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Consumers want to take charge of their buying decisions. But the price of big-ticket items makes it imperative that you do your homework and perhaps seek the advice of a clinician knowledgeable about rehabilitation technology.
This is an age of consumerism. Choice. Independence. Products to make our lives easier, slicker, more efficient, or just plain fun. We can read publications such as Consumer Report to compare and contrast products to help us with our choices. Products can be bought in many different venues, depending on the level of assistance the consumer needs in making a decision. We can go to Computer Discount Warehouse and receive a great deal of guidance in choosing a computer system or put components together ourselves from a computer catalog.
This same phenomenon has occurred in the medical industry. You want to be the decision-maker in your own life -- to be provided with choices and information with which you can make educated decisions. Finding the information with which to make that decision can be a challenge in the durable medical equipment industry. Layer on top of that the fact that most people who need rehabilitation technology, such as wheelchairs and seating, rely on third-party payers to fund the equipment. If the wrong equipment is purchased, your funding source usually will not reimburse for more equipment for about five years or unless your medical condition radically changes.
Ask A Therapist
So under what situations should you seek advice from a clinician knowledgeable about rehab technology? Since you are buying your products on the Internet, and doing so to save money, remember that hiring a seating clinician for advice should also help you to save money by ensuring that you are measuring correctly and that you are buying the most appropriate product for your needs. I’d like to talk about some situations where hiring a seating clinician can assist you with decisions.
When working directly with a clinician, you must collect and think about information about you life prior to an appointment. Below are things to bring to the clinical appointment. If the clinician does not have a good understanding of your needs, it is impossible to assist with making the right product choices.
Find the Right Therapist
How do you locate a clinical therapist with experience in assistive technology?
If you save money buying your equipment on the Internet, know when and how to ask for assistance. Paying a therapist for his or her time to ensure you are ordering the right equipment could be your best investment. Good luck!
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