician or physical therapist. Phone your physician or physical therapist and schedule a face-to-face exam. The medical practitioner must first consider the use of other mobility aids such as a cane and manual wheelchair before considering the use of a complex rehab wheelchair. If you qualify, they will write you a prescription and note in your medical record your mobility needs can only be satisfied with a complex rehab power wheelchair, if necessary.

When the medical professional performing the examination has written the prescription, you are ready to take the next step! For information on locating a dealer near you where you can purchase a narrow wheelchair, check out our article on where to buy a wheelchair.

Work with a Narrow Wheelchair Dealer

After choosing a narrow wheelchair provider that you want to work with, have the practitioner fax or mail the written prescription and medical records to the provider. The mobility product provider must receive the written prescription and medical records within six months from the date of the face-to-face exam. Upon receiving the documents, the dealer’s Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) will work with you and the medical practitioner to determine the appropriate narrow wheelchair to meet your needs.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Since a lot of daily activities are performed in the home, such as bathing, dressing and eating, it’s important to determine if your home will accommodate the use of your narrow wheelchair. Your narrow wheelchair dealer will conduct a home assessment either before or at the time of delivery of the motorized wheelchair, to ensure that there is enough access and maneuverability space for you.

Learn the Basics of Operating Your Narrow Wheelchair

When you receive your power wheelchair, your provider will demonstrate how to operate it. Note that the delivery of the narrow motorized wheelchair must be no more than 120 days following your face-to-face examination.

Funding for Wheelchairs

If you are looking for information on insurance, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for narrow wheelchairs, we have some resources for you! Check out our articles on funding for wheelchairs today!

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