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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 2015

 

Choosing the Best Mobility Device for Your Needs

Kate Hofmann, Marketing Manager, Amigo Mobility International, Inc., Bridgeport, Michigan

When searching for a mobility device to help you stay active, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options available. Finding a home medical equipment (HME) dealer who listens to your needs is important, but it helps to learn as much as you can and be a well-informed consumer. The following questions will help you become your own mobility expert and determine which type of device will help you stay comfortable, active and independent:

What type of device is right for you?

It is important to meet with your doctor to discuss your abilities and needs before you even start shopping for a device. With most conditions, doctors want you to remain as active as possible. The Medicare algorithm (see diagram on page 7) provides a guide for prescribing mobility equipment for different levels of disability. As people’s disability or age progresses, they may need to move further down the algorithm to a more advanced device.

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