MDA Mailbag Spring 2011

More on the benefits of standing wheelchairs

by on March 31, 2011 - 9:37am

QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2

Your article on standing wheelchairs (Stand Up and Go, January-March 2011) was appropriate, but I do have the following suggestions:

  • For more specifics on the benefits of standing, your readers may want to visit RESNA: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. The information available on this website can also assist doctors and physical therapists when providing evaluations for Medicare or insurance forms.

    I recommend their article “RESNA Position on the Application of Wheelchair Standing Devices.”

  • People should allow six months additional time when acquiring a standing wheelchair and using Medicare. I now have a Redman standing powered wheelchair, which Medicare paid half of the $55,000 cost. I started working on getting the Redman chair in April 2010, and it was delivered in December 2010.

    Redman was very helpful in providing forms and other information for the doctor and physical therapist to complete their evaluations, but still a lot of extra time is required.

  • People should know that Medicare only allows purchasing of a powered wheelchair once every five years, so if you have a degenerative neuromuscular disorder, proper planning and scheduling for its acquisition would be a good idea.

    I started using a standard powered wheelchair four years ago (I didn’t use Medicare to pay for it), but I was too optimistic about my degeneration rate.

David Sweetman

Dyer, Nev.
Inclusion-body myositis

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