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Thread: Is there a database of there different PowerChairs over the years?

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    Is there a database of there different PowerChairs over the years?

    There's Jazzy or lrs-2, abc+, permobile, invocare, Quantum, X-15 (wait.. that was something else)............. It would be nice to be able to sort names and manufacturers and models over time in an effort to quantify fair prices and parts and such.
    It's tough to play catch up when you get thrust into this new world of machines.

    C3 quad, my house is OK but not built for Handicapped access, riding in my rural yard, riding at the mall/restaurants, possible return to work, I can operate joystick, I can't walk at all, no auto driving.. we have medical ins .through employer prior to incident.

    Going through the OT,DME process now but.....need backup opportunities when they arise.

    Are there any good sources of information or is it a vendor by vendor search?

    Thanks as always,
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    The search begins with your needs/abilities >AND< the environment it'll be used. These have to compliment each other as best you can. That will cut your search in half. Examples; C3 quad, my house is small, I like riding in my yard, I can operate joystick, I can't walk far if at all some days, etc. This is some of the things you and OT/PT will need to discuss. Reach out to others (like you are now) with similar circumstances, ask what/how they are doing things. Right or wrong is not the issue, it's what works best for you.
    Don't just take what ever they give you, know what you need.
    Insurance is a big issue unless you can fork out $40k with ease for a power chair. Many used ones on Ebay, cheap, but be sure you know what you need and beware with anything Ebay.
    No data base I'm aware of. Lots of DME sites you can select type of chair/scooter/powerchair.

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    Wheelchair Junkie used to be a great website for discussing power chairs; sadly it was closed and converted over to a blog for it's founder, Mark E. Smith, who died last year. Some people have recommended http://www.wheelchairdriver.com/.

    I don't know of any other good on-line resource like what you are looking for, other than our members here.

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    Like SCI-Nurse is correct! Before WheelchairJunkie closed it was a great resource of any type, maker, etc of powerchairs.
    I never been to Wheelchair Driver, I was thinking it is in different country, but I may be wrong.
    Someone once at WCJ put link to either CMS or some government agency that showed what chairs had met requirements for Medicare coverage which in turn most all insurance companies follow suit.
    If someone knows that link I'd like see what is out there these days, too!

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    What happened to usatechguide.org?
    C-6/7 incomplete

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    I'm happy to rebuild the info if we can find some sources. Would seem like a helpful resource. Would anyone have a copy of the Wheelchair Junkie website files?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMarkin281 View Post
    I'm happy to rebuild the info if we can find some sources. Would seem like a helpful resource. Would anyone have a copy of the Wheelchair Junkie website files?
    I doubt they exist. it was largely a discussion forum like this one. You certainly could contact Mark E. Smith's family through his blog site to see if they have any interest in this, have access, and would allow you to access. https://powerchairdiaries.com/


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    I've been poking around on the Wayback Machine... tons of good info to read but not seeing a "list". perhaps it's there somewhere. This is not a 100% capture but lots is still there.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20051225...i?action=intro
    https://web.archive.org/web/20060113...one/page2.html
    https://web.archive.org/web/20051217...com/page2.html
    https://web.archive.org/web/20051216...votpoints.html

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