Mobility rentals vs. buying mobility equipment

Many of our existing and prospective customers often approach us with one important question.

Should I rent or buy a mobility product?

Mediplus Mobility offers people in South Florida both options– mobility rentals and home healthcare products for sale. So how do we help to better inform our customers’ decisions?

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Here are a few pointers that will help you answer that dilemma.

  1. Will you use your wheelchair, home hospital bed or scooter for example for the foreseeable future or for a limited period of time (e.g: recovery)?                                         Depending on the condition that your or a loved one are living with, your doctor or therapist will likely be able to guide you as to the timing of your need for assistive devices. If you live with a chronic or degenerative disease or experience severe physical impairment, you will most likely benefit from the purchase of a mobility device. In this situation, when looking at the cost-benefit ratio, you will find that after 3-4 months of rental, the value of your device will likely be paid off. If you are undergoing recovery from surgery on the other hand, a rental will be an excellent choice for you a you can order the product and extend its rental period for as long as it takes you to get back on your feet again.
  2. What kind of service will you most benefit from? At Mediplus Mobility, your satisfaction is our number one priority. When you rent a device from us, you quickly learn that any product defect you might be experiencing– whether it be structural or mechanic (and as long as it is not inflicted by misuse or abuse of the device) will be dealt with by our service staff in a timely manner. Your bed motor broke down? The back of your wheelchair needs to be adjusted for firmness? Our technicians will help you with your devices at no cost. When you purchase a product from us, you can expect the same level of responsive service. However, depending on the warranty conditions of you specific mobility aid, there may be costs incurred as the result of service visits by our team.
  3. Are you looking for bathroom equipment? Many mobility companies will rent you pre-used bathroom equipment. At Mediplus Mobility, we understand that some individuals may find it advantageous to use an elevated toilet seat or commode for a limited amount of time before returning it to a provider. Our company however, believes that no mobility supplier can guarantee the 100% hygiene of bathroom products. That is why our leadership has decided to exclude such products from our rental program and instead, retail bathroom safety equipment at excellent prices.

PLUS- OUR ONE MONTH TRIAL PERIOD! If you are looking to buy a home hospital bed or patient lift for example, and are not sure if you will want to keep the device in the long term, we offer you the option of renting it and trying it our for one month– if within the first 30 days of your rental period, you decide that you want to keep it– we deduct your first-month rental fee from the device’s purchase price! (Some conditions apply).

We hope that the above guiding questions will be of assistance when deciding whether you are looking to purchase or rent a mobility device. If you require further assistance in making that decision or wish to obtain more product and pricing information, you can visit www.mediplusmobility.com or call us toll free at 1(855)819-5050. Hablamos Español! 

 

What a Medical Air Mattress can do for you

Most hospital bed users will find comfort and healing in the use of a therapeutic, pressure prevention mattress. But individuals whose mobility is severely restricted, are especially at risk of developing bedsores and pressure wounds– resulting from the lack of ventilation and rubbing of skin that cannot move on the surface of a standard mattress. If you or a loved one are in the process of or have developed pressure soars, it might be the right time to consider the purchase or rent of an air mattress.

Medical Air Mattress by Drive MedicalBedsores can be extremely painful and severely damage the patient’s skin. The main advantage of the medical air mattress is that it is able to shift or alternate pressure points, keeping the individual’s body in movement while they rest. The alternating pressure is achieved via a programmable air pump which inflates and deflates certain sections of the mattress to ensure that the patient never experiences excessive pressure on any points of their body.

A great option that is now available with many medical air mattresses is low-airloss technology. Mattress manufacturers puncture hundreds of laser holes throughout the mattress that allow tiny amounts of air to slowly escape. This feature gives patients the feeling that they’re “floating on air” and helps to keep them cool (moisture management) and dry all the time.

It is important to consider that even though air mattresses have alternating pressure technology, this doesn’t meant that the device itself loses firmness. Mediplus Mobility’s sturdy medical air mattresses are built with durable materials that will ensure the use of your new mattress for years to come. They are perfect for use with any of our home hospital beds.

Visit our website today or call one of our experts to find a budget-friendly and quality air mattress option. Our company offers medical air mattresses for sale. If you’re looking to rent an air mattress, we also offer a convenient program ideal for patients who are recovering from surgery or injury and will need the device for a limited amount of time.

How to make your bathroom a safe space

Bathrooms can be tricky places to navigate. Slippery and uneven surfaces, as well varying heights of toilets, sinks and access to showers/bathtubs can present difficulties for anyone experiencing a mobility impairment or lack of physical stability.

Luckily, our nation’s top manufacturers of bathroom safety equipment have devised products that can simplify that experience and make sure that your bathing or toileting experience is as safe as possible.

Grab bars are a reliable option for individuals– for example– who need added stability when entering or leaving their bathtubs or showers. Not only will they find support in a grab bar that’s affixed to the wall and features metallic construction, but they will also achieve better balance. Grab bars can also be installed inside a shower stall or tub wall. These are ideal for individuals who are also in need or a bit more support when moving through their hygienic routine. Another great placement for a grab bar is next to the toilet as it provides a supporting aid for individuals lowering themselves or trying to get up from that sitting position. Grab bars come in chrome and white powdered coatings and in different lengths– from 12″ – 32″. They can be installed vertically, diagonally or horizontally.

Still on the subject of toileting, another great device on the market is the raised toiled seat. For individuals who
experience pain or rigidity in their hip or knee joints when using the toilet, the raised seat can be a life-saver. By raising the toilet height by 2-5″, this device can help reduce the need to bend your hips or knees. Raised toilet seat come in three different configurations: basic models have no arms and others have the option of fixed arms or removable arms. Arms on raised toilet seats provide users with additional balance and support.

Toilet frames are another alternative to raised toilet seats. These metallic structures can be installed around your toilet to provide you with more stability when lowering yourself or getting up. Unlike a raised toilet seat, the toilet height itself remains unchanged.

In the shower or bath tub, people who find that a grab bar is not enough to provide them with the necessary support they seek, have other options. Shower chairs or shower benches (back-less) are made of rust-proof metal and durable plastic surfaces– they’re a great choice if you would rather shower in a sit-down position. Their rubber feet make sure that your chair will grip to your shower surface and prevent slips.

Going a bit further, if you have a tub at home and have trouble accessing it for showering, Mediplus Mobility has a wide selection of transfer benches. Transfer benches are similar to shower chairs– but they are wider– meaning that two of the legs of the bench will be placed outside the bathtub and two of them inside (then can be easily adjusted to account for difference in surface heights). This way, an individual can sit on the bench outside the tub and confortably slide their body to the bench portion that’s inside the tub in absolute safety.

These are just a few of the many bathroom safety products that Mediplus Mobility puts at your disposal for purchase. Visit our website today to get a full look at our line of products! A well-outfitted bathroom can take the fear and anxiety away from daily toileting and bathing duties– let our experts show you how!

 

Why the Mobility Walker is still going places

With constant advancements in the mobility industry, assistive devices are continuously becoming more complex and customizable. However, there is one device that has had a similar shape and functionality as its earliest prototypes– that came into the market in the 1950s. The Mobility Walker hasn’t changed much since its inception, but this staple in the healthcare world continues to be as useful as ever.

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Drive medical walker

Walkers are simple. Nowadays, they are lightweight aluminum frames with one or two buttons per side that help to swing open their legs. Apart from that functionality, the only other features in mobility walkers that can be customized are their height and wheels.

Mediplus Mobility’s walkers for rent and walkers for sale are easy to adjust thanks to their system of pins and holes that allow you to extend the device’s legs as far down as necessary in order to adapt to taller users. Individuals renting or buying a walker also have the option of choosing a walker with no wheels, with two wheels at the front or with four wheels. Walkers come in regular, tall, bariatric and pediatric sizes.

If you are looking for a walker that will easily glide across surfaces– say you have to navigate a combination of wood and carpeted floors, our team will advice that you consider installing simple skis on your walkers. These small gliding components can easy surface transitions for a smoother experience.

In terms of their ideal use, walkers are an excellent device for indoors use. Because of their lightweight frame and the small area that they take up, they are easy to maneuver at home. One can quickly fold up the walker at the touch of a button and transport it up or down the stairs with minimal effort. Their narrow construction makes them ideal for navigating doorways and even fitting them into a bathroom.

Individuals looking for a walking aid that will provide them with added support and balance for use outdoors, might best be served by a rollator walker. Unlike a regular walker, rollators are equipped with brakes, seats and larger wheels, which make them more suitable for longer walks in uneven terrain.

Whether you require a mobility walker or rollator walker, the staff at Mediplus Mobility has at its disposal dozens of different models to show you. Give us a call today at our toll free number- 1(855)819-5050! Hablamos español!

Freedom on wheels: The Rollator Walker

In decades past, individuals who would get tired or lose balance while taking a stroll around the neighborhood, visiting a mall with friends or exploring the outdoors, would be relegated to staying at home for their own safety. Luckily, in the last few years, various mobility devices have come into the market with a sole purpose: that of restoring freedom and confidence to those exact same individuals. Among those devices is the ever evolving Rollator walker.

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Nitro Rollator by Drive

You might be wondering what the difference between a conventional walker and a rollator is. Whereas a walker is a simple foldable aluminum frame (with or without wheels), the rollator takes the walker experience to the next level. Mediplus Mobility’s rollators feature the latest innovations to ensure a smooth user experience both indoors and outdoors. For example, unlike regular walkers– rollators always come equipped with four wheels. Unlike the small wheels on walkers, rollator wheels are larger and many of them have tread that assists people in navigating more rugged terrains. Also, most rollators come equipped with a cushioned seat and backrest. These features are crucial for individuals who tire out after walking for a while. By having a seat surface handy, you can take a breather at your convenience.

Of course, in order to guarantee the safety of the person who’s using the rollator walker, the devices are also equipped with ergonomic brakes. Not only are the brakes important in helping individuals achieve more stability while using their rollator, but they must also be activated when using the rollator as a seat in order to prevent possible slips.

Not only do rollators come packed with features like handy shopping baskets and comfortable foam grips, but later-generation rollator walkers are styled to complement one’s personal style. Whether you’re looking for a rollator for sale or a rollator for rent, you will find that they are often painted in attractive colors like white, red, blue or black and possess modern, almost aerodynamic lines.

Mediplus Mobility has a large selection of rollator walkers available for rent and for sale. Not only does our team guarantee excellent pricing and quick availability, but we also have the knowledge necessary to answer any questions you may have when picking a great device for your needs.

 

The Patient Lift: Easing your life and that of your caregiver

Varying degrees of mobility impairment require varying degrees of assistance for individuals and caregivers alike. For patients who are unable to transition between a wheelchair and bed independently for example , a patient lift helps to complete the task safely and seamlessly.

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Mediplus Mobility offers patient lifts for sale and for rent that are well cared for and come equipped with all the features that make their operation easy and convenient. Within our rental program, for example, we ensure that all patient lifts be battery operated. Unlike manually operated lifts– which require the caregiver to operate a hydraulic pump on the hoyer lift in order to raise the patient– battery operated patient lifts will raise and lower the individual at the simple touch of a button. This feature doesn’t only minimize physical effort on the part of the caregiver, but it also ensure the comfort of the patient as the movement becomes smoother.

Of course, as it is the case with every electrically-operated device, power failure is always a possibility. For that situation, our power patient lifts come with the option of manual lowering. Our battery operated patient lifts are easy to charge– their adapter simply plugs into any standard electrical outlet. For safety reasons, the hoyer lift will only operate when the device is unplugged.  

Another universal feature of patient lifts across the board are their wide-spread legs. When the device is being moved, the legs will come close together in order to facilitate the lift’s maneuverability. However, when the times comes for the patient transfer to take place, the legs are widened to ensure the device’s stability when moving an individual.

When you decide to rent or purchase a patient lift, you must also consider which kind of sling you will require– this conversation is often best had with your occupational therapist or doctor, who will assess your needs and pick the right kind of transfer support for you. Some common types of patient lift slings are basic, full body, u-slings, bariatric slings and padded slings.

The team at Mediplus Mobility ensures that whether you’re buying or renting a patient lift in Florida, you’ll receive it promptly and in excellent condition and hygiene. A quality patient sling can make a big difference in the life of individuals who can’t transfer between resting surfaces independently. Comfort and safety are just one call away!

Why lift chairs will help your recovery!

Have you or a loved one gone through hip or knee replacement surgery? Have you had a medical intervention in your abdominal area that has weakened your core? In those cases, Mediplus Mobility’s lift chairs for sale and for rent could be a great tool to help you recover.

Lets begin by dispelling a common misconception about medical lift chairs. Many prospective customers have approached us inquiring why lift chairs are pricier than La-z-boy-style loungers if “they’re the same thing”. That is not the case. The main difference between a comfort lounger and a lift chair is the later’s ability to help you up to a comfortable standing position. Lift chairs come in two, three and infinite position configurations. What they all have in common though, is the fact that they will assist an individual in going from a sitting to a standing position with ease. Their slow-moving upwards tilt is a safe way of relieving pressure on a patient’s knees, hips and core while easing their movement. serta lift chair

Beyond being able to move an individual to a standing position, the backrests of lift chairs can recline — in many cases all the way down to a horizontal position) and the leg rests can come up or down at the touch of a button. There are slight — but important– differences between stair lifts in the market:

Two-position lift chair: The most basic type of lift chair will move to a semi-reclining position, where the backrest will move back as the footrest will come up. It comes equipped with one motor that operates both functions simultaneously.

Three-position lift chair: Three-position lift chairs are the intermediate category, where the chair can move to semi-reclining position as well as napping position (where the backrest moves down further and the footrest comes up even higher). Three-position medical lift chairs also work with one motor.

Infinite-position lift chair: The most versatile lift-chair category, infinite position chairs are operated by two independent motors– meaning that the backrest and footrest of the chair function independently. Whether you’re seeking to find the perfect reading, napping or sleeping position– these lift chairs can accommodate all your comfort and positioning requirements.

Mediplus Mobility proudly distributes the top lift chair brands in the world. We offer floor models as well as lift chairs customized to your style and decor– vinyl, fabric and suede-like texture along with dozens of alluring colors are some of your options. And we deliver quick!

Our team looks forward to hearing from you and helping you find a great lift chair that will suit both your style and needs for sale or for rent.

 

How to accessorize your home hospital bed

Home hospital beds for sale or home hospital beds for rent come with different sets of features included in every device. But, when it comes to electric home hospital beds, there are three features that are common to most of them in the market. Fully electric home hospital beds can be lowered or raised as a whole (for ease of access by both the patient and the caregiver), their backrests can be brought up (many times up to almost a 90 degree angle) and the legrest area will raise and lower as well (generally at the knees).

But what can enhance your experience with a brand new home hospital bed? The accessories. There exist dozens of different products that can complement your hospital bed and make it as comfortable as possible for you or a loved one.

1. Mattresses: A mattress will be the main deciding factor when it comes to finding the right level of comfort for you. In foam, gel, and air configurations– make sure you research exactly what kind of surface you need to be resting on just as soon as you purchase or rent the hospital bed.

2. Railings: Most rental beds come with the option of long or short side rails for beds. Many individuals and professionals have chosen long rails in the past in order to prevent falls. However, more and more, professionals have become aware of the risk of entrapment that long rails can represent for older patients especially. That’s why, you will notice that when it comes to side rail options, most beds in the market will present shorter versions of them.

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Trapeze bar on hospital bed

3. Bed Coverings: All home hospital beds delivered by Mediplus Mobility come with a brand-new, never-before opened mattress cover. The cover is crucial in guaranteeing the hygiene and preserving the integrity of the beds that we proudly retail and rent. Additionally, individuals can choose to purchase fitted sheets that will best fit the larger, twin-sized mattress that usually accompany home hospital beds.

4. Trapeze: These triangular-shaped bars are a convenient addition to your electric hospital bed because they can help you change positions in bed or ease the transfer in and out of it.

These options are just some of the many considerations anyone looking for great home hospital beds for sale or for rent should take into account. At Mediplus Mobility, we look forward to guiding you or your loved ones through home hospital bed accessories and helping you to narrow down which additions to it will serve you best.

 

 

On the road to freedom: The Portable Scooter

There’s so much to see and do in the summertime… and many individuals who experience mobility impairments choose to use a mobility scooter to do just that. Electric mobility scooters are the perfect device for moving around your neighborhood (an even your home!) in comfort, speed and safety!

Many of these devices however, are built in larger sizes, which make them extremely challenging to transport on a regular car. Often a van with a ramp is needed if you plan to take your scooter to the mall, a park or on a trip. That is where portable mobility scooters– also known as travel mobility scooters– come in.

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Disassembled Go-Go Elite Traveler Mobility Scooter

These devices, unlike their larger and heavier relatives, can be disassembled in order to easily fit them in to a vehicle. Compact mobility scooters come in your choice of three or four wheel configurations (depending on your preference for stability and maneuverability) and can come apart in three or four pieces. They are light-weight and feature comfortable swivel seats that are not captain’s seats but can still deliver a cushy and secure feeling during your travels.

Just because compact electric mobility scooters don’t come with the size of full-size mobility scooters, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t equipped with great features. All of them come with ample, removable carry baskets, some have interchangeable plate colors, anti-tip wheels and more.

What’s just as attractive as the portability of compact mobility scooters is their price-tag! Most of them retail for just over the $1000 mark, making them an excellent choice for budget-conscious individuals seeking the freedom and versatility of this motorized device. Mediplus Mobility has a wide selection of electric mobility scooters both for sale and for rent in South Florida. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding the best compact mobility scooter for you.

 

 

Electric Home Hospital Beds are jam packed with convenient features

Whether you or a loved one are recovering from surgery or injury or will be needing and assisted sleep surface in the long terms, home hospital beds — made for use in one’s home but equipped with all the features present in the beds patients use in a hospital– can be a great solution for patients and caregivers alike.

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Full Electric Home Hospital Bed

The latest and greatest electric home hospital beds in the market come standard with three important features to facilitate the recovery and well-being of patients. Firstly, their backrests can be controlled to move up and down. The downwards position is ideal for sleeping, napping and resting whereas the upwards position is great for eating, reading, watching TV and carrying out other activities. The second important feature of these beds is the elevating leg and foot portion of the device. Patients suffering from back pain or requiring their legs and feet to be elevated in order to reduce pain, swelling or accelerate healing of a lesion, will benefit from this feature.

Lastly, standard electric home hospital beds can be raised or lowered according to the patients’ needs. Individuals for whom a standard bed is usually too high for them to move into a standard position safely and comfortable, can lower the bed in order to make sure they can stand up. Caregivers will also find the home hospital bed’s downwards motion very convenient as it facilitates transfers between different devices– from a bed to a wheelchair for example. They will also benefit from the bed’s upwards motion when it comes to providing personal care to the patient.

These three features are fundamental if you’re looking for an electric home hospital bed for rent– and most beds available in the market will be equipped with them at the simple touch of a remote control button. Patients looking to purchase a bed instead– especially those suffering from respiratory ailments– will want to consider looking at beds that feature the Trendelenburg position– a forward tilt of the bed that allows for comfortable rest assisting with proper breathing.