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  • The Nitro Walker by Drive Medical - Simply The Best!

  • How to Assemble and Use the Bellavita Bath Lift by Drive Medical

    Below is a video followed by a step by step guide to put together your new Bellavita Bath Lift

    1. Verify that all the parts are present.

    2. Before first use the battery has to be charged. The battery is located in the hand control. Plug the charge into the hand control. Make sure the plug is in all the way.

    3. Plug the charger into an AC outlet.

    4. The light on the hand control will be red and turn green when finished. This will take about four hours. A charge will last up to six cycles depending on the weight of the person and condition of the battery. By charging the battery after each use the battery will be maintained at its fullest potential.

    5. Install two of the suction cups to the front underside of the unit. Press the tongues of the front suction cups into the provided recesses in the base plate.

    6. Install two of the suction cups to the rear underside of the unit. The tongues of the rear suction cups must be directed away from the unit.

    7. Two additional suction cup locations are available on the base of the unit if needed. Additional suction cups are available from your dealer.

    8. Insert the backrest of the unit into the bearing blocks of the seat

    9. Make sure the lifting rod is positioned correctly in the base as the back is tilted rearward.

    10. Tilt the back reward as far as

    11. Slide the two upper tabs of the backrest cover through the holes provided on the top of the

    12. Align one of the locking buttons on the tabs with the corresponding button receiver in the backrest and push in. Repeat for the locking button on the opposite side.

    13. Align one of the locking bottom buttons of the backrest cover with the corresponding button receiver in the backrest and push in. Repeat for the locking button on the opposite side.

    14. Slide the wings of the bottom cover over the wings of the seat. Make sure the cut out of the cover is in the same direction of the cut out of the seat.

    15. Before the locking buttons on the seat cover can be engaged the wings of the seat must be pushed forward. If they are not the locking buttons will not line up with their receiving holes.

    16. Push in the locking buttons on the seat.

    17. After the battery is fully charged disconnect the battery charger. Plug the hand control into the rear of the backrest. Make sure the plug is fully engaged.

    18. The unit is ready to be used. Turn the unit on by pushing the green button on the hand control. To bring the unit up, push the yellow button and to bring the unit down, push the blue button. Push the red button to turn off the unit. If the unit is left on for more then 30 minutes it will automatically shut off.

    19. If the back is to be removed for easy transportation the lifting rod must be fully retracted. If it is not when it is separated use the hand control to fully retract the lifting rod.

    20. When transporting the base of the unit make sure the seat locking latch is

  • Should I Use Medicare When Purchasing HME Products?

    How to Navigate Medicare

    Navigating Medicare

    Navigating the ins and outs of insurance to obtain medical products can seem daunting. At HME Medical, we do not want you to feel confused or intimidated by these proceedings. Look over this infographic and let’s get rolling!

    Medicare of HME?

    When deciding how to procure the medical products you need, you have choices. If you opt for Medicare, you will receive your item (eventually), but service is slow and you must choose from one or two providers. If you purchase directly from HME Medical, you will get your quality products quickly and for a reasonable price without having to deal with the hassle of the medicare system and filing piles of paperwork.

    Competitive Bidding

    In most areas of the US, Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program comes into play. This means that Medicare is not guaranteed to pay for products unless they are provided by a specific supplier. If you live in an area affected by Competitive Bidding, and use Medicare, you may purchase through their suppliers. OR you can skip the paperwork and the wait and get your equipment directly from HME Medical Shop.

    • Not yet affected by Competitive Bidding. Receive no advantages from Medicare. Virtually all parts of the country will be affected by Competitive Bidding by the end of 2016. (In Map)
    • Areas affected by Round 1 (In Map)
    • Areas affected by Round 2 (In Map)

    What About Original Medicare?

    If you have original Medicare and are not in an area affected by Competitive Bidding, then you pay the supplier 20% of the approved amount if they accept your assignment. (the reimbursement for Part B also applies)

    Despite the fact that you can sometimes get your medical products cheaper, this complex process is time consuming. Obtaining your supplies directly from a company like HME will get your products to you faster and with less hassle.

  • How to change a brake on a Nitro Walker Rollator

    There are two methods for changing a brake on a Nitro rollator. The first method requires a 4mm Allen wrench, a Phillips screw driver, duct or electrical tape and 5’ of cord. The second method requires a 4mm Allen wrench, a Phillips screw driver and a long needle nose pliers.

    Method 1

    • Remove the crimp fitting at the end of the brake cable.

    • Loosen the cable fastener with a 4mm Allen wrench and remove.

    • Remove the brake cable from the cable adjuster and spring.

    • Remove the cable from the cable guides.

    • Tape a 5’ length of cord to as much or the brake cable as possible. Do not tape the cord to the cable housing. Do not make the taped section wider then the cable housing.

    • Grasp the handgrip and twist back and forth to remove.

    • Remove the screw holding the brake handle onto the handle bar using a Phillips screw driver. Remove the brake handle.

    • Remove the three screws holding the handle bar housing to the handle bar frame using a Phillips screw driver. Separate the two half’s of the brake handle to remove them from the hand bar.

    • Pull up on the cable and guide it through the hole in the lower frame. Continue pulling until it is out of the frame. Make sure the cord is not pulled into the frame.

    • Remove the cord from the old brake and tape the cord to the cable of the new brake. Do not tape the cord to the cable housing. Do not make the taped section wider then the cable housing.

    • Pull the cord until the brake cable comes through the bottom of the frame.

    • Attach the handle bar housing back onto the frame. The largest of the three screws goes into the center hole.

    • Slide the brake handle on to the handle housing. As the brake is slide forward pull on the brake cable coming out of the lower frame. Screw the brake handle in place.

    • Slide the hand grip on to the handle bar.

    • Slide the brake cable thought the two lower cable guides.

    • Slide the brake cable through the cable adjuster and spring.

    • Slide the cable fastener on to the cable until the brake blade is about 1/8” from the wheel.

    • Tighten the cable fastener.

    • Push any excess brake cable in to the hole in the lower frame.

    • Use the cable adjuster to make any needed adjustments to the brake. If the brake can not be adjusted to engage the wheel, loosen the cable faster and reposition as needed.

    Method 2

    • Remove the crimp fitting at the end of the brake cable.

    • Loosen the cable fastener with a 4mm Allen wrench and remove.

    • Remove the brake cable from the cable adjuster and spring.

    • Remove the cable from the cable guides.

    • Grasp the handgrip and twist back and forth to remove.

    • Remove the screw holding the brake handle onto the handle bar using a Phillips screw driver. Remove the brake handle.

    • Remove the three screws holding the handle bar housing to the handle bar frame using a Phillips screw driver. Separate the two half’s of the brake handle to remove them from the hand bar.

    • Pull up on the cable and guide it through the hole in the lower frame. Continue pulling until it is out of the frame.

    • Push the new brake cable down until the brake cable can be seen in the cable hole in the bottom of the frame.

    • Using a long needle nose pliers grasp the brake cable through the cable hole and pull the cable out of the frame.

    • Attach the handle bar housing back onto the frame. The largest of the three screws goes into the center hole.

    • Slide the brake handle on to the handle housing. As the brake is slide forward pull on the brake cable coming out of the lower frame. Screw the brake handle in place.

    • Slide the hand grip on to the handle bar.

    • Slide the brake cable thought the two lower cable guides.

    • Slide the brake cable through the cable adjuster and spring.

    • Slide the cable fastener on to the cable until the brake blade is about 1/8” from the wheel.

    • Tighten the cable fastener.

    • Push any excess brake cable in to the hole in the lower frame.

    • Use the cable adjuster to make any needed adjustments to the brake. If the brake can not be adjusted to engage the wheel, loosen the cable faster and reposition as needed.

    Courtesy Drive Medical
  • Medline Combination Transport Chair Rollator Video

     

    You can view the detail page for more information about Medline's Combination Transport Rollator.

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