To get insurance coverage for Heavy Duty Manual Wheelchairs, your insurance provider must determine you have a "medical necessity" for the equipment. This means you must have a condition that requires the equipment to prevent, diagnose, or treat and illness or injury; such as, you are unable to accomplish daily living activities in a safe and timely manner in your home without the aid of a Heavy Duty Manual Wheelchair. This includes ruling out ambulating unassisted, using a cane or walker, having a weight capacity above 250 Lbs., and that you have sufficient upper body strength to self-propel in a Heavy Duty Manual Wheelchair.
A bariatric wheelchair is often referred to as a heavy duty wheelchair or extra wide wheelchair with extra weight capacity, reinforced cross braces, and various other design features to ensure that there is reliable durability to handle the extra support. These wheelchairs sport widths ranging from 20" - 30" depending on the patient's weight.