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Can Renting A Wheelchair Save You Money?

Mar 2, 2008
Occasionally there is a short-term need for a wheel chair and they can be costly to purchase, even one that is used. This is when the option of wheelchair rental can come in handy. Being able to rent a wheel chair for a short time, many times the cost of which is covered by insurance, can help when recovering from an accident or illness.

Another advantage of a wheelchair rental is that if something goes wrong with the wheel chair you're renting, it will be replaced at no extra cost with one that works. The medical supply company you're working with should be very understanding if you need your unit replaced for whatever reason. There are several models to choose from, which is a great benefit for those who may be confined to a wheelchair for an extended period of time.

It would be a rare occasion when a chair rental would not be received in clean, working order and usually a simple phone call will get it replaced immediately, but most reputable equipment companies will not let that happen.

Keep Track Of Rates And Accessories

If you're renting a wheelchair, you should also be able to rent other things you need temporarily, such as carrying totes or arms totes. Some companies will supply them free of additional charge as a perk to customers. Other companies may charge extra for their use, and you should check this out before you read from a particular company, depending on what your insurance will cover.

Another benefit of wheel chair rental is there is usually no charge for pick up or delivery. You call and arrange for its delivery and at the end of the rental period, they will return and pick it up. You would also have the option to extend the rental period if needed.

There are many types of wheel chair rental units available with manual types as well as the powered wheel chairs, and some companies are willing to rent you a power wheel chair for you to try in hopes that you will decide to buy one. Being able to use a power chair, even on a temporary basis, can help the user see the benefits of not depending on the manual type for mobility.

Of course, "try before you buy," or in this case, rent. You'll need to see if the chair you chose fits through all spaces in your house and allows you to maneuver well. The rental company will likely have ideas for you if the one you chose does not fit, and they can bring you back one that does better.
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