PDF Download: DME Resource Guide
The CureDuchenne Cares Virtual DME Expo is an innovative, interactive, educational online resource that enables caregivers and family members to access information on a wide range of equipment that could help keep loved ones mobile and active for longer. The website offers exhibit halls with information about the following durable medical equipment:
Scooters and Power Wheelchairs
Trying to decide on the appropriate mobility device can be an overwhelming task. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide on the right one:
Electric Scooters are:
- Easier to transport because they do not require an accessible vehicle like power wheelchairs do.
- Less cumbersome in tight spaces
- Less “medical” looking
- Significantly cheaper than a power wheelchair
Electric Scooters are not:
- Supportive of good sitting posture
- Designed to be used by small bodies
- Easy to maintain hand throttle for long periods of time
- Equipped with power seating features for tilt, recline or elevate
Things to consider when choosing an electric scooter are:
- Do you want 3 or 4 wheeled?
- Does it have a height adjustable seat in order to allow the feet to rest comfortably?
- Does the manufacturer have pediatric sized seats available?
- Is the tiller with the controls adjustable?
- Are the controls hand grip, thumb controlled or joystick?
- What is the warranty and/or repair costs?
Power Wheelchairs are:
- Structurally stronger than scooters
- Able to offer multiple power seating options such as tilt, recline, elevate and standing
- Fully adapted for a variety of control modules and switches specific to a person’s needs
- More supportive for posture and accepting of custom seating modules
Power Wheelchairs are not:
- Easy to transport without an accessible vehicle
- As small as scooters
Things to consider when choosing a power wheelchair are:
- Ask your therapist for their input and to be involved in the decision making.
- Which type of “drive” do you want? Front, mid or rear wheel drive? If you don’t know, try all of them out.
- What kind of seat and back cushion comes with it? Is it interchangeable with others if that one does not meet your needs? Short term and long term.
- What kind of joystick, switch or other control are you able to use to operate this device and can it be changed later if your needs change?
- How are you going to transport this power wheelchair?
- Is your home, school/work accessible to this device or will modifications need to be done?
- Submit for pre-authorization with your insurance prior to ordering the device.