Serving the Seating & Wheeled Mobility Professional
Add e-motion drive wheels to almost any wheelchair
using two discrete adapters. While in motion,
sensors built into the pushrims measure drive movement
and provide the wheelchair rider with the
desired power. This allows riders to move, steer and
brake their wheelchairs with very little effort. With a
weight of only 17 lbs. per drive wheel, the e-motion
is one of the lightest active add-on drives available.
Cheelcare’s latest model features cutting-edge
controls to unlock the freedom of power assist
for anyone who has limited hand dexterity. The
user applies downward force to the handlebars to
accelerate, releases to stop, and pushes forward on
the handlebars to brake. This replaces the gripping,
twisting, or squeezing required by a standard twist
throttle or squeeze brake. It’s a game-changing,
front-mount solution, perfect for children, those with
quadriplegia, and those affected by Parkinson’s or stroke.
This innovative electric drive mounts easily
to the wheelchair whenever extra power
is needed (and is also easily removed). The
modern, sporty power unit significantly
increases a driver’s mobility and range.
Operate the SMOOV one via an ergonomic
control unit that mounts just about
anywhere on the chair. The SMOOV one and
the control unit can both be charged using
the included magnetic charging cable. The
SMOOV one app customizes driving experiences.
With a speed up 6 mph and a range of
up to 12 miles, SMOOV one takes on all types
of terrain and surfaces, including gravel, wet
roads or cobblestones.
Available in manual or hybrid-electric models, the QUICKIE Attitude hand bike is an add-on for QUICKIE Q7 NextGen, 7R, 7RS, 5R, QRi, GT, GP and Q2 Lite Fixed Front & Non Hemi. It has a four-point docking mechanism that allows the hand bike to lock so its user is ready to go in seconds. Starting at 32 lbs., Attitude is lightweight and easily maneuverable. The manual option comes with either the standard 30-speed gearing or optional 8-speed integral hub. Choose a thumb gear shifter or grip shifter for those with limited dexterity. To reduce fatigue, the powered motor can be engaged going into hill climbs or whenever a power boost is needed.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2018:
I looked at the power add-on wheels from Yamaha, the NaviONE. It does have some features that make it unique. The NaviONE has a system that controls all the components as one, where one wheel communicates with the other for more precise control and operation. They can also be set up for hemi propellers and users with uneven arm strength.
It has two different battery options, nickel and lithium, with the lithium battery’s expected range around 22 miles. It also has some built-in features for rollback prevention, downhill speed control, uphill assist, and side slope stability. The installation looks fairly straightforward to fit a variety of frames.
— Rick Graver, ATP, Medtech Services Inc.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2017:
I have a client who couldn’t push his manual [chair] more than 40 feet and needed power, but didn’t have a vehicle to transport the power. The new SmartDrive MX2 power assist has solved that problem for him. He is so excited to be able to keep up with his friends and even go faster than them. They now have to keep up with him….
— Toby Bergantino, ATP, Numotion
I look at power assist in two categories: push assist and self propel. The [best] self propel is without a doubt the SmartDrive. With the new model having connectivity to an app on the phone, it’s really expanded its capabilities in customization and tracking.
— Jeff Decker, ATP/SMS, CRTS, National Seating & Mobility
I look at power assist in two categories: push assist and self propel. [With] push assist, I think the e-motion wheels are the standard, with the ability to adjust how much it amplifies your push. And now with the smaller, Bluetooth-enabled Twion set, it cuts weight in half.
Providers continue to worry about their ability to meet Medicare delivery timelines
Updated paper includes discussion on emerging technology, such as ride-on toy vehicles.
Bill would exempt CRT manual wheelchairs and accessories from Medicare competitive bidding.
Two new additions impact 24-hour postural support and alternative driving controls divisions.
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