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Power Mobility

1. DO I QUALIFY FOR A POWER MOBILITY DEVICE?

  • Medicare does NOT pay for power chairs or scooters for community use

2. Does this mobility limitation interfere with your ability to perform at least one of the below?

  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Feeding
  • Bathing
  1. Are you willing and motivated to use a power chair in your home?
  2. Do you have the physical and mental ability to operate a power wheelchair safely?
  3. Are you physically UNABLE to use a cane, walker, or manual wheelchair in your home?

I THINK I MAY QUALIFY FOR A POWER WHEELCHAIR. WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

  1. Speak to a representative at King Drug & Homecare for a free prescreening
  2. Pick up a Power Mobility packet at one of our 5 locations or call us at 800-489-2609 to request one by mail
  3. Call your doctor and make an appointment to discuss your need for a Power Wheelchair.
  4. Take the “patient checklist” to your mobility exam to ensure you discuss your insurance requirements with your Doctor.
  5. Once you see your doctor, request he send your information and office notes to your local King Drug & Homecare office.

PATIENT CHECKLIST (For your power mobility exam)

  • Take your mobility assist devices with you to the MD (cane, walker, and wheelchair)
  • Describe how your health is affecting your ability to get around in your home safely.
  • Describe your everyday activities and how they are limited by your lack of mobility
  • Explain how you get around now and the devices that you are using to get to your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom
  • Describe the difficulty you are having with your current devices and why they are no longer suitable
  • Explain if you have ever tried a cane, walker with a seat, or wheel chair fitted specifically for you
  • If you haven’t tried one of the above, discuss with your doctor whether this is an option for you.
  • Discuss your caregiver situation. Do you live alone or are you left alone at times?
  • Ask your doctor to physically evaluate you for a power chair. This involves taking measurements of your arm and leg strengths and range of motions
    • He may want to refer you to a Physical or Occupational therapist for a one time evaluation
  • Give him the information in your power mobility packet so that he can complete his portion of the exam
  • Notify King Drug & Homecare once you have had your mobility exam so that we can follow up with your doctor