Power chairs provide mobility to a wide variety of patient
groups. From individuals with temporary injuries to those with
long-term and life-long disabilities, such as ALS, muscular dystrophy
and MS, benefit from using power wheelchairs.
The industry is in the midst of upheaval because of funding cuts
and legislative regulation. The major, recent hits to power mobility
have come with the ongoing tribulation of competitive bidding, as well
as the recently passed healthcare reform legislation: the elimination of
the first-month purchase option; the manufacturer’s excise tax; the rebid
of Round One of competitive bidding, and the expansion of Round
Two competitive bidding program, which covers standard power
mobility (complex rehab fortunately was carved out of the program).
Despite these changes in the business environment, the potential
power chair client base is a demographic whose numbers are growing
at an exceptional rate. Statistically, baby boomers, which constitute
27 percent of the U.S. population, are turning 62 at a rate of
365 people per hour. Their increasing numbers make the standard
power mobility market a very viable segment industry
TDX Spree wheelchair
Some of the feeback Invacare received at Medtrade on its TDX Spree wheelchair included: “This chair is a Home Run. I love it. I can see many of my patients using this chair. Low seat to floor height. Wow, 5” of elevate – standard! Can I have it now?”
— Julie Jackson, group product manager, custom power and seating
The TDX Spree wheelchair is a distinctive and fun Group 3 pediatric power wheelchair. The TDX Spree gives children access to areas that were not previously reachable by ensuring a smooth ride in everyday terrain. Its center-wheel drive technology gives the driver intuitive maneuverability. It also features powered height adjustment of 5” low starting seat to floor height of 14.5”, Medium and Tall of 16.5” and 18.5” respectively; transport tie down options, 45-degree manual tilt or power tilt option and 4.8 mph top speed.
Pride Mobility Products
Jazzy Select 6
Provides maximum front stability, combined with the advantages of inline motor technology. Active-Trac Suspension and 6” front and rear casters create superior performance indoors and outdoors. A wide range of standard convenience features make the Jazzy Select 6 easy to operate. Also designed to be easy to service (e.g., tool-less front-panel access to electronics and side-access batteries).(800) 800-8586
Innovation in Motion
X-5 Frontier Power Chair
Combines mid-wheel maneuverability (thanks to a 21.5” turning radius) indoors with all-terrain abilities outdoors. Traverses sand, snow, mud and gravel with ease and precise handling. Designed for active end-users who want a versatile power chair capable of both aggressive outdoor recreation and indoor maneuvering and functionality.
21st Century Scientific Inc.
The H-style base frame of the Bounder Plus power wheelchair from 21st Century Scientific uses 2.5x1.5x0.125" wall steel and is TIG welded for strength and durability. The standard Super Torque 3 motors deliver performance with a top speed of 11.6 mph. Adjustable suspension forks made of ¼" thick steel and using a 1" diameter stem, provide impact dampening and seat tilt adjustment. Tires are available in smooth or knobby tread. Built-in taillights turn on and off with chair power for added safety.
- Available in two weight capacities up to 450 lbs.
- Equipped with 30.5" turning radius
- Optional air suspension alleviates pain at pressure points
- Custom built on request
The Q600 series from Quantum Rehab features a new Medicare code structure. Positioned in the new Group 2 and 3 single and multiple power codes, the Q600 delivers the right rehab solution to a diverse set of users on a single power base offering. The product features Mid-Wheel 6® technology that uses front OMNI-Casters that drop down to make initial contact with the ground when descending obstacles. The spherical-shaped, nylon OMNI-Casters, front and rear, prevent hang-ups.
RS Rehab Seating System
The RS Rehab Seating System from Permobil offers a multitude of power seat functions that accommodate most postures. The intelligent control system lets users program up to three memory positions and enables synchronized movement of the Vari-Smart actuators. These features allow for real-time positioning and eliminate the need for mechanical limit switches. The VerteFlex back flexes and rotates to provide a custom fit, while the ErgoCentric tilt and recline feature provides 75 degrees of full-motion tilt and low-sheer recline.
What Clients Will Love: Blends stability, maneuverability and obstacle-climbing ability
Why It Works:
- Articulating frame design puts all six wheels on the ground at the same time
- Accepts all Golden seats with easy removal and installation
- 24.5 inches wide with 19-inch turning radius
Graham-Field Health Products, Inc.
Everest & Jennings® Everest Lite
What Clients Will Love: This sporty traveler is ready to go with quick, easy disassmebly
Why It Works:
- Four components weigh less than 35 lbs. each
- Flip-back, adjustable-width arms
- Supported by PGDT™ VR2™ controls
Mid Wheel Power Wheelchair
What Clients Will Love: A non-tip, pressurized foot plate hydraulically adjusts with foot pressure for added stability
Why It Works:
- Suspension system keeps all wheels in contact with the ground
- Tilt adjustable chair folds down
- Designed for easy access to electronic components