The Direct Backrest Frame is a specialized aftermarket backrest frame designed to mount Jay 3, Matrx Elite and Varilite Icon backrests ranging in width from 14″ to 20″. After removing the hardware that typically comes with each backrest, the frame hardware is able to mount directly to the backrest. Slotted mounting brackets and 1″ UniTrack linkage disks provide a close, adjustable mount that maximizes seat depth. By rotating the linkage discs, the frame allows for up to 10° of backrest pitch; and the spring-loaded release lever makes it easy to remove the entire backrest and frame assembly.

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Group 5 Power Wheelchairs

Part 19 in our seriesA to Z Considerations for Seating & Wheeled Mobility: A Quick Reference Clarifying Confusion Around CRT. SeePart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7,Part 8,Part 9,Part 10,Part 11,Part 12,Part 13,Part 14,Part 15,Part 16,Part 17, and Part 18.

While we have covered all options for adults when it comes to power wheelchair bases, there is one last topic to address. They are Group 5 power wheelchairs, which are simply pediatric power bases

Group 4 Power Wheelchairs

Part 18 in our seriesA to Z Considerations for Seating & Wheeled Mobility: A Quick Reference Clarifying Confusion Around CRT. SeePart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7,Part 8,Part 9,Part 10,Part 11,Part 12,Part 13,Part 14,Part 15, Part 16, and Part 17.

While Medicare does not recognize/pay for wheelchairs in the Group 4 category, it is important to at least briefly discuss this grouping as some private insurances, as well as the VA, will occasionally fund these bases. Also, some clients choose to pay the difference—out of pocket or through fundraising—to upgrade to this grouping of chair as it really is what best meets their needs.

Climbing the Insurance Ladder: Group 3 Power Wheelchairs

Part 17 in our seriesA to Z Considerations for Seating & Wheeled Mobility: A Quick Reference Clarifying Confusion Around CRT. SeePart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7,Part 8,Part 9,Part 10,Part 11,Part 12,Part 13,Part 14,Part 15, and Part 16.

Last week, we wrapped up our discussion of a general look at Group 2 power wheelchairs and who may qualify for this type of power mobility device. This week, we continue to “climb” the ladder to the next rung: Group 3 power wheelchairs.

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