For some, a wheelchair ramp is necessary to travel with their mobility device. If a home has one or two steps connecting rooms, or the porch does not seamlessly lead into the driveway, a wheelchair ramp makes difficult areas accessible for people with scooters or other mobility devices.
Building wheelchair ramps is a simple process. Our provider Pride Mobility makes this easy by providing ramps that fold together. Ramps are the measured as the length from the top step straight to where the ramp will end up on the ground. They come as a single piece and are folded and moved without issue. These wheelchair ramps are designed so that they will hold the weight of the patient and mobility device while still being portable.
When a patient needs a wheelchair ramp, we request that they take this measurement from the top step to the ground. Once we have this measurement, we call our partner Pride Mobility and request a quote for the ramp that they will provide. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not cover ramps as they are not considered medically necessary for the function of a mobility device. If a doctor prescribes a scooter or power chair, part of the testimony the doctor made states the home environment will support the device.
Power wheel chairs require accessories like ramps if a patient plans to use their device to travel outside of the home. Another device that is helpful for travelling with power chairs and scooters is a wheelchair lift. These lifts attach to the back of a vehicle and are available to use with or without a functioning hitch and are perfect for mobility devices that do not fold up for transport.
Though insurance does not cover the cost of these accessories, wheelchair ramps and lifts make travel with a power chair or scooter easier. They are an option that can be readily provided.