Responding to an increasing need among Florida residents who require wheelchair repair and maintenance services, WI Medical of Largo has expanded to better help this growing market. Statistics show that over 3.5 million people use a wheelchair everyday, with more than half of those users being above the age of 65. Now those wheelchair users in Florida have a reliable service for repairing and maintaining their power wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
“For many of our clients, their wheelchair is a necessity. It allows them to be mobile, to care for themselves and their family, work or travel. When their chair stops working, their life can come to a standstill,” says Pat Wolfe, CEO of WI Medical. “Our intent is to help our clients get repair services as quickly as possible so they can get back to their daily routines.”
Advancement in design and construction have made power wheelchairs lighter, more durable and generally longer lasting. However, many wheelchairs, from lower end models to complex rehab chairs with price tags above $50,000, come with limited warranties. Many of these wheelchairs come with only a 1-3 year warranty depending on the make, model and manufacturer.
Not only is warranty coverage limited, but finding a company to actually provide the repair service is difficult. Many companies who sell the wheelchairs don’t provide repair services. Or, if they do, those repair services are outsourced making it difficult to schedule time with technician, order parts or get reliable service quickly.
For many people, because of the constant daily use, their wheelchair becomes a very personal product. They rely on it. They identify with it. It’s customized to their specific needs. But like any machine, it needs regular tune-ups and maintenance. Parts need to be replaced or adjusted. Joysticks and drive controls give out with continued use. Batteries, which power the chairs, are expensive and will need to be replaced. Also, as a user ages or their bodies change or their needs change, their chairs may also need to be adjusted to best fit them.
“Our repair technicians are experienced professionals. Not only are they able to fix a broken wheelchair, but they’re able to recognize when a client may need to find a new chair, may need to make adjustments in their home to better accommodate their chair or when they may require the help of an assistive technology professional, says Wolfe.
WI Medical’s network of wheelchair and mobility scooter specialists can service most locations within Florida. Clients who are in need of service can reach the company online at WI Medical (s) and by phone at 1-877-895-0039. Clients have the ability to schedule both in-home service calls or phone support.
WI Medical is a national home health, durable medical equipment and supply company offering a variety of customized solutions to help our clients live a more mobile, safe and comfortable lifestyle.