Electric wheelchairs are expensive, and there are many people with mobile disabilities who cannot afford to purchase an electric wheelchair. The good news is: there are programs that offer free wheelchairs to people who cannot afford them.
There are many different charity programs that donate wheelchairs, and other different mobility devices to people in need. Churches, and other organizations in your community offer charity foundations to people with disabilities. You can find out where to locate these organizations in your community on search engines, and social networking websites.
Free Wheelchair Programs
Medicare Part B covers most of the cost of an electric wheelchair if you meet all of the criteria. You must have a medical need for a wheelchair with a written doctors order. You also must be able to safely operate a wheelchair in your home. Schedule an exam with your doctor to determine if you are eligible for a wheelchair.
Medicaid will cover a scooter, or power wheelchair if it is necessary to complete daily activities. The use for an electric wheelchair, or scooter must be for primarily inside the home, or it will not be approved. Schedule an exam with your doctor to determine if you are eligible for an electric wheelchair, or scooter.
The Wheelchair Foundation is a charitable foundation whose goal is to provide a free wheelchair to people who need one, but cannot acquire one. More information is available at www.wheelchairfoundation.org.
The Free Wheelchair Mission distributes wheelchairs through beneficiaries for disabled people. This is a Christian organization that is devoted to helping provide mobility to the physically disabled. More information is available at www.wheelchairfoundation.org.
The Lifenets Wheelchair Project is an online database that encourages wheelchair donations between those willing to donate, and those in need. New wheel chairs are provided, used, and donated. More information is available at www.lifenetswheelchairproject.org.
Chariots of Hope is a nonprofit organization that donates wheelchairs to people in need. All wheelchairs are inspected, and repaired before they are donated. More information is available at www.chariotsofhope.org.
The best resources for receiving a free electric wheelchair are through Medicaid, and Medicare. You can find out if you qualify at www.medicare-medicaid.com. You must meet specific criteria to qualify for a free electric wheelchair through these programs.
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will need to provide a written doctors order for an electric wheelchair.
- You must need an electric wheelchair to perform your daily activities primarily inside of your house.
- Apply for an electric wheelchair through medicaid/medicare.
- If you are denied for an electric wheelchair through medicaid/medicare, explore other foundations in your community that donate mobility equipment to the disabled.
- Apply for further assistance through your community.