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
Edge 3 Stretto
The hottest new power base from Quantum Rehab, the Edge 3 Stretto gets its name from the Italina Stretto, which means narrow and the base holds up to its name. Featuring an overall width of 20.75 in. with 12.5 in. drive wheels, the Edge 3 Stretto is the narrowest power base in America, according to the company. The Edge 3 Stretto’s narrow width makes it an ideal option for children, teenagers and small adults. It provides outstanding maneuverability in tight spaces and is equipped with independent SRS (Smooth Ride Suspension). Optional iLevel delivers 12 in. of power adjustable seat height at walking speed (up to 3.5 mph). The Edge 3 Stretto comes standard with LED front and rear fender lights and a USB charger.
Pride Mobility Products
Go Chair MED
Compact, portable and perfect for travel, the new Go
Chair MED* is a feature-rich power chair that disassembles
easily in just a few steps. With feather-touch disassembly,
the Go Chair MED provides lightweight travel,
with the heaviest piece at just 36 pounds, and independence
on the go. A large footplate gives consumers the
comfort they need while the convenient storage pocket
keeps their items close at hand. The Go Chair MED
is HCPCS Code: K0821 Group 2 Portable. *Pride FDA
Class II Medical Devices are designed to aid individuals
with mobility impairments.
Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
QUICKIE Q700-UP M
Standing wheelchair allows users to stand at up to 77 degrees
Combining its Q700 M mid-wheel drive base and
SEDEO ERGO seating system, Sunrise Medical has
launched its QUICKIE Q700-UP M standing wheelchair.
The chair enables patients to experience the positive
health benefits of standing, including maintenance of
vital organ capacity and the potential to avoid pressure
sores. The Q700 chair comes with Sunrise’s new biomechanical
standing seating system that can stand at up
to 77 degrees. Users can take advantage of up to six
programmable memory positions.
Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
JAY Syncra Seating System for SEDEO Pro
New seating system specifically engineered for tilt and recline
To help wheelchair users avoid body
displacement and increase comfort
while reclining, Sunrise Medical has
launched its new JAY Syncra Seating System for SEDEO Pro seat frames. The
system combines a scalloped back shell
and a cushion with a lowered pelvic wall
and deep femoral troughs to keep the
body in the right position while the chair
is tilted or reclined. Clinicians now have
better options for adapting aftermarket seating to powered seat frames, the
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.
Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
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.