Me, My Quantum Wheelchair and Five Questions I’m Asked

I know that us wheelchair users get asked a lot of questions, especially if you have a complex rehab power wheelchair like my Edge® 3 with iLevel® technology. The great thing about complex rehab is that it can be customized to meet an individual’s needs.  Everyone has their own way of using a wheelchair, whether you use a regular joystick or a head array like me. Still, people often have questions about cost, insurance, and so much more. Here are some common questions and answers people may ask about a Quantum wheelchair.

Why Do They Call it iLevel on a Quantum Wheelchair?

People often ask me about the power adjustable seat height on my Edge 3 power chair and why it’s called iLevel. When my complex rehab power wheelchair seat elevates, it raises me up so that I can be at eye level with my friends, family and peers. Having the ability to look someone in the eye when speaking, instead of looking up at them, is a game changer for social situations and gives wheelchair users confidence.

How Fast Can a Wheelchair Go?

The speed of a complex rehab power wheelchair can vary, depending on many factors, such as the weight of the user, the terrain and battery type. My Edge® 3 power chair can drive up to 6.25 mph when in the lowered position. Now, that may not be as fast as you think it is, however, believe me when I say that it’s really fast. When I am elevated at iLevel, the speed is reduced and I can drive up to 4.5 mph, which is still very fast. Learn more about how fast can a wheelchair go.

Does Medicare Cover Wheelchairs?

After an exam, a clinician may write you a prescription for a Quantum wheelchair
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Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party insurers may cover the cost of a Quantum power wheelchair if you qualify. To find out if you qualify, you must schedule a face-to-face visit with your doctor or physical therapist. An in-person evaluation is conducted to determine if you would benefit from complex rehab technology. This would be supported with your medical records. The clinician may write you a prescription for a Quantum power wheelchair. The clinician may also take measurements of your body to determine the wheelchair seat width and depth, length of footplates, and much more. Discover more on does Medicare cover a wheelchair.

How Much Does a Wheelchair Cost?

When purchasing a complex rehab power wheelchair from Quantum, the cost can vary greatly. Quantum wheelchairs are customized with different seating, positioning and electronics to meet the user’s unique needs. The cost is determined by the components selected. An authorized Quantum provider can assess your needs and give you a quote.

Where Can I Buy a Quantum Wheelchair Near Me?

Once you are ready to purchase your Quantum power wheelchair, just contact your closest Quantum dealer. If you don’t already have a dealer, you can use the dealer locator. Typically, a dealer has an ATP on staff, who will work with you and your clinician to decide which power chair is best for your needs. Learn more about how to purchase a power wheelchair.

About Zoe Hernandez: Zoe lives in Meriden, Connecticut. A Quantum® brand ambassador, Zoe attends Abilities Expos and speaks with people about her disability. She is currently enrolled in college and hopes to work in a community one day with people who are just like her. Click here to learn more about Zoe.

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