SmartDrive: Cruise Control for Your Wheelchair
It is a super sunny afternoon here in New England. The sun is shinning, its about 65 degrees and I decided to write OUTSIDE for the first time this year! As the weather warms up, everyone becomes more and more active. Folks are looking to get out and enjoy the longer days, warmer nights, and all that spring and summer have to offer.
Recently, I came across a amazing new wheelchair accessory that supports the current season we are in. It’s called SmartDrive, and it is revolutionizing the way folks can get out and enjoy all that they love to do.
Our friends over at Max Mobility have come up with a entirely unique product that simply bolts on the back of a wheelchair between the two wheels. SmartDrive is a revolutionary new power assist device that will change your life.
It can power you up steep hills, through carpet and over grass. It is intuitive to use, just push to go and brake to stop, it’s that simple. It will go for days on a single charge. Sounds pretty cool, right? Wait until you see it in action!
SmartDrive is amazingly powerful. It will push you up the steepest hills, through the thickest carpets, and over the most plush grass. You will go further, do more, and live more freely than you ever imagined. One of the many features we like is how light weight the product is and how easy it is to tote around and hook up. The battery attached weighs only 8 pounds and the actual unit itself is 11 pounds, total of under 20 pounds allows for easy storage, hookup, and ultimalty a more versatile chair.
SmartDrive can be easily installed and removed from your wheelchair. Use it when you want it, leave it in the car when you don’t. The battery slips under the seat and the drive unit drops onto the axle hitch, making this product as easy as could be. SmartDrive freely rotates about the axle, so it floats along the ground and allows you to do wheelies or drop off curbs. It moves with you and will follow you wherever you want to go, eliminating any lag or extra strain.
What else does this product have to offer? It is fully covered by Medicare! The insurance billing code is E0986, and is often referred to as a HCPCS code. You will need to get a prescription for the SmartDrive from your doctor or therapist. You can print out this flyer and bring it in with you, or send it to them in an email message.
Some of the common conditions that we have seen that will allow your insurance or medicare to cover this great product are:
- Pain in your shoulders or wrists
- Easily fatigued by pushing
- Difficulty pushing over carpet
- Difficulty pushing up ramps or hills
Most insurance companies will not cover the SmartDrive based on preventive medicine, so qualification to receive this product will be based upon a condition above that limits your mobility. Typically, an average chair users pushes 2000-3000 times every day! That is a lot of pushes and easily puts you into an “at risk” range for repetitive tasks in the workplace. You need to be careful with your shoulders, so they are still there for you as you get older.
All in all, we love SmartDrive for what it will allow you to do, and help you keep doing long-term. If you have a chance, check out http://max-mobility.com/products/smartdrive/ and read up more on their product.
Here at Wheel:Life, we always have your health interests in mind and as more innovative products such as this come out, we will be sure to keep you in the loop and updated. Now get out there and enjoy life, these days are the best of the year!
More Fundraising Help from Wheel:Life
In this book, you’ll review 10 brainstorming ideas for different types of fundraiser events to benefit an individual with a disability who needs assistance for medical equipment, physical rehabilitation, adaptive sports equipment or daily medical needs.
Throughout the book, author Lisa Wells shares real-life examples and success stories from her interactions with disability advocates, non-profit supporters and Wheel:Life members throughout a healthcare marketing career that spans more than 20 years on three continents.
10 Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities features interviews from:
• Paralympian Bert Burns on how he raised support to begin his career in wheelchair racing
• Project Walk Atlanta participant Leslie Ostrander on how she raised money for additional rehab
• The founders of 100 Songs for Kids on their annual music event to benefit children’s medical charities
• Rolling Inspiration creator Chris Salas on how he lined up sponsors for his SCI peer support group
and power soccer team
• The creators of Hunter’s Torch Daylily Garden, a fundraising resource for a child with special needs.
• The Independence Fund – a little known source of financial support for disabled US veterans.
About the Author: Justin Racine, from Boston, serves as a Marketing Manager for Care Resource. He graduated from Western New England University with a B.S.B.A in Marketing Communication/Advertising. When he’s not busy with Marketing, Justin enjoys competing in 10K races, Boston sports, and spending time with friends and family.