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! 

 

Top 5 mobility devices to help you enjoy the outdoors

Spending time indoors is at times necessary– especially for individuals who are undergoing recovery. But an environment that supplies artificial light and poorly circulating air does very little for a person’s mental and physical well-being. Mediplus Mobility is your one-stop shop to provide you with mobility devices to give you the confidence and comfort you need to feel safe when heading outdoors– as more and more research continues to show that it has great benefits for your health.

mobility devices outsideTake humans’ need for Vitamin D, for example. Spending time under the warm glow of natural light will make your bones stronger and give a much needed boost to your immune system (especially during cooler months!). Sunshine is also partly responsible for helping to prevent autoimmune disorders. When you venture outdoors you are also helping your body to rest better. Artificial light can throw off your sleeping patterns, but natural light helps to regulate your biological clock and help you achieve a smoother bedtime routine.

The benefits of being exposed to the outdoors are numerous, but as discussed earlier– getting there can be a challenging if you suffer from mobility impairments. That is why, we compiled a list of the TOP 5 Mobility Devices that will help you get outside!

1. Wheelchair: A staple in the mobility industry, whether it be a simple foldable wheelchair or a highly complex tilting wheelchair, this device is an ideal option for individuals who can propel themselves or have a caregiver who can assist them. Wheelchairs are created with durable frames and casters, with some models making them more suitable for outdoors use than others. More and more, wheelchairs are also becoming lighter and easier to push and store– carbon fiber and aluminum wheelchairs are quickly starting to dominate market preferences.

3. Mobility Scooter: Scooters are a good solution for individuals who either tire or suffer from lower-body pain when embarking on long walks. Rated for use on sidewalks– but also malls, indoors spaces, grass and other surfaces– power scooters come packed with features like headlights, shopping baskets and different size batteries. Whereas some are made to be taken apart (or even folded!) for easy transport, other Heavy Duty scooters are large enough that they need to be kept in your garage.

2. Power Wheelchair:  A power wheelchair combines the comfort and maneuverability of a wheelchair with the ruggedness and range of a mobility scooter. Usually operated with a sensitive joystick, power wheelchairs are suitable for use in most surfaces and eliminate the need for an individual to propel themselves or seek assistance to do so. As opposed to scooters– which can be bulky– power wheelchairs have an extremely tight turning radius, making them a good option for indoors use. They are the ultimate tool for independent living!

4. Rollator Walker: Oftentimes, individuals are advised to keep as active as possible during their daily activities. A great way to remain active while feeling safe and finding balance is by considering a rollator walker. Rollators are four-wheeled walkers that come equipped with a seat, back-rest and hand brakes. This device is ideal for outdoors use as the combination of brakes and a seat allows you to take a break from your walk to catch your breath!

5. Foldable Walker: This is the least invasive of the devices we just discussed. A simple, aluminum frame with two small wheels at the front, it provides more support and stability than a cane but doesn’t come equipped the features of a Rollator. Aluminum walkers are easy to fold (often with just one button!) and are ultra-light .

Wondering which device is best for you? Let Mediplus Mobility’s experts discuss your needs and priorities as we jointly discover a path for you to enjoy the outdoors again! Not only do we sell power wheelchairs, rollator walkers, walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters at excellent prices but they are also part of our comprehensive rental program.

 

The Advantages Of Renting A Wheelchair When Traveling

The main reasons why travelers often need a wheelchair or mobility support device when traveling abroad are disease/illness, natural aging or injury. If you or a loved one is thinking of traveling in the near future, there are many reasons why renting rather than purchasing expensive medical equipment might be advantageous. Because travel is a temporary endeavor, wheelchair rentals for the duration of your trip are often less expensive than buying one.

Some injuries also, require you to use a wheelchair for a short period of time. When patients suffer a fracture, for example, they are required to avoid putting stress on the injury for a short while. In such cases, purchasing a wheelchair to assist with recovery will not make financial sense. If the disability is temporary, it is often a better idea to rent a wheelchair. Rentals of wheelchairs are often covered by insurance plans. Whether you’re going on vacation by plane, cruise ship or decide to use a car rental service, it is important to know that scooters, electric wheelchairs and wheelchairs can all fit these means of transportation and can make getting to and around your preferred destination a much more pleasurable experience.

Always call ahead when traveling to a destination to arrange to have a rented wheelchair ready for you upon arrival. Taking your own wheelchair with you on vacation can be burdensome, but renting a device at your destination is convenient and stress-free. If you are traveling for a long period of time, look at the cost difference between renting and purchasing a new wheelchair. If you plan to use the wheelchair in the short term, renting one from Mediplus Mobility will help you save money in the long run.

Renting a wheelchair for traveling is one of the many advantages of our rental program. If your condition, disability or injury require you to use a wheelchair for a short period of time, you could be best served to consider looking into renting one from our team. Mediplus Mobility makes wheelchair rentals fast and easy.

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Try out an Electric Wheelchair and Get Outside!

At Mediplus Mobility, we want to help you re-acquire the freedom to explore the world and get where you want to go, when you want to! Anytime is a great time to rent an Electric Wheelchair and allow these amazing devices to give you the freedom and mobility you seek.

Our Power Wheelchairs for rent have all the features you need for a comfortable, stylish and safe and smooth ride—adjustable, reclining seats and headrests, programmable controller are some of the available options. If you need the support and convenience of a Manual Wheelchair but could also benefit from the added power and torque of a mobility scooter, Electric Wheelchairs are the ideal vehicle for you.

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Power Wheelchair with Captain’s Seat

City dwellers can particularly benefit from these devices—Electric Wheelchairs are great to easily navigate through cracked sidewalks, asphalt or gravel. They are also the perfect choice for traveling longer distances. Whereas Manual Wheelchairs are appropriate when patients require a device to move largely indoors or travel short distances, they can become hard to use—and at times even hinder your mobility– when navigating tougher terrain. By choosing a top-quality Power Chair you will never be stuck in a bind again—you can count with the power and support you need.

Renting—as opposed to buying one of these vehicles—is the perfect way to try them out! Mediplus Mobility’s flexible options for rental terms allow you to test them out for as long as you need and find out if the device suits all your needs. Similarly, if your budget doesn’t currently allow you to accommodate the purchase of an Electric Wheelchair, you can consider renting a great way to enjoy all the support and freedom that these devices can bring into your life. Many of our clients choose rentals as the best option for them. If you require more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert service-people who will help evaluate your routine, expectations and needs to help you make an informed decision that will suit your lifestyle, health needs and pocket.

You can reach the team at Mediplus Mobility to learn more about our stylish and sleek Motorized Wheelchairs by phone and online during regular business hours. We will happily walk you through the range of options we have ready for you and help you find the right Electric Wheelchair to have you outdoors, and enjoying the sunshine in no time!

 

The Role of a Wheelchair in a Patient’s Recovery Process

It is not easy getting back on your feet after suffering a fracture, injury or undergoing surgery. Many of these situations compromise a patients’ use of their abdominal muscles, spine or legs. That is where the use of a wheelchair during some time is often advised by doctors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists alike.

When it comes to choosing the right wheelchair for their recovery and for rent, individuals have various options to help suit their needs. Patients who may have undergone spinal or abdominal surgery, might have limited use of their upper body. In that case, they will be best served by renting a transport chair.

What’s the difference between a transport chair and a wheelchair, you may ask? As opposed to regular wheelchairs, which have two large wheels for an individual to propel herself, transport chairs possess four small casters. They are made for someone else to push the person on the chair around. A great advantage of transport chairs is their feather-weight. These devices weigh just 16 lbs, making them ideal for putting in and taking out of the trunk of a car or to store them with minimal space requirements.

If the person is able to propel himself, then renting a regular wheelchair will be their best option. Wheelchairs are easy to fold, come with swing-away footrests and easy-to-clean vinyl or nylon upholstery. Their weight varies between 28-32 pounds, which makes them heavier than transport chairs but still a good fit for bringing with you in the car or on a plane.

Patients requiring wheelchairs sometimes suffer from leg ailments– from swelling to recovering from a fracture in the foot or leg area. Wheelchairs equipped with elevating footrests will ensure that their legs are maintained in a raised, horizontal position to assist in the healing process.

Wheelchairs come in different sizes and configurations to best suit the body shape of an individual. A slim recovery wheelchair often has a 16″ seat width. Regular wheelchairs are 18″; there’s also larger ones measuring 20″ or 22″ wide or more for bariatric patients. They come finished in chrome or silver vein and are equipped with either solid or inflatable wheels– depending on the device.

Rental wheelchairs are ideal for patients who will not require them in the long run. With affordable monthly rates and included service from the supplier, wheelchairs can play a pivotal role in the recovery of any post-surgical patient.

 

How to choose the perfect Wheelchair for you

When it comes to renting or purchasing manual wheelchair– there are two main categories for you to choose from depending on your needs or those of the patient or loved one:

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If you are looking to transport an individual to and from their home, physician’s office or shopping mall, the Transport Wheelchair is the best option for you. Transport chairs are light enough for caregivers to pick up and push, fit in any car trunk and are a great choice for fitting narrow corridors and doorways as well as limited living spaces.

Standard Wheelchair
standard  manual wheelchairAn average, Standard Wheelchair is a perfect option for daily use by an individual with upper body mobility because it allows them to propel themselves. Standard Wheelchairs weigh about 35lbs.