100+ Resources, Tips, and Discounts on Mobility and Accessibility Products for Seniors and the Disabled

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100+ Resources, Tips, and Discounts on Mobility and Accessibility Products for Seniors and the Disabled

If there's one thing certain in life, it's that each one of us is temporarily able-bodied. One way or another, someday, we will face losing our mobility, at least partially. So it's never a bad idea to consider the ways to obtain mobility products and assistance, even if we don't need it just yet. Additionally, many of us are or will become caregivers for mobility-challenged individuals and need information on how best to serve them.

We've taken a look at the different types of equipment and resources out there for anyone in need or interested. While not all sites are discount sites (most will attempt to work with your insurance company or Medicare to find you the best prices possible, where applicable), you can always catch sales if you check back from time to time.

Here’s what you’ll get in this guide:

  • 100+ resources for mobility/accessibility devices and mobility-related products

  • Organizations and services that help those with limited mobility

  • Tips for finding and securing financial aid and discounts on mobility and accessibility devices and products

To start, here’s a list of popular mobility and accessibility equipment, and the category it falls in:

Types of mobility and accessibility equipment

Many mobility and accessibility devices fall into three main categories. They are: 

Mobility aids

  • Walker
  • Wheelchair
  • Scooter
  • Cane
  • Crutches
  • Lift chair

Mobility home modification products

  • Stairlift
  • Elevator
  • Ramp

Mobility and accessibility Apps & Technology

  • Apps and hands free mobile technology
  • Speech generation products and tech
  • Vision assistance
  • Hearing assistance

Now, let’s dive into how you can apply for funding for accessibility equipment in the US.

Financial aid for mobility & accessibility equipment in the US

While outfitting yourself and your home for accessibility may seem like a daunting and expensive task, there are many government and non-government organizations that may assist with the cost of some of the above items, depending on what type of item they are.

IRS tax breaks

If you use a mobility device and itemize your deductions when you file, you might be able to deduct medical expenses for the previous year. This covers all sorts of medical and dental procedures and products, including hearing aids, wheelchairs, crutches, and things of that nature.

You might also be able to deduct transportation costs to and from doctor’s appointments and visits - check the IRS site for more info.

Medicare

While all medicare plans differ, Medicare Part B usually covers durable medical equipment (DME), which mobility devices fall under. Only durable, medical items that your doctor prescribes for use in your home qualify as DME.

Some of these items include:

  • Canes
  • Commode chairs
  • Crutches
  • Hospital beds
  • Manual wheelchairs and power mobility devices
  • Patient lifts
  • Traction equipment
  • Walkers

Anyone with Part B medical insurance is covered, and you’ll most likely only end up paying 20% of the total cost. Other options can include renting the equipment, which might be a good idea for someone with temporary mobility issues, like a recent hip replacement patient.

You can search here to find mobility product suppliers that offer Medicare rates & discounts.

Financial assistance for veterans

There are a few ways that Veterans can receive aid for mobility products.

Veteran-Directed Care

The U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs offers a Veteran-Directed Care program that allows senior or disabled veterans to consult with their caregiver and receive assistance with buying items and services that will help them live independently in the community.

TriCare

TriCare offers health care coverage to veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families. They offer financial aid to supplement Medicare costs for veterans. As a part of their coverage, TriCare offers three grants that are awarded to help with the cost of updating your home to be more accessible:

  • Special Home Adaptation Grant: Offered to veterans who are blind or unable to use both of their hands, goes towards renovating their home so they’re able to live on their own without the assistance of others.
  • Specially Adapted Housing Grant: Offers financial help for home renovations to veterans who were disabled from their service, or have something causing one of their legs to not function properly.
  • Temporary Residence Adaptations Grant: Financial support offered to veterans who qualify for a SHA or SAH, and who are temporarily living with a family member. The grant allows for updates to be made to this residence.

CHAMPVA

The U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs offers the health care service CHAMPVA to spouses or children of severely injured or deceased veterans. CHAMPVA offers payment assistance for some DMEs, but you’ll have to check to see what might be covered for your individual plan.

Medicaid

Medicaid coverage varies by State, but they offer both assistance and waivers for individuals experiencing mobility and accessibility impairment. You can check on your state’s policies on the Medicaid website.

Next we’ll dive into some companies - offering both physical products and innovative technology - that can assist you with mobility and accessibility. If the company offers any type of discount at all, we’ve listed it here.

Mobility and accessibility apps & technology

As inevitable as it is to grow older, technology is inevitably becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. And luckily for those facing mobility challenges, they are changing the way we move about the world as well.

Apps and hands-free mobility technology 

Here are some apps that work to improve mobility and increase your overall quality of life:

  • Ablephone makes adaptive hands-free and voice-activated phones.

  • Enabling makes switches which allow the disabled to control communicators and switch-enabled devices/toys/gadgets with even the blink of an eye.

  • Eyetech, Eyegaze, and Tobii create systems using eye-tracking technology and speech to assist users with controlling computers, wheelchairs, and other devices.

  • Harmony Ultimate Hub from Logitech turns your phone or tablet into a remote control device for controlling your television, stereo, and other in-home technology without assistance. There are usually plenty of  Logitech promo codes available (they often offer 5% off your purchase).

  • Nest allows users to work their own home thermostat, smoke alarms, and more without assistance. Check here for Nest discounts like free shipping on all orders at Nest.

  • PEAC creates assistive technology to help the severely disabled to navigate and control their environments.

  • Tecla is designed for hands-free tablet and smartphone usage, and once set up, can assist with control of not only mobility scooters and wheelchairs, but every aspect of a home that can be connected to a smart device.

  • Uber lets you look for wheelchair accessible vehicles to get you from point A to point B. Uber frequently offers promo codes for new riders, but there are also some ways for existing riders to get discounts, too.

  • Wheelmate allows wheelchair users to easily find accessible bathrooms and parking areas throughout 30,000 locations within 45 countries - and they are expanding on that! Wheelmap does the same, but you can contribute your accessible finds to their list when you visit new areas as well.

Speech generation products and technology

  • AbleNet offers speech generation technology, toys, assistive technology kits, apps, and other iPad-based communication devices. They offer funding options and possible loans as well, along with discounts.

  • Gus Communication Devices offers speech generating devices for autism, stroke, cancer, ALS, and other disabilities in the form of iPads, iPods, Windows, Mac, handheld, tablets, and more with funding options from Medicare and private insurance.

  • Voice for Joanie offers computer technology and assistance to those who are unable to speak due to ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  • Zygo makes a variety of speech generation and alternative communication devices.

Hearing assistance technology

  • Assistech makes products to enhance or improve hearing, vision, dexterity, mobility, and more

  • Starkey makes hearing amplifiers, aids, and other tools and accessories for hearing assistance. Check out their U.S. veteran assistance options and 30-day free trial on latest styles.

Vision assistance technology

Physical mobility aids and accessibility devices

These these retailers offer physical products you can add to your daily life to make things more accessible for you.

Beds, desks, and accessories

  • Adjustables Beds sells various types of adjustable beds deliverable anywhere within the continental United States.

  • Electropedic sells and rents adjustable beds in several regions of California

  • Infogrip offers assistive technology for a variety of uses including making keyboards accessible via hand-held devices, ergonomic computer furniture, accessible "joysticks" for games, and more.

  • AirDesk creates ultra-adjustable projectors, stands, and other accessories to allow you to use your laptop or tablet while reclining, lying down, or otherwise.

  • Max-ability provides portable stair lifts, adjustable bathrooms, changing and showering tables, universal family restrooms and more.

  • Special needs computers makes bed desks.

Canes, crutches, and walkers

  • Discount Medical Supplies has canes, crutches, knee walkers, lifts, and more at affordable prices. They typically offer 5% off promo codes for your purchase.

  • Fetterman Crutches has all sorts of crutches with different types of accessories like hand grips and tips. You can donate to Fetterman's non-profit Peace Tips to provide rubber tips to those in countries where they aren't available as well.

  • JenWeir.com describes a vast selection of canes, walkers, scooters and more.

  • Just Walkers isn't actually just walkers - but they have a lot of them! They also have rollators, crutches, wheelchairs, canes, and more.

Scooters and wheelchairs (wheeled mobility)

  • 1800wheelchair makes everything from manual and electric wheelchairs to scooters, rollators, lift chairs, walkers, cushions, and all accessories - delivered to your door.

  • AllTerrainMedical and Mobility has affordable motorized scooters and wheelchairs as well as parts, lifts, ramps, cushions, and more.

  • Best Medical Supplies on Sale offers the best prices on all types of equipment for disabled individuals.

  • Best Price Mobility has scooters, wheelchairs, and accessories for sale or rental. Reserve one here for your spring visit to Orlando, Kissimmee, or central Florida!

  • First Street highlights the most innovative of equipment and technologies being offered to seniors and their caregivers. Check for discounts before you purchase, they frequently offer them.

  • Drive Medical provides numerous products for both consumers and providers worldwide. You can find deals on Drive Medical here.

  • EasyMedOnline has scooters, wheelchairs, lift chairs, ramps, and more, offering free shipping and in-home service.

  • Hoveround offers motorized scooters, ramps, stair lifts, and accessories throughout the United States. They always offer a free shipping discount.

  • JenWeir.com describes advice on how to select your first wheelchair, scooter, etc. when the need arises.

  • Karman has assorted wheelchairs, walking aids, and other mobility equipment and accessories including the standing wheelchair.

  • Mobility Scooters Direct offers discount deals on scooters, power wheelchairs, lifts, ramps, and accessories.Check out their scooter giveaways every 90 days here.

  • Preferred Health Care, or PHC, offers everything from wheelchairs and scooters to walkers, rollators, benches, and accessories - even hand cycles!

  • Pro Healthcare Products has all types of mobility equipment in addition to therapy equipment and more.

  • SpinLife has manual wheelchairs, and a 6% off promo code.

  • U.S. Medical Supplies has everything at discount rates - from scooters to lift chairs, platform lifts, walk-in baths, and even disabled-accessible elevators.

  • Used Wheelchairs has second-hand electric wheelchairs for sale and rent-to-own

Seating

  • Aquila makes custom seat cushion systems and accessories.

  • Ease makes state-of-the-art seating systems and cushions.

  • Go Mobility Solutions has portable shower and commode chairs.

  • Ocelco provides nearly every type of mobility equipment and part including seating and cushions.

  • Spine-Health offers ergonomic office chairs and other spine-supportive supplies.

Miscellaneous

Mobility home modification products

These products are tacked on to your existing home or place of living to make it more accessible for you. 

Stair lifts and elevators

  • Acorn Stairlifts offers stair lifts and servicing for straight, curved, and outdoor staircases. Next day installation is available.

  • Bruno makes stair lifts as well as power lift, vertical platform, and wheelchair lifts.

  • Discount Ramps makes affordable, quality ramps, including portable ramps, to allow wheelchair and scooter users access to your building or other area.

  • Handicare offers new, secondhand, and rental stair lifts.

  • Indy Stair Lifts offers both residential and commercial stair lifts.

  • Pennsylvania Stairlifts offers new, used, and rental stairlifts to both residences and businesses in the metropolitan Philadelphia area.

  • Williams Lifts offers stair lifts, rentals, repairs, and accessories throughout New Jersey.

Lifting and transfers

Other mobility resources, organizations, and services

It can be hard to see the light when attempting to live a normal life as someone with limited mobility. Hopefully, these money saving tips and resources can help you adjust as best you can. 

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This guide was published on March 27, 2018, and last modified on March 27, 2018.
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