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I see why the need for guide dogs to assist the blind, but why do some people in scooters have them?
Different handicap: People in scooters are handicapped with an inability to walk or move. Some are blind but most are not. Dogs can be used for orientation but also can be a warning, or a companion, and some are trained to retrieve objects for their owners. So they are multifunctional - isn't that terrific? ...Read more
Not covered: Medicare does not pay for scooter rental. There are some pretty stringent requirements for who qualifies for scooter. My experience is most people do not keep using them as they are not convenient. It wouldn't be a bad idea to rent one for a month or so and see if it is really something she will use. Talk to your doctor about getting authorization for scooter from medicare. ...Read more
There are: A few devices these days one can use if unable to use crutches. There is a device called a roll-a-bout which sounds like your knee scooter. You may also want to check out freedomlegbrace.Com. The goal is in all cases o be not weight bearing on the foot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Buy one: Cms regulations for motorized scooter are quite specific and available at their website or one of the popular "scooter" stores. If you do not qualify under cms rules for payment please do not ask your doctor to bend the rules or lie to get a scooter. If you cannot qualify under cms rules go buy one at a yard sale, craig's list, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would a mobility scooter and/or a back brace help with arachnoiditis? I've had 2 DCS since 2000. I could live easier with a brace and scooter.
Go with brace: if U are able to walk safely, keep walking and moving to maintain conditioning. ...Read more