In order to travel with a power wheelchair you must be able to get in and out of the chair. If you are not able to do this then a travel sized powered wheelchair such as the Go-Chair will not be a good choice for you. Most components of travel sized power wheelchairs are light and extremely easy to disassemble and reassemble. However, some parts require much more lifting and assistance to ensure proper transport and assembly. Below are a few tips for traveling with a power wheelchair.
Traveling with a Power Wheelchair
It is important to realize that travel sized power wheelchairs are not the recommended devices individuals prescribed with more complex mobility issues should use. The point is there are options available regardless of how severe your mobility issues are. For instance, it is much easier for anyone who owns and operates a powered mobility device to travel with it. The use of wheelchair ramps and lifts makes traveling with a power wheelchair possible. Ramps help make navigation to and from a building to a vehicle and vice versa much easier. Lifts assist in carrying a wheelchair and providing easier access to entrances in home and buildings. In addition to this, there are even wheelchair accessible vehicles making traveling with a power wheelchair much easier.
Power wheelchairs are designed for comfort and also convenience. Many of these chairs also come with compartments to store other medically necessary equipment such as canes, walkers, crutches, oxygen tanks, etc. making traveling with your power wheelchair more convenient.
Before you Travel
If you use a power wheelchair there are a few things you can do to make sure your travel time is a smooth as possible. Before any trip, make sure your power wheelchair is in good working condition and the batteries are fully charged. It would not be pleasant if the batteries died mid-trip. However, it is understandable that some things do happen. For that reason, keep an emergency kit that includes your provider or repair technician’s information just in case something unexpected does happen.
When traveling by airplane, be sure and contact the airline at least 48 hours before your departure time. This way they can prepare for your arrival and will minimize last minute surprises concerning your accommodation. If you traveling internationally, be sure and bring your adaptive equipment in order to charge your battery.
Traveling with a power wheelchair is easier now than it ever has been. If you are suffering from limited mobility and could benefit from the use of power wheelchair we can help! Aeroflow Healthcare accepts both Medicare and Medicaid and has helped thousands of patients just like you qualify for their power wheelchair through insurance. Simply fill out our online qualification form or give us a call at 888-345-1780 and you will be on your way to regaining your independence today!