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
Power wheelchair connects with Bluetooth app to drive remotely, manage speed
Driving across rough terrain is not a problem
for the WHILL Model Ci power wheelchair,
equipped with large wheels and two powerful
motors that make for smoother rides. The
wheelchair is also connected to mobile devices
through Bluetooth app controls that allow the rider to drive remotely, lock and
unlock and manage speed settings from their phone. Users can also quickly
disassemble the chair into three components (seat, front driver base and rear
driver base) that can easily fit into a car trunk. Accessories include smart keys, lap
belts, footrest adapters, and spare batteries.
Merits Health Products, Inc.
Rehab and Pilot
Merits shines spotlight on products, plus two new divisions
In addition to its line of power wheelchairs, scooters,
manual wheelchairs and beds, Merits Health Products
items will showcase its two new divisions, Avid Rehab and Pilot. Avid Rehab is focused on developing high-end
complex rehab products. Pilot is Merits’ home
access division, which is focused on making patients’
homes accessible. Also on display will be recent offerings
from the core brand, such as its single power
option, Group 2 power wheelchair, the Vision Ultra.
QUICKIE Q700 SEDO PRO
Sunrise announces new power wheelchair
The new QUICKIE Q700 SEDO PRO from Sunrise Medical is an adjustable mid-wheel drive power wheelchair for moderate to complex clinical needs. The SEDO PRO combines a highly adjustable seat frame with a choice of support and positioning options, and users can choose from four backrest options and a variety of footrest options. The QM700 M mid-wheel drive base allows for travel over uneven terrain with its SpiderTrac 2.0 suspension and climb curbs up to 3 inches.
Stylish power mobility device offers handy Bluetooth features
WHILL’s Model Ci It disassembles for easy transport, offers indoor/outdoor versatility, and is equipped with Bluetooth BLE4.2 and mobile data technology for additional peace-of-mind and quicker support. Whether experiencing fatigue or to simply move the device out of the way, the iPhone app lets users and caregivers remotely control the device. Users can also lock and unlock the device to prevent unwanted usage and access real-time device diagnostics.
SHOPRIDER Mobility Products, Inc.
Group 2 chair focuses on stability and handling
Shoprider’s XLR14, a Group 2 Complex Rehab Power Wheelchair, comes equipped with 14 in. Drive Wheels and a self-adjusting mid-wheel drive suspension system that is accompanied by four independently suspended front and rear casters. This adds stability via six points of contact with the ground, and a smooth driving experience that will handle virtually any driving surface. Equipped with our power tilt seating system, the XLR 14 has 50˚ of tilt available. The XLR 14 also has a flip forward seat for easy battery access, long-range battery options, and a 300 lb. weight capacity. (Read more about these chairs.)
All-terrain vehicle takes users to the outdoors
The Zoom is a four-wheel drive, all-terrain mobility vehicle designed to make outdoor recreation more accessible to wheelchair users. It is capable of handling many types of off-road conditions, like snow, sand, hills and rocky terrain. On a smooth surface, the Zoom batteries will last up to 25 miles, and for rougher terrain, the battery life will range from 15-19 miles. The Zoom’s maximum speed varies by market with the maximum speed set to either 12 mph or 9.3 mph and the optional high-/low-speed selector with reduced speeds set to 3 mph to 6 mph.
KD Smart Chair
Portable power chair ships ready-to-roll
The Special Edition (SE) folding power wheelchair is made of a durable, lightweight aluminum alloy that supports passengers weight of up to 330 lbs. The portable SE Chair folds and unfolds with a push of a button and weighs 59 pounds, which makes it convenient for transport, travel and storage. The SE model also includes a 12 inch rear wheel system for better performance on all surfaces. This FDA-approved power chair ships directly from Florida fully assembled, and once charged is ready to go.
Golden Technologies intros next-gen LiteRider
Golden Technologies is rolling out the GP162 Envy, the next generation in its LiteRider series. Placing a premium on comfort features that will help retailers drive cash sales, the Envy offers a larger foot plate and redesigned style with a decorative color shroud. Colors include Cherry Red and Paradise Blue, along with limited edition vibrant colors including Envy Green, Solar Flare Orange, Sunburst Yellow and Satin Silver. The chair has a turning radius of 28.5 in., and features two 22 amp-hour batteries for an operating range of up to 15.5 miles.
New levels of comfort and performance in a power chair
The 4Front by Quantum Rehab sets new levels of comfort and performance in front-wheel-drive power chair technology. Featuring automotive-grade suspension, the 4Front delivers among the smoothest rides, dampening bumps and jarring on rough terrain for increased user comfort. Advanced drive tracking provides predictable handling indoors and out. Group-34 batteries allow up to a 16-mile range, and safe seat elevation provides up to 12” of lift while driving at 3.2 mph.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Titan AXS Mid Wheel Drive Powerchair
Turn on a dime in mid-wheel powerchair
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has announced the addition of the Titan AXS Mid-Wheel Drive Powerchair to its Power Mobility Product Line. The mid-wheel design allows the user to turn on a dime while the unique frame design keeps all six wheels on the ground at all times to provide stability and maneuverability. Equipped with the latest technology, the Titan AXS combines true U1 batters with Bluetooth in a programmable controller for easy troubleshooting and service.