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Power seat elevation is a feature that can dramatically increase the quality of life for power chair users. From in the home to school to the workplace to in the community, a power elevating seat can help make life safer for users, make social interactions more fulfilling, and give users access to common areas of their home.
Quantum’s safe seat elevation is unique in that it’s user-inspired, where not only does it elevate, but it stabilizes the power chair for safe operation at walking speed. For users, this means being able to grocery shop while elevated; this means navigating crowds at eye level; this means accessing high-top tables in restaurants; and, this means strolling the walking path with your partner, arm-in-arm. Of course, simply being able to adjust the seat height, with added stability, makes transfers safer.
Indeed, there are so many access, safety, and quality-of-life benefits to safe seat elevation that some insurers and other resources will fund it. Here are resources available to help you fund this life-changing technology.
FICTION: “Nobody” pays for power adjustable seat height
FICTION: Adding safe seat elevation will delay your order
FACT: The VA, Workman’s Comp., Vocational Rehab Programs, Medicaid and Commercial Payors (including Medicare and Medicaid replacement plans) will consider funding for power adjustable seat height on a case by case basis when it is shown to be essential for:
My insurance company denied my request for a power wheelchair with power adjustable seat height.
What do I do?
If the third-party payor denies your request for powered mobility (or a power wheelchair with power adjustable seat height) make certain they explain WHY they denied the request as you have appeal rights. It is possible they did not receive sufficient detailed information as to WHY you need to use this feature, exactly HOW it benefits you and WHEN you will use it throughout the day.
It will be important to show what you are NOT able to do, or need help doing at a low, static seat height and then also document what you ARE able to do with the seat elevated, and at what height. This may include transferring to/from the chair, reaching items that are overhead, being able to make your needs known without causing pain in your neck as you look up to try and communicate with others, etc.
At present, not all insurance companies cover power adjustable seat height. At Quantum Rehab, we believe that power adjustable seat height provides unique benefits that will enhance your mobility and your independence. Some consumers have turned to fundraising to absorb the cost of power adjustable seat height. One approach to fundraising is called “crowd funding” where people in need of help reach out online to request support from a large group. One such program, GoFundMe.com (not affiliated with Quantum Rehab in any way) works like this…