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What You Need to Know About Buying a Wheelchair

The Freedom Mobility


I can't thank Kelly and her staff enough for how helpful and caring they have been during my mother's recovery. It is obvious that they have the client's best interests in mind. I highly recommend this company!
- Jill Layton Alperstein

A wheelchair is an investment into you or your loved one’s wellbeing. You want to be sure to buy the best one for their needs. Educating yourself about your options is the first step to finding the right wheelchair. Here are some of the things you need to know with regards to buying a wheelchair. 

You May Be Able to Get One for Free

You may not have to spend a dime for your wheelchair. Some insurance companies cover all the expenses associated with a wheelchair depending on your insurance coverage, your prescription, and your medical necessity. For almost all insurance companies you’ll need a prescription to verify your medical necessity. Talk to your insurance provider for your unique situation. 

The Average Lifespan of a Wheelchair 

A typical wheelchair can last between 2-5 years. How long your wheelchair lasts depends on the type of wheelchair, and how frequently you use it. The more often it is used, the shorter the lifespan. Before buying a wheelchair, think about how often you plan on using it. The answer to this will give you a starting point for deciding on a wheelchair. 

Features Matter

It’s rare that you’ll find a standard wheelchair that is perfect for your needs. Oftentimes, you’ll need to customize it. There are plenty of things you can customize on your wheelchair to make it a one of a kind mobility device. Here are just some of the things you can customize when you buy a wheelchair:

  • Battery life 
  • Style of seat
  • Seat cushion
  • Turning radius 
  • Type of controls

How to Get a Wheelchair

There are two ways you can go about buying a wheelchair. The first option includes going to your doctor to get evaluated, receive a prescription, and have your insurance provider cover some of the costs for the wheelchair. Once you do those things, you’ll need to find a wheelchair store in MD to purchase your mobility device. 

The second way you can go about getting a wheelchair is going directly to a local retailer, such as Freedom Mobility. You’ll most likely have to pay everything out of pocket, but this option will provide you with a large selection of wheelchairs to choose from, guidance from a certified Assistive Technology Professional, and ample time to decide on the right wheelchair that fits your needs.

Let’s Roll 

If you’re ready to get moving or want to get your loved one back mobile again with a wheelchair, Freedom Mobility is here to help. Our wheelchair store in MD has an abundance of manual, power, and custom wheelchairs that are sure to fit anyone’s needs. Call or contact us today!