Walker, Rollator or Knee Walker: Which is the Right Choice for Dallas Fort Worth Residents

When looking for a mobility device in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there are several styles to choose from. This blog post will explain the differences between walkers, rollators and knee walkers so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Walkers

1435947254A walker is a device with four legs that provides stability for the user. Many models have four rubber-tipped legs that require the user to lift the entire device with each step. Other have two small wheels that allow the user to lift only half of it. Walkers provide excellent stability for people who need it.
There are many advantages to walkers. Besides being the most stable of these devices, they are generally smaller and lighter than wheeled walkers. Some can fold completely flat, which is convenient for storage or trips in the car. The walkers that are configured to fit around a toilet can also eliminate the need for a grab bar.
There are some drawbacks to this type of device. Although it is very stable, walking can be slow. They also do not usually include a seat for resting on, which can be a convenience for many and a necessity for some. They are also not very useful on uneven terrain.

 

Rollators

1435947169Rollators, sometimes called rolling walkers, are simply walkers with wheels attached to all of the legs (most have four, although some have only three). They include hand brakes the user can employ to keep the device from going faster than is comfortable. Since they almost always include a seat, the brakes can also be locked in place to keep the rollator from moving when it is being used to sit. Some models can even be used safely as a transport chair so a caregiver can push the user, which is convenient for longer outings.

Rollators are great for individuals whose mobility is limited but are not too unstable. The wheels allow for much easier walking, and the larger wheels can make it feel more stable outdoors. The convenient seat is also a welcome place for a rest. Many also feature useful baskets under the seat for the storage of purses, bags or light shopping. However, they are sometimes cumbersome to transport; although most fold up, they will take a significant amount of space in the back of a car.

 

Knee Walkers

Knee Walker Dallas Fort WorthKnee walkers are also known as knee scooters, since they resemble children’s scooters. They are intended for individuals with foot, ankle or leg injuries below the knee who would typically use crutches. The knee walker can have two to four wheels and includes a steering mechanism and handbrakes. There is a horizontal bed on which the user rests their injured leg, so they walk with one leg while the other rolls along.

Knee walkers present many advantages over crutches. Many patients find them easier to maneuver and more comfortable to use. Since they leave the arms free, it is easier to perform everyday tasks while using it, and they may be safer since the wheels won’t snag like crutches could. However, they are larger and heavier than crutches, which can be an inconvenience when transporting them.

Walkers are generally considered to be the best choice for people with severe mobility problems, or who are very unstable. People who are more able to get around will want to consider rollators, while those with an injury to a foot or ankle would be well-suited to a knee walker. If you are uncertain about what is best for you or your loved one, consult with your health care professional to find the best choice.  Mobility Healthcare is located in Lewisville, TX and serves customers all over the entire Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.  Our staff is professionally trained to help you to chose the appropriate mobility device for your unique needs.  Contact us today or stop by and visit our showroom in Lewisville.

Knee walkers are great alternatives to crutches for residents in Dallas Fort Worth

1436876916If you’re injured and facing a long-term recovery period, using crutches is probably not the best option for you in terms of comfort and practicality. A knee walker, or knee scooter, is a great alternative to traditional crutches for anyone who’s recovering from an ankle, foot, or knee surgery or injury. Sometimes also referred to as knee cruisers or leg walkers, these innovative mobile devices are designed to allow your injuries to fully heal while enhancing your overall independence and mobility.

A knee walker looks very similar to a push scooter designed for a child, except that it additionally has an elevated pad and platform in order to comfortably rest your knee. One of the best features about a knee scooter is that it requires little to no upper body strength, which greatly diminishes the risk of back strain and general fatigue that often happens while using conventional crutches. A knee walker enables you to remain in a comfortable, upright position while using your healthy leg and foot to push you forward in order to navigate indoors quite easily and outdoors on fairly smooth surfaces.

Although it may have a few limitations, a knee scooter is one of the best designed devices to facilitate an injured person’s mobility due to a lower-leg or knee injury. Here are some of the key benefits of using a modern-day knee walker.

Mobility

When it comes to getting from point A to point B, there’s no easier device to use than a knee walker other than an actual wheelchair or stretcher. Although it can’t traverse up and down stairs, it’s incredibly easy to use. As long as the surface is fairly flat, you can reach your destination.

The knee scooter itself has both handlebars and the right-sized wheels in order to navigate the device in the direction you wish to go. The handlebars can easily be adjusted in order to accommodate the user for an even smoother ride, which makes it super easy to steer around tight spaces and corners. Because a knee scooter is designed much like a children’s scooter, no special training or instructions are required to use it.

Comfort

Because of the adjustable foam knee pads and the fact that you can remain in an upright position, a knee walker is very comfortable to use, especially compared to using crutches that are notorious for creating very sore armpits. The height of the knee scooter is 100% customizable, which allows maximum comfort for the user. The handlebars are adjustable as well so you’ll never have to stoop over in an uncomfortable manner while steering the device.

Storage and Weight

Knee walkers have the ability to handle a great deal of weight in spite of their lightweight design. However, it’s still important to choose the proper model and size based on your body type so you can be adequately comfortable. Most scooters can accommodate at least 300 lbs. or more. Furthermore, a knee scooter is very easy to both handle and store when you’re not using it since the innovative design folds and collapses quite easily into a compact position. This highly-desirable feature makes both storing and transporting the device a breeze.

Overall, using a knee scooter rather than a wheelchair or crutches will enable you to enjoy a greater degree of mobility, comfort, and freedom, while performing your daily routine as you recover.

Mobility Healthcare in Lewisville believes in various mobility solutions based on each individuals needs. If you have not used crutches before, we are sure you have heard from others how painful they can be for long distances.  We have a large variety of knee walkers for both rental or sale and have provided thousands of mobility solutions for Dallas Fort Worth area residents.  Call us or stop by and visit with our professional staff to determine if a knee walker rental or purchase is good solution for your needs.

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Which Type of Wheelchair is Right For Me?

medical supply storeWith up to 2.2 million people in the United States depending on wheelchairs for day-to-day tasks, there are now a variety of different options available to patients with mobility issues. Medical supply stores now stock several different types of wheelchairs, each of which have their own benefits and disadvantages. If you’re looking to increase your mobility options, here are the different types of wheelchairs that are available at your local medical supply store.

Motorized Scooter
A motorized scooter allows those who have difficulty walking long distances. A mobility scooter has a seat positioned over three, four or five wheels. They have a flat area or foot plates for the feet, and a delta-style steering arrangement in the front to turn one, two, or three wheels. Mid-range mobility scooters typically travel faster than other mobility options, at a speed of about five to seven miles-per-hour. Motorized scooters can easily move around curbs and road crossings, but can be difficult to maneuver with crowds.

Power Wheelchairs
Power wheelchairs allow the user to direct the chair using a small joystick. This is great for those who have limited mobility who seek maximum independence. These chairs are similar to motorized scooters, but do not have the same kind of driving control, making curbs or roads a bit more difficult to maneuver. Note that these chairs typically will not fit in most cars, although they can fit in modified medical vehicles. These chairs give users the greatest mobility range, but typically cost more than the other options.

Manual Wheelchairs
Manual wheelchairs may be the most difficult to operate, but they make up for it with their reliability and ease of accessibility. Typically, manual wheelchairs are easier to bring into stores, and can easily be folded up and placed in the trunk of a car. In addition, these wheelchairs are less expensive. However, possible secondary complications, such as sore arms, wrists, or shoulders, can occur after a long time of use. These types of chairs are not recommended for those who have severe mobility issues.

Do any of these sound like good options for you? Let us know in the comments.

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The WHILL power wheelchair brings innovation to Dallas Fort Worth

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Mobility Healthcare is always looking for the latest innovation in wheelchairs to bring to the Dallas Fort Worth market.  There has been a lot of buzz over the last couple of years about the all new WHILL power wheelchair coming to the U.S. and it is now available.  This innovative and futuristic wheelchair has many wheelchair consumers excited and we are very excited to now be a local dealer of this all new mobility device.

The CEO and founder of WHILL, Sagoshi Sugi, was inspired and motivated to develop a cutting-edge wheelchair for one of his neighbors. Although he required the use of a wheelchair, he didn’t like being viewed as crippled or weak in public. Therefore, he wanted to design a wheelchair that would allow the user to feel cool and confident, while benefitting from the advances in technology in order to improve their overall experience.

More than Just a Power Wheelchair

Between WHILL’s advanced technology and savvy design, it’s taking the concept of personal mobility to a whole new level overall. With its ground-breaking technology and minimalistic beauty, Whill is providing mobility with uncomplicated style and versatility. In a WHILL, people see the actual user of the power wheelchair rather than the wheelchair itself. The overall design is very sleek and modern-looking.

A Life Without Boundaries

WHILL’s power wheelchair has the ability to move effortlessly virtually anywhere you desire to go. It’s a unique combination of both high-tech performance and incomparable beauty. It was designed and engineered to easily incorporate the different aspects of your lifestyle, whether you’re working, playing, or resting, which essentially makes it one of the most elegant yet powerful electric wheelchairs found anywhere. WHILL was actually designed by former Nissan and Toyota automobile industry engineers and experts. Also, it’s the first ever mobility device to include All Direction 4WD, which is a core technology that facilitates full terrain coverage and advanced motion.

Benefits of Using a WHILL Mobility Device

Some of WHILL’s most unique features that set it apart from other electric wheelchairs in the industry include the following:

  • Larger, unique front wheels that maintain the ability to easily maneuver over steep hills and rough terrains along with gravel, snow, wood chips, and grass.
  • Has All Direction 4WD and a minimal turning radius.
  • Offers the choice between an ergonomic joystick or mouse controller style to steer the chair, which can accommodate either right or left-handed users.
  • Seat glides backwards or forwards, enabling easier table seating and smoother transfers.
    Arms can easily glide up to allow the user ample space when sitting at tables or desks.
  • Ability to control ‘Acceleration Management System’ that enables users to personalize both the movement and speed of their WHILL, which can also be accessed through a smart device app.

In general, the controller that steers the WHILL was developed to imitate the way a person uses a mouse on a computer, including the ability to turn on a dime with 360 degrees of free motion. The front wheels consist of 24 tiny separate tires, which enables highly maneuverability while indoors, while the 4WD is ideal for traversing rough terrain outside. This innovative power wheelchair is able to top out at a speed of up to 6 miles per hour without wobbling or tipping. The battery takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge and can provide enough power to facilitate a trip up to 15 miles long.

Although the individuals who use power wheelchairs do in fact require their assistance, using a WHILL electric wheelchair feels so modern and innovative from the look and feel of a more traditional electric wheelchair that it seems more like a privilege to use it than an actual necessity.

We are very excited to be the very first dealer in the Dallas Fort Worth market to have a WHILL mobility device at our Lewisville location so that Dallas Fort Worth could experience the features and check out the innovation available via the WHILL wheelchair.  If you are interested in checking out the chair, please feel free to contact us as we would love the opportunity to show you the latest innovative power wheelchair on the market.

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Power wheelchairs enable Dallas Fort Worth residents to be more independent

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Power wheelchairs enable people to move around freely within their homes and communities and also help to increase their personal independence in spite of their limited mobility overall.

When it comes to power mobility, it’s primarily available in the form of either power wheelchairs or electric scooters. The personal choice to use one or the other greatly depends on the abilities and the needs of the user. Understanding some of the key benefits that power wheelchairs offer can help you in making the right decision.

Conserving Energy

A power, or electric, wheelchair is very helpful to conserve someone’s energy. This aspect is especially true for individuals with certain disabilities, such as post polio syndrome or multiple sclerosis. An electric wheelchair can enable individuals to be mobile inside their home or out in the community without the need to expend a great deal of energy and muscle fatigue. As a result, it allows them to engage in activities they enjoy or have to perform.

Conserving Space

The primary difference between an electric scooter and a power wheelchair is the turning radius. Usually, power wheelchairs have a significantly smaller turning radius, meaning they’re more maneuverable in tighter spaces. Also, electric wheelchairs have more options in terms of front wheel drives and center wheel drives for greater manageability in smaller spaces in general.

Traveling

Electric wheelchairs enable individuals to travel longer distances overall. This is a very important advantage for people with limited mobility since it gives them the chance to travel much further around the community vs. using a manual wheelchair.

Seating

The seating options on power wheelchairs have more customizable features. This is crucial for people who need to use positioning devices for stability and trunk control. They can be customized with back and seat cushions with a number of positioning features for better comfort.

Also, electric wheelchairs have various options for power recline and tilt, which are ideal for people who spend most of their time in a wheelchair due to limited mobility. Both recline and tilt features offer relief for those who have to sit for extra long periods of time.

Safety

In an electric wheelchair, there is much less worry about the possibility of falling or experiencing an accident due to the stability of the wheelchair itself.

Various Terrains

Power wheelchairs have the added benefit of traveling safely over a wide range of terrains due to the different wheel positions and types of tires. The most common position for wheels regarding electric wheelchairs are essentially rear wheel drive, whereby the biggest wheel is in the rear and the front holds smaller casters. This provides a greater degree of stability overall both indoors and out.

On the other hand, front wheel drives or center wheel drives, whereby the bigger wheels are in the front or center of the electric wheelchair alter the center of gravity concerning the wheelchair and can therefore help in maneuvering the wheelchair over curbs and other obstacles.

Consider all the physical aspects such as visual perception, posture, and comfort when choosing an electric wheelchair for best results.

Mobility Healthcare, located in Lewisville, has been providing residents in the Dallas Fort Worth area with various types of wheelchairs for many years.  We have a well qualified staff to assist you in selecting the most appropriate wheelchair for your unique situation.  Aside from all the power wheelchairs offer, they are also covered by some insurance providers including Medicare. We also have have power wheelchairs available for retail purchase as well as for rental.  Contact us for more information.

Review Of The New Java Wheelchair Cushion By Ride Designs

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For those who are in a wheelchair in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there are many great resources to assist you with your seating and positioning needs.  We have some of the best clinicians, hospitals and therapists in the U.S. and now there is a great new product that can help you with your seating and positioning needs.  Having the right positioning product can be a life changer and we are very excited to talk about a new product on the market.  In this blog post we take a look at the all new Java® Wheelchair Cushion by Ride Designs.  Here is a quick video review by Ride Designs of the new wheelchair cushion:

Product Overview

In this section we take a look at the different aspects of Ride Designs’ creation: the Java cushion. These are:

1. Basic Description: The contour of the wheelchair cushion works by the principle of redistributing the pressure forces. This means that those areas that are prone to postural stress have a decreased force of shear applied to it, while the bulk of the pressure is redirected to the areas that are soft and more tolerant. The basic premise of this design is a systematic reduction of long term skin risk as well as a reduction of deep tissue risk that adversely affects the muscle tone of the gluteo-femoral muscle range.

2. Research Backing: The Ride Designs Java Cushion is one of the only wheelchair cushions ever to have taken part of a university level research project. Here is a summary of the research:

Interface Pressure Mapping (IPM): 

Methodology: 10 subjects with SCI, Paraplegia were taken of which 9 were male and 1 female. The average age was 45 and the average time since onset was 20 years. The Interface pressure measurements were performed using the Xsensor pressure mapping system and 5 2-minute trials were concluded with both an air cushion and the Java cushion with the cushions being unweighted between trails.

Objective: The aim of the research was to compare the IPM dispersion index between Java Cushion and the air cushions. The dispersion index (DI) is the sum of pressure distributed over the IT and sacral regions divided by the sum of pressure readings over the entire interface pressure mat and is expressed as a percentage.

Results: Interface pressure mapping results indicate effective “off-loading” of the Java Cushion and the dispersion index was significantly lower on the Java Cushion compared to the air cushion, particularly among chronic SCI subjects.

MRI Research:

Methodology: 10 subjects were taken, all with SCI, Paraplegia. The average time since onset was 18.4 years, with most recent being 3 years, and longest being 30 years.

Objective: The objective was to compare deep tissue deformation below the ITs and surrounding the femoral head under three conditions: 1) Fully suspended, 2) Properly-inflated Air Cushion, 3) Java Cushion.

Results: There was little tissue deformation on the Java Cushion as compared to sitting on a properly inflated air cushion as was evidenced by measurement of muscle and fat thickness below the ischial tuberosities.

3. Advantages of the Product: As can be seen from the research summaries above, the entire conception and design of the Java Cushion is one based on accurate, scientific testing. The main advantages of investing in this cushion are:

  • It provides greater stability while sitting and reduces postural stress.
  • There is a marked reduction in deep tissue distortion as can be seen from the MRI research.
  • The contours of the wheelchair cushion allow for optimal heat and moisture management that can reduce skin sores.
  • The entire cushion is really lightweight and shows up to a 43% reduction in weight as compared to the normal air cushions.
  • The Java Cushion can be adjusted using the Ride CAM wedges and well inserts for added comfort and better protection of the skin and deep tissues.
  • The cushion can be adjusted according to anyone’s needs by simply adjusting the thigh support accessories. In short, this is one of the most versatile wheelchair cushions designed by Ride Designs and can be used for one and all.

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  • There is also a significant reduction in long term skin damage due to the off-loading of high risk areas such as the: Ischial Tuberosities, Greater Trochanters, Coccyx/Sacrum and the Perineum (Groin).

We are very excited to be a Ride Designs provider in the Dallas Fort Worth area.  The Mobility Healthcare Rehab team specializes in providing high end seating and positioning products and have access to many types of wheelchair cushions to trial with clients in the DFW area.   Contact us today if you are a physical therapist, occupational therapists or a consumer and would like to evaluate the cushion. The new Java Wheelchair Cushion might just be that seating solution that you have been looking for that might change your life!

The New Quantum Rehab ILevel Wheelchair Is A Great Option For Dallas Fort Worth Consumers

 

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The Quantum Rehab iLevel Wheelchair is the latest innovation designed to help wheelchair users improve their quality of life and may be an excellent option for many Dallas Fort Worth consumers. The product mainly functions as a seat elevator (available on the all new Quantum Rehab Q6 Edge 2.0 base), allowing users to elevate their position to a standing height. Now, this might seem like such a simple feature to a long-standing product, but the iLevel manages to offer so much more to completely change the life of the wheelchair user forever.

For those who are thinking about a new wheelchair, the following are some of the pros of using the iLevel Wheelchair compared to other wheelchairs:

Elevation Speed

Being at a seating height all the time can be tough. Although you can easily reach objects on the table, some overhead cabinets are just too far away to handle. More often than not, wheelchair users have to ask someone to grab something for them with the chair only really offering mobility without the convenience of reach.

Through iLevel, this is no longer a problem. Access the simple functions via the wheelchair joystick and have the chair elevated to a standing height in a matter of seconds – a vast difference from other wheelchairs that take a long time to elevate.

Walking Speed While Elevated

iLevel manages to offer safety and security at an elevated level even while the chair is in motion. Using advanced technology, the equipment enforces balance and precision while moving at a speed of 3MPH – the typical walking speed of individuals. Climbing using this product is also not a problem since iLevel was created to handle a 1.5-inch threshold.

Excellent Control and Mobility

Slim and not at all bulky, the iLevel wheelchair is made for easy navigation through a crowd. Using this device, you will not be occupying more than the usual space when walking through hallways or other crowded areas. The iLevel can be controlled through a simple set of electronics, giving users complete power over their movement.

Safety and Comfort for the User

Of course, let us not forget the extent of comfort offered by the chair. Create with excellent seating and positioning in mind, users of the Quantum Rehab iLevel power wheelchair will find the seating more than adequate. It offers a comfortable back support that promotes proper posture to prevent backaches and secondary issues.  It can also be fitted with another back support from other manufacturers of seating and positioning products.

Social Convenience

Perhaps the best thing about this wheelchair is that it allows users to achieve a different plane in social convenience. No longer do you have to talk to someone at lower eye level – the wheelchair makes it possible for users to walk, talk, laugh, and have discussions with their friends and family at a more convenient pace. With the added height, people who use this product also have the added protection of visibility when crossing streets, allows easy access to elevator buttons, smoke or fire alarms, door viewers, and so much more.

Mobility Healthcare’s complex rehab team has qualified ATPs on staff to evaluate consumers, along with their physical or occupational therapists for this high end product. Contact us today for a demonstration of the all new Quantum Rehab iLevel wheelchair.  With our headquarters located in Lewisville, we serve the entire Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area.

Get Moving Again With A Power Wheelchair

9526561A power wheelchair is a special type of medical equipment for those who have limited mobility. Up to 2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for their day-to-day tasks, creating the maximum amount of independence for those who are challenged with mobility issues. Read on to learn more about power wheelchairs, and how they can benefit you or your loved ones.

Power wheelchairs are a motorized wheelchair that can allow a person to travel long distances without any assistants. Power scooters typically have three, four, or even five wheels, a seat, a flat area to rest the feet, and handlebars. Other designs feature a delta-style steering arrangement in the front of the scooter, which turns one, two, or three steerable wheels. Typically, mid-range mobility scooters have a speed of about five to seven miles per hour, which is faster than the average walking speed.

Power wheelchairs are beneficial to those who are easily worn out due to disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis. Power wheelchairs help those who have difficulty moving get around their home without having to waste too much energy. This means they’ll be more likely to enjoy activities that are important to them, and will need less assistance for their daily tasks. They are also great for smaller, tight spaces, as the power steering can easily be maneuvered around tight corners.

There are many benefits that a power wheelchair can bring to you or your loved one. Power wheelchairs allow for the highest amount of mobility, and helps those who struggle to keep their independence. If you believe a power wheelchair is the right option for you, visit your local medical supply store to find the best power wheelchair for your needs.

Lift Chairs Offer Safety And Comfort For Lewisville Residents

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Everyone wants to be able to feel comfortable and relax in their own home. However, some people, such as the elderly, disabled, or injured, have difficulty relaxing in standard chairs or couches due to the severe discomfort getting in or out of the seats or simply sitting in one position for an extended period of time causes them. It’s terrible that many live with the feeling that they will be in severe pain if they simply try to sit down in their living room to watch television in the evenings. Fortunately, lift chair recliners offer a simple solution for any such individual who continuously feels significant discomfort in regular chairs.

Lift chairs are comfortable, plush seats that are designed to enhance relaxation comfort for elderly, disabled, or injured individuals with limited mobility or chronic pain. They do not stand out in homes, as they look virtually the same as any armchair you might purchase at a local furniture store and are available in an incredibly wide variety of colors, styles, and materials just like any other chair. However, these special chairs are equipped with several features that set them apart from a standard armchair or reclining sofa and make them an excellent choice for any individual whose comfort needs cannot be met by regular relaxation seating.

Lift chairs are different from regular armchairs because they are designed specifically to move into multiple positions to make getting in and out of the chair easier as well as to make sitting in the chair more comfortable. The user can change positions while getting in or out of or while sitting in the lift chair by pushing buttons on a simple hand control attached to the side of the chair. The common feature of lift chairs is their ability to shift up from the back into an elevated position that allows an individual to lower themselves into the chair and stand up out of it more easily. This position also makes it easier for elderly, injured, or disabled individuals with a more severe lack of mobility to transfer themselves into or out of the lift chair from a wheelchair.

Different lift chairs include varying other positions. Some include more than others; lift chair recliners can recline all the way back so the user can lay down flat in the chair to rest or even sleep, or they can recline partly so the user can watch television or read in a relaxed position that relieves stress on the neck. Oftentimes, lift chair recliners will also be equipped with a variety of special neck and head pads in order to further enhance the comfort of the user. Furthermore, in order to further enhance the comfort of the user, lift recliners are generally available in a variety of heights and weight capacities so people of varying sizes can purchase the chair that best fits their unique specifications.

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Lift chairs offer an incredible solution to many of the comfort and pain problems that plague an abundance of individuals every day, allowing those who normally experience severe pain while moving to achieve the relief and relaxation they deserve.

Mobility Healthcare has a wide selection of lift chair models to choose from at our Lewisville, TX showroom including differing fabrics, colors and much more.  We can even customer order a lift recliner if you don’t see one in stock to match your home decor.  Call us or come by the store to check out our selection.