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Powered Wheelchairs – Improving Mobility

Powered WheelchairsFrom heavy-duty to travel products, powered wheelchairs provide an outstanding benefit to an individual who is unable to move on his or her own like they desire. If you are struggling with mobility, these chairs offer a way for you to get back into your life again without physical risk.

For powered wheelchair selection, there are a variety of products available, each with ample features. Here are a few things to think about in your research:

Size and Function Matter Most for Wheelchairs

How often and where are you most likely to use your powered wheelchair? This defines the type of chair you need. A travel power chair is one option, ideal for those who need to go out routinely and who need basic help. However, power chairs with a larger design and more comfort are ideal for at home day-to-day use. Overall, be sure to choose a chair designed to accommodate your weight needs. Generally, a standard wheelchair can hold up to 300 lbs. while heavy-duty wheelchairs can support up to 600 lbs.

Powered Wheelchair Features to Consider

In looking at powered wheelchairs, many people worry about movement control. Most powered wheelchairs are controlled by a joystick and have programming controls that can be sophisticated. The key is to learn how each system works based on the amount of control you need plus how much and what type of control you can maintain.

Advantages of any type of powered wheelchair is no minimum strength is required and you can go great distances without getting tired. Just remember a powered wheelchair requires regular battery charging.

Another choice you will have is different drivetrains (mid, front or rear). Drivetrains can be a personal preference but should be considered based on the terrain that will be covered most often whether carpet, grass, dirt or pavement.

Also look at the durability of the product and features like automatic brakes or if the wheelchair has a shorter wheelbase that can help to improve maneuverability.

If you are ready to find options to fit your wheelchair needs, contact our knowledgeable team at Homepro Medical to discuss them at (800) 437-3677. Or, simply place an order for our powered wheelchairs online.

Buying a Hospital Bed Versus Renting

A person may require a hospital bed at home for a number of different reasons. Perhaps, you as a care giver have chosen not to place a family member or friend in a care facility, or your loved one may have returned home from surgery and will benefit from this type of bed. Whatever the reason, if you are considering replacing a current bed with a special hospital bed, you may be contemplating whether it is best to purchase a new hospital bed:

Or you can chose to rent a hospital bed in any of the categories above.

At Homepro Medical Supplies, we offer a range of high-quality hospital beds for sale and rent.

Although a seemingly less expensive option at the outset, renting a hospital bed can quickly become more expensive if the rental period is extended beyond a short period of time. For this reason and others, purchasing a hospital bed can be a better investment than renting. Some of the reasons include:

New Equipment and Warranties

New, out-of-the-box equipment carries fresh, full warranties. At Homepro Medical, we also offer white-glove assembly services ensuring that not only is the equipment new, but it is working perfectly.

Rental Cost is Higher Over Time

Both renting and buying a hospital bed is an expense. However, even if you only need a bed for a few months, you may spend more to rent versus purchasing to cover the period of time needed. The math will help in your decision as will the fact that many people who buy do off-set some of the expense if they decide to sell their used hospital bed. This turns buying a hospital bed into more of an investment versus expense.

Possible Limited Availability

It is possible that others are also looking at hospital beds for rent at the same company, or the selection may be limited. Therefore, your rental options may be limited as well. However, if you purchase a hospital bed, you evaluate your options and order the one with the features you need.

Rental Rules

When you rent a hospital bed, you must ensure that all the rules related to using the bed and returning it in the same condition are followed. When you purchase, however, the bed is yours to do with according to your particular preferences in terms of modifications and more.

Whether you are looking for an Invacare full electric hospital bed, Transfer Master bed, or some other model, we provide a wide range of options to meet your needs.

To learn more about your options when it comes to hospital beds, check out the selection we offer on our website, or call us today at 800.437.3677.

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