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    Best option for a Stander

    Recently, I have decided to purchase a Stander. To allow me some relief from being in my chair all the time. I was wondering what brands and experiences people have had with them. I say some videos on Youtube that look really cool and it would allow me to reach things in my house I have not been able to do since my SCI. I am not sure if Medicaid/Medicare will pay for it, but I would be willing to purchase on my own otherwise. I checked out EasyStand already, but very new to this research and I can't seem to find a great deal on the internet. Thanks for any insight!.

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    The evolv by easy stand is a proven standing frame, good quality product. I have sold plenty of these standing frames and all my customers have been satisfied. I have not had any returns nor any problems , returns in over 4 years of selling this product. I view the website. Heres their website, good luck. Nick http://www.easystand.com/evolv/index.cfm

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    Forget Medicare. They will not cover them.
    Using it to reach things around the house would push you to a standing wheelchair. They are not cheap even for manual. You won't find one "off the shelf" at an internet retailer. When we went through the selection process about 10 years ago there was only the Standing Company, Lifestand and Levo. We demo'd Standing Company and Lifestand. Standing company would not discount from retail for a cash deal. Lifestand gave us 25% off which made them cheaper ($6K - $7K I can't recall exactly) as well not being so "low tech". Standing Company chair was OK but reminded me of something designed for the Russian military - heavy plate steel everywhere with anything complex a weld up from standard section. Lifestand used a lightweight steel tube frame with lots more cast/machined aluminum. Easier to push and transport if needed. I don't think our model of Lifestand is even available anymore. Standing wheelchairs are very rare on ebay or internet and, since they are customed sized to the patient, the odds any that are available will work for you are lower.
    If you just want to stand, I would investigate a used stationary stander. If that works out, then consider investing in something better if yo like it. The investement was not worth it for us. Those dollars would have been better spent on a lift system.

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    I love my EasyStand Evolve w/power up feature! Don't give up on fighting Medicaid or Medicare for this! I'm on Medicare and appealing with an attorney who specializes in this kind of thing (and works for free!) - he thinks I have a good chance of winning. Most people don't go the distance and private pay when they are told no the first time.

    There's also a good thread about standing wheel chairs here:
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=174783

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    Thanks for sharing. How expensive was the attorney if you don't mind me asking? Is it by the hour ora flat fee?

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    Next week we will be receiving a new stander. We were able to get it covered by insurance as an "orthosis". Perhaps that's worth looking into. I got the doctor/PT to write that it was indicated, and sent a letter to insurance that gave the costs of what it wold cost if we had to go to a rehab place 3 times a week to use one. Basically, I could show return on investment within a couple of months.

    We had to go with a basic type, but that's okay with us. Here are 2 models are used at many rehab centers here: Pronk ergo (in Dutch, but it shows pictures) and Otto Bock. We are getting the Pronk ergo and it cost around €3500.

    It seems to me that standers should be a medical necessity for people who are completely confined to a wheelchair. The medical benefits to standing only a daily basis far outweigh the long term medical costs of not standing.

    Certainly here in Europe standers seem like a neglected area. The doctor/PT thought it strange that we were trying to get one for home use. I think that when people are fitted for a wheelchair they should also be fitted for a stander if it is known that they will not be able to stand unassisted. We looked into standing wheelchairs also, but they were not an option for us unless we could afford have 2-3 expensive wheelchairs. We also don't think the technology is quite there yet.
    Last edited by elarson; 05-26-2012 at 03:28 PM. Reason: correct the price
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    Thank you so much for this helpful information. I know in the past I have been able to get letters from my physician in order to appeal the insurance companies when they denied certain ultra lightweight chairs. I will try getting a script next week and go from there. The one I was looking at is about $3000 US
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    Quote Originally Posted by russianrob View Post
    Thanks for sharing. How expensive was the attorney if you don't mind me asking? Is it by the hour ora flat fee?
    Nancy Perlich, funding specialist for EasyStand, helped me find a great attorney through Disability Rights Texas. DRT works through grants to help people get adaptive technology, and in my case, fight Medicare to fund my stander. My attorney is committed to getting Medicare laws changed in this respect, and the best part is his time is at no cost to me!:-)

    Check to see if you have a Disabily Rights organization in your state. Or you can contact Nancy:

    Nancy Perlich COTA, ATP
    Altimate Medical, Inc.
    P 877.844.1172
    F 952.937.0821
    www.easystand.com
    nancy@easystand.com

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    I have a circa 2003 EasyStand with the mobile kit option. It has been in daily use since then (I like standing putting my jeans on) with not a lick of trouble. With the footplates turned upwards, it takes care of stretching issues at the same time also, no drop-foot, etc.

    I managed to get it paid for via insurance, it was a battle, but eventually they snuck the payment under the vendor's door. I suspect it was just to make me go away as the EOB's didnt jive with what they paid the vendor. It really helped to have a good billing department on the vendor side to battle it out also (Apria in this case)

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