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March 21, 2016

Get a Vehicle Lift- carry that heavy scooter with ease!

Spring is in the air, and if your plans include a little travel with your new scooter, why not treat yourself to a new vehicle lift to match?

Selecting the right vehicle lift to fit your car, your scooter, your budget plus how much manual effort you can handle can be tricky.                            Outside Power Chair Vehicle Lift

That being said, figuring all that out is not as hard as it may seem if you take it one step at a time.

What kind of car you drive is all important when it comes to fitting a vehicle lift. If you drive a sporty sub-compact, carrying a mobility scooter may be out of the question. Since outside lifts hook on to a trailer hitch, your car has to be able to be fitted with a hitch that is rated for an appropriate tongue weight. Tongue weight is a measurement of the weight a trailer hitch can hold unsupported (there are no wheels underneath for support on a vehicle lift). This is usually 10% of the vehicles towing weight. So for example if your car has a towing weight of 5,000 lbs., the tongue weight would be 500 lbs, and easily accommodate a lift and scooter. On the other end of the spectrum if your car has a towing weight of 1500 lbs., the tongue weight would be only 150 lbs. and not enough for a lift and scooter at all.

Trailer hitches come in different sizes as well. Class 1 and Class 2 hitches have a 1.25 inch square receiver that extends out from the back of the vehicle. Even though they are the same size, the Class 1 hitch will not have the ability to bear as much weight as the Class 2. There is normally a sticker on the side of a hitch that says the class and how much weight it is rated for. Very few vehicle lifts can be used on a Class 1 hitch, they are just not strong enough. Class 2 hitches can sometimes carry 250 or even 300 lbs., so a lift will work on them as long as the scooter weight added to the weight of the lift itself does not meet or exceed the tongue weight. A Class 3 and above hitch will measure an inside diameter of 2 inches square. They are heavy duty, and will be rated to carry the heaviest scooters. Most trucks and SUV’s will be able to handle a class 3 hitch ( or even a Class 4 or 5), which means your vehicle will be compatible with most vehicle lifts.

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March 14, 2016

Would an Air Cushion Be Good For Me?

Air cushions come in many styles and designs, and there are several manufacturers that make them.

 

Vicair air cushionsAir cushions are designed to support the body’s sitting surface entirely on air.

They are basically “balloons” of various sizes filled with air and the whole system is closed, so air floatation cushions typically will not bottom out the way gel cushions can, if they are adjusted properly. Adjuster air cushions without cover

The primary reason people choose air cushions is to help prevent or manage pressure sores, to relieve pressure or pain in the sitting area and for general overall comfort while in a seated position.

Some air cushions use interconnected air cells, some are all individually filled and sealed. They may have many rows of cells, some are one single air cell. Most are adjustable with a pump, or use a valve to release air to get to optimum setting.

Pressure is balanced by air shifting in or out to the surrounding balloons, spreading pressure evenly against your skin – constantly adjusting to your body movement. The air cells conform to help skin integrity the entire time you are sitting on the cushion.

The air cells allow you to be immersed into the cushion for maximum pressure relief, while decreasing friction and shear.

Air cushions are relatively lightweight, and are waterproof, so you can use them anywhere. Air cushions are primarily used in wheelchairs, but they are quite often used while driving. Lots of truck drivers who spend long periods sitting find the air cushion invaluable! They can be used in a boat, bathtub or on an office chair, since lightweight air cushions are easily transferred.

Air flotation absorbs the every day impact caused by riding over bumps.

Air cushions come in many forms. There are hybrid air/foam cushions that are foam in the front and air in the critical sitting area in the rear of the cushion for maximum pressure redistribution around the pelvis. The idea of a hybrid is the foam in the front provides stability for the legs and a firm stable place to use for doing transfers or re-positioning. Similar to the hybrid, some cushions use a foam base, with an air insert; this is great for those seeking more pelvic stability and positioning support, while still using the air cells in the critical pelvic area for maximum skin protection, pressure relief and comfort.

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March 11, 2016

Time to Spring Forward on a new set of wheels!

As a Product Expert at SpinLife, I receive calls from our customers who are so excited after trying out their new mobility scooters. They tell me how great it is to be able to go shopping or out to the park on their own. And they wonder why it took them so long to decide on getting their mobility scooter!View More: http://alisonepps.pass.us/revolutionsinc

What about you?  Have you decided that a travel mobility scooter might be right for you? If so, here are some things to think about.

In order to get the best service and life from your mobility travel scooter it is important to select a product that suits your body style and physical limitations.

The weight capacity of the mobility scooter should be above your body weight. If you are too heavy for your scooter you will get poor performance from the batteries and the motor is likely to wear out too soon. If you have long legs there are models that will be more comfortable for you than others.

featuring Delta tiller Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter with a Delta tiller would be better for you if you have weakness or loss of use in one hand.  The Delta can be operated with one hand. If you have difficulty bending over, choose a product that can be charged from a port on the tiller.

Where do you plan on using the mobility scooter?

If you need a scooter inside your home you may consider a three wheel travel model.  They turn more sharply and make it easier to go through doors and around furniture.

Four wheel models are more stable than three wheels. If you have any concerns about “turning over” a four wheel version would be best for you. Consider a four wheeler if you are going to be driving in your yard or   other rough terrain (such as gravel or broken side walks) If you have balance or coordination issues, the four wheel is your best bet. Continue Reading

March 9, 2016

Now that I need a Power Wheelchair, why can’t I find a supplier?

At Spinlife we hear that question repeated every day, by frustrated insurance beneficiaries just like you, trying to locate a Power Wheelchair supplier.

There isn’t a simple, short answer but I will do my best to explain. Let me add, this information is not intended as a policy statement from Medicare. This is an informational blog post written in plain language to help our readers understand a complex issue.

America’s largest group of insurance beneficiaries are covered under the Federal governments Medicare Plan A and Plan B (Hospitalization and equipment). When coverage guidelines are set by Medicare, the other private insurance companies will follow suit, and change their guidelines to follow those set by Medicare.

For many years Medicare paid for power wheelchairs as Direct Purchases. In other words, if your Physician documented beyond a doubt that you needed a Power Wheelchair to complete your activities of daily living inside your home, they would purchase the chair for you from your local Medicare Provider. Moreover, they would purchase from the Power Wheelchair supplier the chair deemed most appropriate for your individual needs, as long as those needs were also documented medically. Your local Power Wheelchair provider was able to work with your physician to obtain the documentation required to prove medical necessity and supply your power wheelchair.Jazzy 600 ES Power Wheelchair Supplier SpinLife.com

The criterion to qualify changed periodically during those years, and medical necessity gradually became more difficult to substantiate. An unfortunate factor at work was that disreputable organizations were found to be “playing the system” or basically committing fraud against Medicare. Those organizations have thankfully been shut down, but in the aftermath of such activity, Medicare changed the method by which they would pay for Power Wheelchairs. Power Wheelchairs became “Capped Rental” items.

Changing power wheelchairs to Capped Rental items affected both the suppliers of the equipment and you, the beneficiary.  For basic (group 1) power wheelchairs, suppliers are required to bill Medicare and the beneficiary (their co-payment) monthly for 13 months to pay for the equipment.

It’s like a rent-to own arrangement.  During that time, the equipment still belongs to the supplier, not the beneficiary.  After the 13 months is up, they transfer the title to the beneficiary and the item belongs to you. Limited options or customizations are offered on those basic rental chairs, and there is no requirement that the rental chair is new, either.

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March 7, 2016

Down the sidewalk and beyond with a scooter

 

Get Outside With a Scooter.

Having a mobility issue shouldn’t steal away the things you enjoy in life. At SpinLife, we get that and we want to do all we can to help you continue to enjoy your life.

Victory 10 LX with CTSAs I sat at my computer contemplating this subject I took a phone call from a gentleman who wanted to get outside with a mobility scooter. He expressed to me that he just wanted to get out in his yard into his garden and spend time outside with his dogs. He can no longer walk but is not ready to give up his loves…the outdoors and his pets.

Whether you want to work in your flower bed or go down to the pond for a little fishing you should be able to do so in a safe manner! Fortunately, there are many full sized and all terrain scooters that were designed with those purposes in mind.

So, when would you want to consider a full size or all terrain scooter?

  1. If your weight exceeds the limitations for a smaller scooter.
  2. If you need to drive across the yard, gravel or other uneven terrain.
  3. If you travel longer distances.
  4. If you still like going out into nature or bounce around the farmland!

Full size scooters have a weight capacity of 300 lbs. or more. They normally have at least 10” wheels. Some have solid tires and some are pneumatic for a smoother ride. Many have suspension, full light packages and sleek styling. You will enjoy a longer drive range on the larger batteries. Continue Reading