I’m not ‘confined to’ or ‘imprisoned by’ a wheelchair. I can’t walk and am therefore ‘liberated by’ my chair. – Steve Gleason
While many may see a power wheelchair as a sign of disability, a properly fitted wheelchair can provide an individual with functional mobility, postural support and access to their environment.
The Team Gleason Power Wheelchair Guide is focused on providing individuals living with ALS the information needed to feel empowered to advocate for themselves during the wheelchair evaluation and beyond.
When any daily activities are limited or impossible to complete because of fear of falling or fatigue (regardless of whether it is muscle fatigue or difficulty with breathing), it is time to consider a mobility aid. Additionally, if the task takes an unreasonable amount of time or includes any danger of injury, it is possibly time to consider a mobility aid. Talk to your medical team, including your Neurologist to help identify what you need to support your activities.
Mobility aids can be anything from canes and walkers to power wheelchairs with multiple power seating options. As ALS is progressive, each individual may find themselves using different mobility aids at different times. That being said, it is important to note that insurance will typically only cover the cost of one mobility-related piece of durable medical equipment every 5 years, so it may be beneficial to use grants or a local loan closet to acquire some of the smaller devices while maintaining insurance coverage for the full power wheelchair purchase.
This guide will help an individual find the wheelchair that fits their unique needs and desires.
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