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    #31
    Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
    Yep. You'll need to double check when the equipment supplier begins making suggestions, though. Just make sure it's a K0005 chair; many people in the industry use the terms "lightweight" and "ultralightweight" carelessly/interchangeably. Every chair you look at will have a K code. Very soon you'll be able to recognize the difference between K0005 and K0003 with a quick look.
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    Chas,
    I was given the impression from people and the Medicare/Medicaid sites, that the prescription, wheelchair assessment form, the order form for the chair you want with all special measurements, seat and back needs etc. had to be sent to Medicare all together. Do you know if that's correct? It does make sense so that nothing is "lost."

    Also that the script had to say you need a cushion that prevents pressure sores, a back that will help with your posture and whatever is needed for your particular medical condition.

    Thanks to the Competitive Bidding BS, it really narrows the DME suppliers you can use. Most in my area have pretty bad reputations for padding bills, not getting your measurements correct, letting the order sit for months before sending it in and all in all non-existent customer service and slow repairs afterwards. I don't know who to trust.

    My fresh out of school therapist has found a guy that is a certified seating and mobility person. Some of her other patients said he's the guy to get because he will get you what you need. Lets hope they're right

    He is bringing me a demo chair to try, hope it's right. Told the therapist "NO Quickies." I'm really leaning towards a Ti.

    Oh, people have also said that some DME suppliers will try to tell you they can only order X brand of chairs. But they CAN order anything you want, they just don't want to bother. If that's the case, I'd be looking for a new supplier.

    K9
    Ban the DEED,Not the BREED!

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      #32
      Originally posted by K9Sports View Post
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      Chas,
      I was given the impression from people and the Medicare/Medicaid sites, that the prescription, wheelchair assessment form, the order form for the chair you want with all special measurements, seat and back needs etc. had to be sent to Medicare all together. Do you know if that's correct? It does make sense so that nothing is "lost."

      Also that the script had to say you need a cushion that prevents pressure sores, a back that will help with your posture and whatever is needed for your particular medical condition.
      That makes sense to me, K.

      Perhaps I implied too much authority. I'm just a short-term chair user (~4 years). What I've said about Medicare I've learned only from reading, and experiences from being covered by Medicare for about 1.5 years. I cancelled my Medicare Part B because I quickly discovered how wonderful VA healthcare is. I have no Medicaid experience.

      I have never had a Medicare-provided chair (I can walk a bit, so I don't qualify for one). My VA doc Rxd a chair (I have no idea what the Rx said), and VA wheelchair specialists assessed my needs. While awaiting the appointment, I became a reasonably educated consumer, and met the specialists with a completed wheelchair order form. We discussed the form, but they did all the paperwork and ordering of the complete package.

      Having spent decades in the private healthcare/insurance world (before getting VA coverage 4 years ago) with a continual multitude of separate providers, I really enjoy and appreciate the simplicity of having and thoroughness of VA providers. Even so, I always educate myself about available choices before meeting with them, so they understand what's important to me. My choices of equipment are limited by what manufacturers have received VA approved vendor status (it's a huge choice).

      Originally posted by K9Sports View Post
      Oh, people have also said that some DME suppliers will try to tell you they can only order X brand of chairs. But they CAN order anything you want, they just don't want to bother. If that's the case, I'd be looking for a new supplier.
      Suppliers work for you. If you're not happy with one, find a different one. But the DMEs world is small - they all know each other, so don't burn bridges, just shop around for the best deal like you would for any other major purchase.

      When your choice of DMEs is limited, stand your ground - know what Medicare will pay for, know what you want. If you're not well informed, the DMEs will provide with what makes them the most money.

      Hope this helps.
      Chas
      TiLite TR3
      Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
      I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

      "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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        #33
        Thank you guys for all the help really appreciate it will see what happens hopefully it will go good!

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          #34
          OK Chas,
          I just tried to send a post and CC keeps posting a box that says my message is too short? No, not short by any definition. Will try again later. Had a crappy experience with a supplier guy (sigh)
          Ban the DEED,Not the BREED!

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            #35
            Hey Chas, you do know about the implications of not carrying Part B if you have medicare. I had decent health insurance when I was hurt and kept it until the new governor canceled thousands of us. I now have to pay a lot extra for waiting 5 years to start it. I have been receiving wonderful help from the VA since I got out of the hospital but concerned about needing to go to a non-VA hospital in a emergency or later ending up in a nursing home/independent living facility.

            The VA charged me over 20 grand for staying in a progressive care facility for 27 months even though I gave them all my monthly income. Of course just after I left, the rules changed so that catastrophically injured vet's no longer had to pay for care. Don't trust it to last forever though.

            There are also a lot of advantages to being duel eligible for medicare/medicaid. I get home care from medicaid.
            Just saying.
            C 5/6 Comp.
            No Tri's or hand function.

            Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

            Teddy Roosevelt

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              #36
              Thanks for the heads up. I thought I understood the ramifications, but apparently I haven't fully. I'll research some more.
              Chas
              TiLite TR3
              Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
              I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

              "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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              UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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                #37
                TiLite sucks for me also chair is only 2 1/2 years old been in the shop twice for major repair & it is STILL A PIECE OF SHIT.

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by allenstevens View Post
                  TiLite sucks for me also chair is only 2 1/2 years old been in the shop twice for major repair & it is STILL A PIECE OF SHIT.
                  Could you please tell us what exactly is/was the problems with the chair? I'm not that tech savvy so I don't know what "it sucks" and " still a piece of shit" mean in technical terms.

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                    #39
                    My last Quickie, a Quickie 2 Lite from 2012 was a disaster from the time it turned 6 months old. Never have I seen a worse caster design. Never have I seen worse caster flutter or been dumped from a chair more times. And customer service was horrid from Sunrise Medical. My dealer and rep went to bat for me. I switched to TiLite, push a Aero Z. I have had one problem with a stiff caster fork. Got on Facebook and explained my issue and my dealer closing up shop in Chattanooga so I had no arrangement for service. I went and ran some errands and came back 2 hours later. Logged on Facebook, TiLite messaged me and had me call them. They said I needed a new caster fork, or needed my caster bearings adjusted, they told me to call my nearest dealer. I did, the Cameron Company in Cleveland, TN instructed me to come in and get the chair examined by their technician. He came back 15 minutes later, adjusted the caster fork bearings, no trouble. This on a Friday afternoon. In one afternoon, my chair was back in business. That is superb customer service. Quickie made solid, well built, well engineered wheelchairs if a tad heavy when Marilyn Hamilton founded and owned the company. Since Sunrise Medical bought the company, Quickie chairs designed after the original designs have gotten progressively worse in all aspects, customer service has declined too. I pushed Quickie chairs as my only everyday wheelchair since 1987 and only last year has my loyalties changed. My wife and sons had Quickie rigids with frame failures at the caster brazings. None newer than 3 years old. Same attitude with their chairs, worse warranty since our sons' Quickies were Sopur European model chairs. My older son tried many chairs and went to using TiLite, younger son followed, and wife followed and I converted too. All 4 of us very satisfied with ours. Mine is a K0005 coded chair at that. So Medicare should be able to cover one. I'd go rigid frame and consider an Aero Z or Aero T.
                    Last edited by Kent T; 26 Mar 2014, 8:26 PM.

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                      #40
                      It sounds like the Q2 Lite is not near the quality of the Q2 I have. I got mine used a couple of years ago from someone who said her dad bought it new a year before that. Now I'd have to see a brand new Q2 to be sure if the new ownership of the company has wrecked the chair or not.
                      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                        #41
                        I will say with what I know, the old designs of Quickie have not changed too much. The newer have. So, a newly made ancient Marilyn Hamilton era 2 should be fine. It is proven as anything gets.

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                          #42
                          I'm going for evaluation for the wheelchair on the 16th was wondering should I know anything? Will they try and help me get a tilite chair thanks

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                            #43
                            I sat on Quickie 2 for 10+ years. The thing works fine. Yes moving parts wear. Moving parts on any chair will wear. I will say brakes did loosen rather quick. If you just tighten them, that will only make them wear even faster until you need to replace them. Putting nylon thread tape on the screws will solve this issue. You need be careful with whoever your supplier may be. Many times they only work with 1 manufacturer. Even though Medicare will pay for both Quickie and Tilite your supplier will keep telling you "Medicare" did not approve what you are trying to order. The bottom line was the supplier lying. They either make more $ on the other brand or did not carry it. Tell them you will pay out of pocket, they will get you anything in a heartbeat. I am not aware of Medicare paying for a K0009 titanium chair. Medicare does pay for the K0005 chair. WORK with your supplier. They are trying to make money.











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                              #44
                              A rigid chair would be good but I get transferred from chair to car etc would flip up footrest in a rigid chair help me?

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                                #45
                                Lumsta, we can't see how you and your carer manage transfers, and chances are no one here does it quite the same way! I've told you privately that a flip up footrest doesn't work for me because I need to spread my feet further apart to stand than the chair's frame will allow, but that you might be completely different. This is something that you need to try out. When you get to the stage of trialling/demoing a TiLite chair, ask to try one with this footrest. Then practice some transfers and decide whether it will work. It's really that simple.

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