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Wheelchairs 101

Build A Team To Assist You In Choosing A Wheelchair

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After you've assessed your needs, and considered the various features which are available, make use of a team when choosing a chair.


A doctor will write the prescription for your chair, although research must be done long before that occurs.

Occupational or Physical Therapist

If your doctor is not a rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist), ask him or her to refer you to an occupational or physical therapist who is knowledgeable about mobility devices. Some therapists even specialize in consulting on wheelchair selection. Your therapist will likely know local dealers to work with as well.

A Durable Medical Equipment salesperson

Look for a durable medical equipment salesperson who:

  • Specializes in, or is at least knowledgeable about, the available brands, models and features of wheelchairs.
  • Has experience in helping match people with a variety of needs with the right equipment.
  • Is acquainted with preauthorization procedures and payment policies of insurance companies as well as Medicare or Medicaid if you expect one of those plans to pay for the chair.

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