Electric Wheelchairs/power Chairs, Can You Go Out In Rain
AnonymousJune 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm
I’m learning that it rains A LOT in central Florida and since using my JAZZY is the only way I can get out by myself I’m beginning to feel really housebound because I’m terrified about what would happen if I got caught in the rain.
Would my JAZZY get me back to my apartment if I was outside and a down pour of rain suddenly started???? Is there any way I can protect it???? I’ve had this chair for less then a year. It took me awhile before I learned to feel confident about how far I could go, but the rain really scares me.
AnonymousJune 6, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Hi Liz! Do you still have the paperwork or the company name that made the chair? You might be able to find out online by typing in the company name and emailing them or either calling them to find out all the dangers about the electric chair and the do’s and don’ts with them. You would get better answers from them than us! Unless you have a manual for it! Either way the company that made this should be able to answer that question.
Is it battery operated? If it’s battery operated then it might be okay. My mom uses her golf cart to get around in her yard due to limited walking and goes out in the rain and her is battery operated but plugged into electric to charge up. Hope this helps! Hugs
AnonymousJune 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm
Hi Liz, how’s it going. Guess what, I’ve been wondering about the same thing. We’ll be moving to Seattle this year and drizzle is a way of life there, yuk. Looking at my wheelchair it looks like a light rain won’t hurt it. The motor is enclosed. Carol is going to replace the bag I have hanging from the headrest with a waterproof one.
AnonymousJune 7, 2009 at 11:22 am
I’m getting somewhere now 😀 Norb, just knowing someone else has the same problem helped me do a google search and I checked out “the wheelchair site” which expanded my search. I knew that there were canopies, but I thought they could only be used as sun protectors, but YES they are RAIN RAIN RAIN protectors too and some of them have max protection and drape over the sides.
I got my jazzy from THE SCOOTER STORE and I’m going to call them to see what kind of canopies they have.
Norb, if you read this, just put wheelchair canopies in a google search.
AnonymousJune 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm
This is kind of an aside, but I figured you guys were experts in scooters. I just got my Mom talked into a scooter because she’s OLD. She’ll be 98 in November! She still lives alone and gets around now using a walker (I got a taste of that last year when I was recovering from GBS!), Anyway, I finally got her to apply for it through medicare and they turned her down! Their reason for the rejection was that she wanted to use it outside. Well duhhhh!
They can’t be that stupid so my Mom must have done something wrong in the application or appied to the wrong people or something. Any ideas???
AnonymousJune 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm
When I applied for my scooter–I applied to use it at work and was denied as well. The insurance said that the only reason that they can list it as medically necessary is for use inside the home and that these are the medicare rules–which they use for everyone not just those on medicare. Like people never have to go outside to grocery shop or do anything else. So, it is not just specific clueless set of people, the whole system is clueless.
You have two options. One is to apply saying that she will use it in her home. They may have someone come to make sure that her home is accessible for use in the home–wide enough doors and aisles and no steps to get into the home, etc. I went to a wheelchair clinic and got an evaluation in great detail about my medical limitations and argued hard that this was discrimination and self-serving–for the insurance to refuse to allow me to have the ability to continue to work (which I could do very well with the scooter, but not without it) and, thus, lose my insurance. I said that I would not hide the true reason I wanted it and wanted to make a statement about what is right for people with disabilities–that it is not right to have them not work just because they cannot walk the distances needed to do so.
Liz, I do not know about use in the rain. I drive my scooter in the misty rain, but it does not ever rain the way that it does in Florida. I would be really worried about driving through puddles since they scooter sits so low and the electrical system is low to the ground. I would also worry about rain that is hard enough to “stream” because it might get in the cracks of the chassis and short out the electrical system. I know my scooter has no sealant or rain protection in the steering column.
AnonymousJune 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Hi: Medicare requires that a person need a scooter to move from room to room in a house in order to pay coverage-in other words you must be so disabled that you cannot walk around in your house without the scooter. So next time she applies she would have to say she required the scooter for inside use. Strange as it seems, I use my scooter more inside than outside, for places like restaurants and movies and malls, etc.
As for the rain, I was told to never use my scooter in rain or snow as it can ruin the battery quickly. Or for that matter to leave it out in the cold which will do the same. Jeff
AnonymousJune 12, 2009 at 9:24 am
I too think your mother should re-apply. I cannot walk so I do need a scooter/wheelchair to get from room to room, that probably is the way you have to word it on form, but I did tell them I’d be using it mostly outside and I was approved. No-one came to my home for an inspection to see if door-ways, etc. were wide enough.
And I’ll just have to hope that I never get caught outside in a sudden rain-storm because I do know that if the battery ever got water in it, it will be ruined. I’m a super cautious person and I don’t use my jazzy outside even if it looks like it “might” rain. I read through some good information on [url]www.wheelchairjunkie.com[/url]
AnonymousJune 12, 2009 at 9:51 am
I was just curious about this. What if a person can walk but at times can’t walk. With my disease there are days where I can walk around the house and then some days I can’t walk. One of my biggest problems is me standing on my feet too long. So it’ hard trying to clean my house when I am in that way.
Having a scooter chair for me would be like having that extra hand to help me get my housework done.
Hmmm! I might check into it! But wonder how much I would end up paying after Medicare! Thanks
AnonymousJune 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm
I think that you might have a problem getting medicare to pay for one and if you’re approved, they paid 100% for me. Usually a store that works with medicare brings the scooter to you to demonstrate it and it’s going to be obvious that you can walk. And even if you went to a medical supply store to pick one up, again it’s going to be obvious that you can walk.
You could try looking into a used one.
AnonymousJune 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm
I’m upset to hear all the denials everyone is receiving from ins and medicare regarding the powerwheels-the excuses they are giving are soo ridiculous. When I get to that stage all I intend on putting as a reason is– to get around because flying is out of the question! I wonder what their response would be.Seriously, if you can’t get around inside your home, then how do they expect you to get around outside the home? And to be able to work? I just don’t understand who makes such decisions. WithHope, I hear your frustration and I’m behind you 100%!Johnny, I know what you are going through. My 97 yr old Great Aunt tried to get one after she fell-she was nearly blind, couldn’t walk anymore due to injuries from fall, and they denied her due to the fact that she was in a care center attached to her apartment building. She couldn’t get around her apt without it and couldn’t return to her apt until she got it-totally messed up system. I hope your Mom will keep trying and succeeds. Take care.
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