Preventive Medicine for Your Medical Equipment

I thought I was finished. I’d just completed my annual physical, blood work, basic medical tests and all the results were good! Then I visited my neurologist, dentist and ophthalmologist for my six-month check-ups. It felt great to have all the routine medical exams completed for another year. I chuckled as I recalled the words of my late mother, “Dad’s and my social life consists of going to various medical appointments.”

“Owners should get their wheelchair vans checked over every four months for peace of mind. You deserve that security and assurance!”

That night as I was getting ready for bed and had just removed my leg brace, I noticed a piece of tape on the bottom that read “May 13, 2006”. It dawned on me that I’d not had my leg brace inspected for years!

Not only had I not had my leg brace checked, but much of my other medical equipment had gone un-examined as well. The next day I made an appointment with my physical therapist, the specialty store where I’d purchased my electric scooter, and, while I was at it, my BraunAbility dealership to have my accessible vehicle inspected.

As I spoke with these professionals, they all recommended the same thing: if you want your medical equipment to work best for you, make sure you’re taking care of it. For example, Dan Hanudel, the Service Advisor at Mobility Works where I have my Entervan serviced, made this suggestion: “Owners should get their wheelchair vans checked over every four months for peace of mind. You deserve that security and assurance!”

Common sense can dictate when you need to get your medical equipment checked out by a professional. If your walker is broken, your cane does not seem to fit your height anymore, take it in for a physical, just like you would yourself. Preventive medicine works not only for people, but their medical devices, too!