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Patient Lift Buying Guide

Struggling with mobility can make even the simplest tasks seem impossible. That's where patient lifts come in– essential tools that make day-to-day transfers easier for both the patient and caregiver. From moving between rooms in the house to getting in and out of the pool, the right patient lift can safely move patients without putting any unnecessary strain on anyone.

However, with so many different models, features, and requirements to consider, finding the perfect patient lift for your needs can be overwhelming. That's why we've created the Ultimate Buyer's Guide for Patient Lifts. Here, we’ll  cover everything you need to know to make an informed purchase decision.

And if you still have questions or need help choosing the right lift, our team of product specialists with decades of experience are always available to assist you.

In this guide:

  • Who are patient lifts for?
  • Electric vs manual patient lifts
  • Manual patient lift example
  • Electric patient lift example
  • Foldable patient lifts
  • Foldable patient lift example
  • Sit-to-Stand lifts
  • Sit-to-Stand lift example
  • Specialty Lifts
  • Bath lifts
  • Pool lifts
  • Heavy duty patient lifts
  • Heavy duty patient lift example
  • Features to consider when buying a patient lift
  • Conclusion- The perfect patient lift is in reach 

Who are patient lifts for?

A patient lift can be helpful in any situation where patients have mobility issues. For example, it can be useful for patients who are recovering from surgery or have a chronic condition that affects their mobility, such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. Patient lifts can also be useful for elderly patients who may have trouble moving or standing up due to age-related issues like arthritis or osteoporosis.

Electric vs. Manual Patient Lifts

While both lifts can be excellent, reliable solutions, there are key differences depending on your preferences. 

Electric patient lifts are powered by a rechargeable battery and can be operated using a remote control or a handheld control unit. Power patient lifts are designed to reduce the risk of injury for caregivers and patients, as they eliminate the need for manual lifting and require less physical exertion.

Manual (or hydraulic) patient lifts, on the other hand, require the caregiver to manually pump a hydraulic lever or crank to lift the patient. They are typically less expensive than electric lifts and are a good option for caregivers who require an affordable lifting solution. However, a hydraulic lift requires more physical effort to operate and can be more challenging to maneuver, especially with larger patients. They may also be less suitable for patients with complex care needs.

See the table below for a side-by-side comparison of manual vs electric lifts

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Manual Patient Lifts

Introducing the Advance-H Portable Patient Lift – the versatile and functional hydraulic lift that will make your life as a caregiver easier and more comfortable. With its foldable design, this lift can be easily transported and stored without the need for tools. Its oversized handle and foot-operated leg spreading mechanism allow for increased control and minimal physical exertion, making it a breeze to use.

The adjustable base can slide underneath furniture with minimal clearance, and the lift range accommodates transfers from a variety of surfaces.

Review from Jean W: It has been a life saver. My husband is confined to bed and it helps me to be able to lift him. I am able to raise him so I can change the sheets and pads on the bed by myself. Without the lift I would not be able to keep him at home.

Electric Patient Lifts

Whether you're caring for a loved one at home or working in a clinical setting, this best-selling Hoyer lift is designed to meet all your transfer needs. With a lifting range of 29”-76”, it can handle most transfers with ease, and the 6-connection sling bar makes it easy to switch between slings and positions. The curved sling bar and reverse-mounted actuator provide ample leg and headroom, ensuring a comfortable and spacious transfer for the patient. Lightweight yet sturdy, this lift supports a weight capacity of up to 400lbs, making it perfect for both home and clinical use. Ergonomically designed with caregivers in mind, every aspect of this lift is designed for comfort and ease of use.

Review from Nancy M: Absolutely love this. We purchased this Deluxe Power Lift and never looked back! This is a godsend! For a heavier person, with many aches and sensitive skin, this is SO much more comfortable and quicker than the pump pump pump if the hydraulic. Worth every penny.

Folding Patient Lifts

Needing extra mobility assistance shouldn’t stop you or a loved one from travel. There are many foldable and portable lift options designed to take with you on-the-go. 

Folding patient lifts are designed to be compact enough to quickly fold down for easy storage in a corner, closet, or trunk of a vehicle. Many folding patient lifts can also be disassembled into two pieces for easy transport. These lifts are typically electric, which allows the lift to fold down into a compact size. 


A staff favorite, the Hoyer Advance-E 340 lift is a reliable and versatile solution to any transfer situation in everyday life. Its unique 3-point style connection point and swan-neck style leg design provide complete stability and close access to any kind of furniture or wheelchairs. With a working load of 340 pounds, patients can feel safe and secure during transitions. Caregivers can reduce strain and risk of injury with its push-button functionality and oversized handle. The lift's remote control push-button operates almost silently and its rechargeable battery contains up to 60 lifts in a single, 8-hour charge. 

Review from Kurt B: We just took our folding lift on our first trip and it is working great. I used it for a couple of weeks to check and we now prefer it to our regular, and much heavier, lift. It is so much easier to move it around and position for use. Completely happy with it.

Sit-to-Stand Lifts

Sit-to-Stand lifts, also known as stand assist lifts, are an excellent option for patients who are partially weight-bearing and need some assistance to transfer from one surface to another. These lifts offer additional support to help patients lift themselves into a standing position, making it easier for caregivers to move them to another location. Sit-to-Stand lifts are particularly helpful for patients who can sit up on their own, bear partial weight, and hold onto the lift. Patients who are able to bend their hips, knees, and ankles can also benefit from these lifts.

Apart from simplifying transfers between seated surfaces, Sit-to-Stand lifts also encourage patients to develop muscle strength over time, making them an excellent tool for rehabilitation. Patients play an active role in the transfer process, which boosts their self-confidence and sense of independence. By providing patients with a helping hand, Sit-to-Stand lifts can improve their quality of life and overall well-being.

We highly recommend the Hoyer Journey sit-to-stand lift as a practical and economical choice for those who require a sit-to-stand lift that can be easily adapted to fit the full range of individual needs of any patient. Its unique cow-horn mechanism makes it adjustable to fit almost any patient, eliminating the need for multiple differently-sized lifts. Its folding design allows it to stand unaided, making it easy to store and transport. The compact size allows for easy maneuverability through tight spaces, and a bump guard helps to protect surrounding furniture.

The Hoyer Journey features an adjustable kneepad and lifting range of 28.4” to 60.2”, making it a versatile purchase for any professional care setting. The lift is powered by a 24V DC rechargeable battery, and comes with a Hoyer Deluxe Standing Sling. 

Review from Jerry W: This device was a "shoulder saver"! My previous lift was one that used an acme screw. I used it three to four times a day. I could feel my rotator cup popping with every turn. With the addition of the Journey 340 and a power lift hospital bed, I may be able to last a little longer as a Caregiver!

Specialty Lifts

Fewer places in the home present more of a fall risk than the bathroom. Cold, hard surfaces and slippery tile can be a recipe for disaster. 

Bath lifts provide a safe way for loved ones with mobility issues to enter and exit the tub, without expensive remodels. These lifts are designed to help users safely and comfortably lower themselves into a bathtub and then raise themselves back up again when they are finished. They can be particularly useful for people who have difficulty standing or sitting for long periods of time, or who have balance or strength issues. 

Bath lifts are typically lightweight, affordable, easy to use, and can be easily installed in a home bathtub. 

Pool lifts can make a world of a difference when it comes to enjoying exercise, aquatic therapy, and general fun-in-the-sun on hot summer days. Uniquely designed to help users enter and exit swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs safely, these lifts are built to last and can withstand water exposure. 

This is particularly helpful for individuals who have trouble with steps, ladders, or need an extra helping hand. These lifts come in both manual and electric models. 

Heavy-Duty Patient Lifts

Heavy duty or bariatric patient lifts are designed to support individuals who weigh more than the typical patient lift capacity. These lifts can support a weight capacity of between 500-700 pounds, depending on the model. They are constructed with durable materials such as steel or aluminum and come with wider bases and larger lift slings to accommodate larger individuals. 

These durable lifts for bariatric patients ensure safe transfers for both loved ones and caregivers, providing peace of mind and a more comfortable and secure experience for everyone involved.

The Maxi Move Power Lift is a high-performance, battery-powered passive sling lift that prioritizes safety and comfort during patient transfers. With a weight capacity of 500 pounds, this lift is designed for use in demanding care environments, but it's also suitable for home care. The handheld control unit provides complete control for caregivers, while the ergonomically designed maneuvering handle allows for precision and comfort. Two batteries are included as standard, and the automatic safety cutoff ensures the lift will stop if it's lowered onto an obstacle. The lift also includes a battery discharge indicator and a service indicator for accurate usage readings. Simple instructions are included, making this lift easy to use and operate.

Features to consider when buying a patient lift

While you’re in the process of finding the perfect patient lift for your needs, here are some items to consider: 

Caregiver strength: Some lifts require more physical effort to operate than others. Will the caregiver be able to operate a manual lift, or is an electric lift preferred? 

Lifting height: Will you be primarily lifting the patient from the bed, or will they require lifts from as low as the floor? How high do you need to lift the patient? Will you often be maneuvering around bulky furniture (in which case, lift adjustable U-legs may come in handy)?

Budget: The costs of lifts can vary widely. Consider your budget range and input it into your online search or tell your product specialist your price range. 

Lifting scenarios: Will you be using this lift in the home, or taking it with you in transport scenarios? Is the lift for one patient only, or to be used with multiple patients? Your unique scenario requirements will inform the best lift for your needs. 

Sling requirements: Slings are one of the most important parts of a lift, as they directly touch and support the patient. Slings come in a variety of models and materials– be sure to check sling compatibility before purchasing a patient lift. 

Safety features: Modern patient lifts include unique safety features such as emergency stop buttons, manual emergency lowering, low battery indicators, and more. 

Weight Capacity: Lift models exist for all variations of patient sizes. Check the weight capacity of your lift to make sure it can safely operate with your patient. 

The perfect patient lift is in reach

Finding the right lift can make all the difference in safety and quality of life for you and a loved one. This guide was designed to help guide you in the process of discovering the perfect lift solution for your unique needs and lifestyle. 

If you’re still looking for some personal assistance, our team of product specialists here at Med Mart are always available to help. Whether you’re looking for power lifts or a pool lift, we’ve got you covered. 

7 Tips for Fall Prevention in the Home

Falls become an increasingly serious health risk as family members and loved ones age. One errant step or slip can result in serious injuries: broken bones, hip fractures, or infection. The best way to protect against these accidents? Take steps today to promote fall prevention in your home. 

In this guide, we'll offer seven tips to decrease the risk of fall injury. These range from inexpensive home modifications, to overall adjustments the care team can make for older adults.

In this case, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.

Work with a professional

One of the most important steps in the fall prevention process is to work with a professional as needed. A physical therapist or occupational therapist can work individually with loved ones to improve muscle strength and injury recovery.

These professionals can conduct a formal risk assessment, offering tailored fall prevention strategies for your unique situation. In physical therapy, older adults can improve their strength, balance, mobility, and endurance for daily activities like walking or using the bathroom.

Remove obstructions

Start by looking around the home for common obstructions that could become a fall hazard.

Keep an eye out for:

  • Electrical cords
  • Wrinkled carpet
  • Uneven steps
  • General clutter

Under the right circumstances, anything blocking a clear pathway around the home can create a fall risk.

Take an hour to walk through your home and identify any possible hazards. The good news? Most can be quickly removed without expensive home renovations.

Increase visibility around the home

Healthcare research has found that vision impairment is one of the primary risk factors for falls in older adults. 

Combat low visibility by installing night lights, track lighting, and brighter lights around the home. While ambient lighting may create a relaxed mood, it isn't always the best option. Lowlight shadows can distort visibility, especially around corners and in stairways.

Focus on bright, accessible lighting across the home.

Improve bathroom safety

Do you know what the most dangerous room in your home is? Few living areas have more potential for serious injury than the restroom. Wet floors, hard tile, and slick surfaces all create an environment ripe for fall risk.

Install nonslip mats, a shower chair, and safety rails throughout your bathroom to create a safe, more navigable environment.

Need some extra inspiration? Check out our Bath Safety catalog for a comprehensive list of tools and devices to improve bathroom safety. 

Lean on lift chairs

Transfers, such as transitioning from a seated to standing position, can present a significant fall risk for loved ones with mobility challenges. In the case where a family member or caregiver is not always available to help with these transitions, a lift chair can be a valuable tool. Users can independently lift themselves from a sitting position to their feet with the press of a button.

Unsure of where to start? Check out our bestselling Cloud MaxiComfort Power Lift Recliner or the VivaLift! Atlas Plus 2 Lift Recliner

Install grab bars

Grab bars are affordable low tech solutions to provide a helping hand around the house, wherever it's needed. Install metal handholds in hallways, bathrooms, entryways, or anywhere else in your home– the possibilities are endless.

These assistive devices prevent falls by offering a sturdy place to rest and lean on for support.

Have a plan

No matter how comprehensive your fall prevention strategies may be, accidents can happen. Care team members should frequently audit an older adult's risk factors, as well as create a tailored plan in case something goes wrong.

Decide in advance what to do in case of a fall. Consider a wearable emergency alarm system, establish who to contact in case of emergency, and keep hospital staff informed of any significant health changes. Having an established plan in place helps everyone stay calm and prevent further injury or distress.

With the right precautions in place, loved ones can live a much safer everyday lifestyle in their home.

If you have any further questions on the right equipment for preventing falls, please reach out to the product expert team here at Med Mart. We’ve been providing expert advice and helping families for over 30 years–– we would love to help you find the perfect solution for your home. 


The Benefits of Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattresses

There’s little doubt that quality of sleep is essential for overall health and well being. Despite that, a full 7-19% of adults do not get enough sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle (National Institute of Health). Selecting the right bed for optimal sleep is one of the most important purchases you can make for you or a loved one’s overall health– it can even save your life! 

For adults dealing with chronic illnessess, a loss of mobility, or a stationary lifestyle, finding the right bed is exponentially more important. 

While most people know the importance of finding the right long term care bed, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important elements of a good night’s sleep: the mattress. 

The right medical air mattress can support medical treatment and offer much needed pressure relief for loved ones. 

In this blog, we'd love to introduce you to two of our favorite mattress types that help support patients: pressure redistribution mattresses and low air loss mattresses. 

What is an alternating pressure Mattress?

Pressure redistribution mattresses and low air loss mattresses, while not exactly the same, often provide similar benefits. They are often used interchangeably, but have important differences. 

Alternating pressure mattresses are designed to periodically change the pressure distribution on different areas of the body. Multiple air chambers periodically inflate and deflate, maintaining constant pressure over time. This alternating pressure therapy helps alleviate pressure points, improve blood circulation, and reduce the risk of developing bedsores or pressure ulcers. 

What is a low air loss mattress?

On the other hand, low air loss mattresses focus on addressing issues related to heat and moisture buildup during sleep. These mattresses are equipped with small air-filled cells that allow constantly circulating air flow. This helps maintain a cooler, drier sleep surface, and also prevents pressure sores by continually pumping air through the mattress. 

While alternating pressure mattresses primarily address pressure relief and circulation, low air loss mattresses primarily address temperature and moisture levels (thought they do have pressure-relieving benefits as well). However, some mattresses incorporate both alternating pressure and low air loss technologies, offering the benefits of alternating pressure, circulation improvement, and temperature regulation in a single mattress.

What are the main benefits?

Overall, these mattresses provide the following benefits: 

  • Pressure ulcer and bedsore prevention
  • Relieve chronic pain caused by pressure points
  • Help maintain skin integrity by reducing friction
  • Prevent excessive moisture buildup or sweating during sleep
  • Promote blood flow and circulation

Who can benefit from a low air loss or pressure redistribution mattress?

These carefully designed mattresses can benefit many types of patients, but are a particularly good fit for loved ones at risk of developing pressure ulcers or bedsores. This typically includes patients who are bedridden, have limited mobility, or spend most of their time in bed. Those who struggle with excessive sweating can also benefit from the cooling technologies of a low air loss mattress.

Hybrid Mattresses

Why not have the best of both worlds? If you can’t decide between a low air loss or pressure redistribution mattress, many mattresses offer both features at the same time. For example, the Deluxe Air LAL 2-1 Alternation Mattress is designed to provide both alternating pressure and air loss therapy. The mattress features 18 air cells that can create static and alternating pressure therapy. 

When shopping for the perfect long term care bed for you or a loved one, it’s important to carefully consider your mattress choice. Pressure redistribution and low air flow mattresses support the caregiving process and promote a healthier lifestyle overall. 

Need some assistance finding the perfect mattress match for you? Our team of product specialists would love to help– Give us a call anytime and together we’ll find the best fit for you or a loved one. 

The 5 Top Bariatric Lift Chairs of 2023

About Bariatric Lift Chairs

Need help moving from a seated to standing position? For bariatric patients who struggle with mobility, heavy duty lift chairs can make a world of difference in everyday life. These lift chairs are specifically designed to support a high weight capacity, and are built with incredible durability.

A bariatric lift chair features a sturdy frame and a motorized lift mechanism. This functionality allows the seat to be raised or lowered with the push of a button, helping users sit down and rise from a seated position safely. These chairs are often equipped with a variety of features designed to increase comfort and safety: including armrests, adjustable headrests, and lumbar support. 

Here, we've put together a comprehensive list of the top heavy duty lift chairs available in the United States. These chairs lead the industry in terms of comfort and functionality, making them the perfect choice for your home. 

This ultra-durable lift recliner chair is a staff favorite, designed for users who require extra support. It’s built with a heavy-duty lift frame, weight capacity of up to 600lbs, and an extra-wide 30in seat. A unique Dual Motor Sync System ensures smooth movement by automatically sensing and aligning both motors. An unexpected power outage? No problem–a small backup battery will keep the chair fully operational.

For all-day comfort and relaxation at home, the chair is manufactured with high-density REFLEX foam, which maintains its shape even through sustained use. The Heritage 358 HD XXl Lift Recliner also has large dual pockets for storing belongings, as well as a convenient USB charger for your phone. If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, optional heat and massage or head/lumbar pillows are available.

Golden Technologies knows that when it comes to choosing a lift chair, comfort is key. That's why they've redesigned their best-selling Comforter PR-505 into the newly updated MaxiComfort PR-535. With ultra-padded armrests, an extended arm design, extra wide seat width, and a high weight capacity, this chair offers improved functionality and even more comfort. But the real star of the show is Golden Technologies' patent-pending MaxiComfort Zero-Gravity Positioning Technology. Not only does it allow you to recline into a zero-gravity-like position developed by NASA, but it also provides relief from lower back pain and muscle tension. And with pre-programmed recline settings for TV watching and Zero-Gravity, plus programmable buttons to save your favorite positions, you'll be relaxing in comfort all day long.

The Comforter Wide HD Lift Recliner by Golden is a leading lift chair in its category. With a contemporary style and weight capacity of 500lbs, it’s a perfect fit for any home. The chair is built with two heavy-duty motors and a three-position reclining mechanism, making sure you can always relax into the ideal position. The chair also features a hand-stuffed sack back, lumbar support, and full chaise pad support, providing a soft and comfortable surface. 

This lift chair is packed with additional features:  it has a SmartTek diagnostic system, Non-Skid Leg Levelers for extra stability, and a battery backup system. The Comforter Wide HD Lift Recliner also includes a three-year warranty for any part, including electric components.

Introducing the PR502, a lift chair designed to provide ultimate furniture support and comfort for users weighing up to 700 pounds (our highest weight capacity in stock!). Equipped with triple motors, this chair allows for separate operation of the footrest and back, providing a range of position options for maximum comfort.

The 33" of comfortable space between the arms is perfect for users seeking a spacious seating area. The cushions are made of high-density foam for durability and the seat cushion is reversible for even wear. Once you relax into the generously padded armrests and back, you’ll never want to leave! 

If you're looking for a lift chair that combines comfort, style, and strength, look no further than the Pride Heritage Line LC-358XL 3-Position Heavy Duty Lift Chair. This bariatric chair boasts an impressive 500 lbs. weight capacity and a roomy 26-inch seat width. The seat and chaise pad are made of high-density REFLEX Foam for maximum durability and comfort. With the new Dual Motor Sync System, you can enjoy smooth, uninterrupted motor operation. Whether you're lounging with a book or taking a nap, this lift chair has got you covered with its quiet and smooth lift actuator. Add the convenience of a USB charging port on the hand control, and you can stay fully charged while you relax in style.

Find a bariatric lift chair sturdy enough to fully support you, with all the comfort and amenities needed to create your ideal lifestyle. Our team of highly trained product experts are always available to lend a hand and help you find the perfect heavy duty lift chair for your individual needs. 

Mobility Scooter vs Power Wheelchair: Which is best for me?

Two of the most common everyday mobility solutions are power wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Both allow users to easily navigate daily excursions without the stress of walking, though they do have important differences. Here, we’ll cover what differentiates power wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as how to choose which solution is best for you. 

Mobility Scooters

If you or a loved one needs some extra support “getting around”, mobility scooters are the most popular, affordable option. These battery-powered scooters are great for users who need only mild to moderate mobility assistance, as they do require arm and torso strength to operate the tiller handle. 

Mobility scooters can be excellent for travel: many models fold down or disassemble to be easily tucked away in a storage compartment. This bypasses the need to purchase an expensive vehicle lift. Mobility scooters come in many lightweight models to make even airline travel a breeze. 

Buyers can choose between smaller 3-wheeled scooters with tight turning radiuses or more sturdy 4-wheeled scooters that can navigate rougher terrain with ease. 

Mobility scooters are a great option for many, but do have limitations. They are not a good solution for users who lack arm/torso strength or will be primarily in tight, narrow spaces. Scooters are generally larger than electric wheelchairs and require a bit extra space to maneuver. 

Power Wheelchair

In short, scooters are entry-level mobility solutions: designed for those who are still largely mobile but need a bit of extra help. In contrast, a power wheelchair is designed for users who progress out of a scooter and are more dependent on a mobility device for everyday life.

As compared to manual wheelchairs, battery-powered wheelchairs can be operated easily with a one-handed joystick– this allows users to control the chair with very little effort. 

These wheelchairs are usually more compact than mobility scooters, and can easily navigate smaller spaces. However, many models lack the portability of mobility scooters. They can be more difficult to transport, as most cannot be folded or disassembled for travel. Power wheelchairs can come in a wide range of models for different lifestyles, and some even support extreme terrains like sand or snow. 

Questions to consider when purchasing your mobility device

When deciding whether to purchase a power wheelchair or mobility scooter, you may want to consider the following questions: 

  • What level of mobility does the user possess? Will they use this device all day, every day, or only occasionally?
  • Does the user have sufficient arm/torso strength to operate a scooter tiller?
  • Will the user be traveling frequently? How important is portability?
  • In what terrains will the device be used? Around the house? Across grass or gravelly areas?

The answers to these questions should help inform your purchase. However, if you find yourself needing a bit more assistance we strongly recommend you contact our team of product specialists to find the perfect model for you. 

4 of the Best All-Terrain Outdoor Mobility Scooters in the USA

For those wanting to maintain their independence and a busy lifestyle, mobility scooters can make a world of difference. Built for users who struggle to walk long distances, scooters can drive across dozens of miles on a single charge. 

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a mobility scooter is determining where you want the scooter to take you. For most individuals, a scooter will be used indoors, in shopping centers, or in other day-to-day environments. 

However, some users may be looking for a little more adventure. Do you often travel on dirt paths, gravel, grass, or sand? Don’t want to miss the family camping trip or beach day? It may be time to consider an all-terrain scooter. 

Designed to withstand rugged, uneven terrain, these heavy-duty scooters are capable of traveling almost anywhere. 

While individual models may vary, most all-terrain scooters have the following features: 

  • Shock absorption systems for a smooth ride on uneven ground
  • Large tires with anti-slip tread
  • LED Headlights and reflectors to safely travel off-road and into less-lit areas
  • High ground clearance to glide over small obstacles

All-terrain models are larger and more powerful than typical mobility scooters. They’re not designed to be easily folded up and packed away, but are sturdy enough to keep up on off-road adventures. 

Here, we’ve put together a list of four of our best-selling all-terrain scooters in the United States. Each of these options is highly-rated and well-designed. If you’re looking for a lifestyle that’s off the beaten path, this is a great place to start. 

Fully-loaded with features, the Baja Wrangler’s industry-leading CTS suspension ensures a smooth ride over rugged terrain. 

A powerful LED console display shows the current temperature, time, miles driven, past trips taken, and other helpful information. The scooter travels an impressive 29 miles on a single battery life, limiting the need to stop and recharge. Adjust the tiller to your comfort while you charge your phone via the built-in USB charger. The Baja Wrangler makes it simple: write a list of your next epic adventures, and this scooter can take you there. 

A highly versatile personal mobility vehicle with a 450lb weight limit, this scooter is perfect for all kinds of terrain. The Afiscooter was manufactured to adhere to rigorous European safety standards, and includes protective features like a panic sensor that halts operation if the accelerator is over-squeezed. Drive over obstacles and rough paths with ease due to high ground clearance, shock absorbers, and dual suspension. 

Travel up to 31 miles on a single charge, driving at a surprisingly quick 9.3mph. Additional features include a front lock box, built-in cup holder, ergonomic captain’s seat, and elegant stitching. A detailed LED control panel displays the current speed, miles traveled, and more.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the Patriot Off-Road Scooter is a great choice to make outdoor travel practical and comfortable. Cruise around town or your property at a top speed of 8mph, traveling 18 miles on a single battery charge. 13” low profile, non-marking solid tires mean you’ll never have to worry about changing a flat tire, and a 3.5” ground clearance glides over most small obstacles. 

Golden hasn’t forgotten about the details, either: store your belongings in the front basket or water bottle compartments, then relax in the cushioned captain’s seat as you head to your next destination. 

With an all-terrain mobility scooter, you can create a world without limits. Browse our online selection of scooters, or enlist the help of one of our product specialists. With over 30 years of experience helping our customers find the perfect mobility solutions, we’d love to help you find the best fit for your needs. 

A sleek, modern design that packs a punch: the Silverado Extreme is the best of both worlds when it comes to an all-terrain mobility solution. The scooter features full suspension, extra storage space beneath the tiller, a modern LED dashboard display, and even safety mechanisms that slow speed when turns are detected. 

The Silverado sports the longest battery range from the options listed in this guide: travel up to 55 miles without needing to recharge! Relax in a generously-sized seat, adjust the armrests, and cruise around at up to 9.6mph. 

Rollator vs. Walker: Which is Best For Your Needs?

Both walkers and rollators can be incredible, affordable mobility tools for users who struggle to walk around independently. Whether you’re recovering from a surgery, illness, or simply need some extra support, these tools can help users safely maintain an active lifestyle. 

However, there are some key differences between the two: it’s important that you select the right product for your individual needs. In this blog, we’ll go over the differences between walkers and rollators to help guide you to a confident purchase. 


Walkers have four legs which all stay firmly planted on the ground to support a user’s weight. In order to move forward, users need to physically lift the walker off the ground, then place it back down again one step ahead. 

Walkers are great for individuals who need extra balance assistance. Because all four legs touch the ground at all times when bearing weight, they are a stable tool to partially support your body weight. 

However, keep in mind that walkers rarely include a place to sit down. If you will struggle to lift a walker off the ground or need frequent rests, you may prefer a rollator. 

Pros: A great tool to support balance and body weight

Cons: Requires arm strength to lift the walker for each step, does not include a seat to rest


The main difference between a walker and a rollator are wheels attached to the ends of the rollator legs. There’s no need to physically pick up a rollator each time you need to take a step– simply roll it forward. A rollator’s swiveled wheels are easy to maneuver, making it easy to quickly walk to your next destination. 

Rollators include a brake system to safely come to a stop. They also often have a seat installed in the frame, giving you a place to sit and rest whenever a break is needed. As an added benefit, many rollators also include underseat storage to carry your bags and personal belongings on the go. 

While rollators require less arm strength than a traditional walkers, they are not useful tools for supporting body weight or balance while in motion. Curbs and bumps may be difficult to navigate with large wheels. 

Pros: Faster and easier to maneuver than traditional walkers include a seat to rest

Cons: Do not fully support body weight/balance, some terrain may be difficult to navigate 

How do I choose what option is best for me?

  • Does the user have sufficient arm strength to lift a walker?
  • Does the user require balance/weight-bearing support?
  • Is it important that the user have a seat to rest on?
  • How important are storage compartments to the user?
  • In what terrain will the user be using the walker/rollator? Around the house? On sidewalks? Gravel?

The answers to these questions will be a great indicator of which mobility solution is best for you or a loved one. However, if you need any extra guidance we recommend you get in touch with our team of highly-qualified product experts! Armed with decades of experience, they’d be happy to guide you in finding the right walker or rollator for your specific needs. 

Maximizing Your Home for Mobility

As the older US population continues to grow, many individuals prefer to maintain their independence by aging in place gracefully in their homes. Yet faced with new mobility constraints, a lifelong home can suddenly become full of safety hazards. 

Here’s the good news: there are plenty of steps you can take to make your home accessible and safe for yourself or a loved one. These adjustments don’t require expensive or lengthy home renovations, and can make a huge difference in overall quality of life. 

Household Lighting

Without clear lighting, it can be easy to trip over furniture or stumble in the dark. Make sure your home has strong overhead lights that illuminate each potential obstacle in your home. Even at night, plug in nightlights and place lighting tracks along dark stairways.

Flooring Material

Don’t forget about your floors! Check that all carpets are securely attached to floors and short enough for smooth wheelchair navigation. Install slip-resistant flooring and grip mats in bathrooms and kitchens and make sure all flooring is at a uniform level. 

Have a gravel driveway or muddy, cobblestone path outside? It may be time for smooth cement or asphalt landscaping. 

Home Organization

The more organized your home is, the less risk of trips, falls, and other injuries. Take time to clean up the clutter: install shelving units, clear hallways, and keep needless items off of the floor. This makes it easier for loved ones with wheelchairs, canes, or walkers to move through your home. 

Grab Bars

Grab bars are a low-cost home addition that can make all the difference. Most commonly, homeowners install these bars for greater independence using the toilet and bath/shower. But the functionality doesn’t have to stop there: place grab bars along long wallways, beneath kitchen countertops, or beside doorways to offer a helping hand wherever you or a loved one needs it. 

Stairlifts and Ramps

Stairs are an especially common mobility obstacle. One-third of healthy adults age 65+ experience at least one fall per year, with many being linked to trouble ascending or descending steps. Stairlifts and vertical platform lifts can gently transfer users between floors without risk of injury or expensive home renovations. No matter if your stairs are indoor or outdoor, spiral or straight, there is a lift solution for your home. 

If an area of your home has only a few steps, consider an accessible ramp instead.

Accessible Furniture

Transferring between positions can be especially challenging for those who are mobility-impaired. Invest in a lift chair or hi-low bed to encourage independent, safe transfers between seated/laying and standing positions.  

Don’t forget the details

It’s all about the small details– Spend time brainstorming accessibility obstacles that you or a loved one may struggle with throughout everyday life. Consider replacing round doorknobs with ADA-compliant handles, substitute swinging closet doors for space-saving sliding ones, or even implement voice-activated commands for lights and other appliances.

While these are general suggestions to improve the accessibility of your home, you may want to consider additional modifications specific to your unique mobility needs. For instance, if you or a loved one typically spends the day in a wheelchair, make sure all lighting and thermostat controls are within reach from a seated position. 

These days, getting older or developing a disability shouldn’t mean having to leave your home. By taking steps to make your home more accessible, you can keep up a safe and independent lifestyle in your home for years to come!

Have additional questions about maximizing your home for mobility? Contact our team of product experts anytime and we’d be happy to help. 

Are Hospital Beds Covered Under Medicare? What You Need to Know

If you’re searching for a hospital bed for you or a loved one, you may wonder about Medicare coverage. While Medicare does cover basic hospital beds for qualifying patients, a specific set of conditions must be met. 

Requirements for a Medicare-approved hospital bed

In order to qualify for a hospital bed under Medicare, you must meet the following requirements.

Have an approved, documented medical condition

Qualifying conditions range from congestive heart failure to breathing problems. Hospital beds are prescribed to individuals who require a head-of-bed angle higher than 30 degrees or sleeping positions that are not possible with a normal bed. 

A signed Medical Necessity Certificate

A participating physician must prescribe a hospital bed based on a documented medical condition, paired with a signed Medical Necessity certificate. Each bed model and add-on comes with additional documentation requirements.

What will Medicare cover?

If the above conditions are met, Medicare will cover 80% of the total cost of the hospital bed for those with Part B enrollment. You’ll still be responsible for a 20% copayment, and Medicare will determine whether you purchase the bed or rent for a 13-month capped rental period.

Your final cost will be based on a variety of factors: type of bed, location, insurance parameters, etc. 

Generally speaking, Medicare will only cover the most basic model of hospital bed to accommodate your needs. Medicare covers the following types of hospital beds: 

  • Manual hospital bed: A fully-manual bed that adjusts by turning a crank. While affordable, these beds produce the most manual strain on caregivers. 
  • Variable height hospital bed: In addition to adjusting the head and foot sections of the bed, patients can smooth transfers by adjusting the overall height of the bedframe.
  • Semi-electric bed: While bed height requires a manual crank, head and foot adjustments are done with a handheld remote.
  • Heavy-duty hospital bed: For bariatric patients who need additional support, patients over 300lbs can qualify for heavy-duty, extra-wide beds. 

If deemed medically necessary, Medicare can cover other items such as bed rails and trapeze bars. 

Be sure to double-check with your doctor, DME supplier, and Medicare to ensure approval throughout the process. Medicare may not pay any claims if the order is not submitted properly.  

Features not covered by Medicare

Here’s the bottom line: if you want to customize your hospital bed to your specific needs and comfort, you’ll want to look outside of Medicare’s basic options. 

Some bed features not covered by Medicare include: 

  • Full-electric beds, completely operated with a handheld remote.
  • Rotating beds for easier transfer
  • Customizable mattress types
  • Ultra-adjustable beds with sectioned mattresses
  • Customizable designs, frames, etc.
  • Additional storage space
  • Integrated weighting space
  • Additional tilting and reclining options
  • Etc. 

Proper sleep is critical for good health, and plays a principal role in injury prevention, memory, reduced cardiovascular risk, mood, and other important health indicators. You shouldn’t settle for the most basic model, but rather select a hospital bed which will best support your health needs and lifestyle. 

The next level: our best-selling hospital beds

Our collection of homecare hospital beds are designed with optimal home-based care in mind.Here are a couple of our best-selling models.

EasyCare® SE Hi-Low Homecare Bed

Built with incredible attention to detail, this fully-electric hospital bed comes with a 4-section mattress support platform. This allows patients individual control over the head, legs, and deck elevation to create hundreds of different positions. 

Hi-low functionality make transfers a breeze, and advanced auto-contour functionality prevents shin shearing during position changes. With a built-in width extender, this bed can be perfectly customized to your comfort. 

Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Hospital Bed

Another best-seller, this highly versatile hi-low bed can easily accommodate any activity in your day-to-day life. 

The fully-electric bed can lower to an impressive 7” or raise to 30” for simple transfers and strain-free caregiving. Auto-contour functionality prevents shin shearing, and a one-touch floor lock system safely secures the bed in place. An upgraded slat-deck frame design creates increased ventilation and protects against infection. 

Hot & New Beds

SafeCare LT Hi-Low Homecare Bed

Make no mistake: even at entry-level pricing, the MedaCure Ultra Low Hi-Low Homecare Bed provides the highest standard of comfort and attention to detail. Use the bright universal symbols on the remote hand control to find your perfect position. The auto-contour feature can raise the head and knees simultaneously, preventing painful skin shearing. 

Rapid tool-free assembly means you can start relaxing in your bed in no time. While set-up and maintenance may be a breeze, the quality of construction speaks for itself. The bed’s durable, reinforced steel tube frame can easily support up to 500lbs. 

PerfectCare Versatile 2-in-1 Homecare Bed

Delivering care has never been easier. Breeze through set-up and maintenance: this bed requires no tools at all. Bed too short or narrow? Extend the width and length in a matter of seconds (headboard and footboard included!). The 8-function hand pendant lowers the bed to a safe 7” tall for seamless transfers, then can raise to 30” to make caregiving easier. Protect from pain skin shearing with the auto-contour function, which raises both knees and head simultaneously. 

The perfect hospital bed for your needs

Medicare does provide limited hospital bed coverage, given that specific conditions for medical necessity are met. MedMart accepts Medicare at our brick and mortar stores, but not via online retail.

For those who don’t fit Medicare’s rigid requirements or are looking for additional functionality and comfort, privately purchased hospital beds through a provider like MedMart are the way to go. Customize your ideal bed based on your optimal positions, add-ons, or interior design preferences. 

Get in touch with a MedMart product expert today to find the best-fit hospital bed for you. 

What You Need to Know About Electric Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters can be a great option for anyone needing an extra bit of support and independence to live an active lifestyle. By finding the right scooter for your needs, you won’t miss a beat in accomplishing daily errands, excursions, or even international travel. 

When to purchase a mobility scooter

Do you or a loved one ever avoid going out because of the required walking or other fatigue the trip would create? Do you struggle to “keep up” with others? A mobility scooter can instantly make your life more comfortable, giving you the energy to accomplish more in your day. 

Elderly users often benefit from mobility scooters, as well as those with a handicap or illness that impacts their mobility. Scooters can also be a great fit for individuals recovering from surgery, allowing them to get back to their busy lives as soon as possible. 

Benefits of a mobility scooter

Greater Independence

Forget being limited to smooth pathways– the right mobility scooter can take you just about anywhere. With varying degrees of clearance, incline ratings, large wheels, and shock absorbers, scooters can handle all sorts of terrain: from grass to gravel, dirt, and more. Go wherever you need to with greater independence and comfort. 

Many scooters can quickly become your most trusted travel companion! Portable scooters fold or disassemble into parts convenient to store in the back of a vehicle or plane overhead compartment. 

Keep Up With Your Busy Schedule

Get more done in your day without losing energy. Electric mobility scooters don’t require manual force to move, meaning you or a caretaker won’t tire from pushing a chair. Incredibly, these scooters often travel from 5-20 miles on a single charge, keeping up with your most action-packed days. 

Increased Comfort

Mobility scooters are designed for comfort, helping you accomplish all your tasks without strain. Sit back, relax, and cruise through grocery store aisles or shopping malls as fast as you’d like. 

Most electric scooters also have storage baskets and compartments to store your bags and personal belongings without added strain. 

Which Mobility Scooter is Right for Me?

These days, electric mobility scooters come in a wide range of models for your specific needs and lifestyle: from a simple travel folding chair to an all-terrain power scooter that can tackle snow and steep curbs. 

The first thing to consider when choosing a mobility scooter is the number of wheels (really!). 

3-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Scooters

Both scooters are great options but have different benefits according to your lifestyle preferences. 

A 4-wheel scooter is a great mobility option for those who live active, outdoor lives. They typically come equipped with a sturdier wheelbase, greater clearance heights, larger tires, and higher incline ratings. These scooters generally boast higher speeds and greater battery mileage, limiting the times you’ll need to stop and recharge. 

On the other hand, 3-wheel scooters have tight turn radiuses and are better for maneuvering in narrow spaces. If you primarily use your scooter indoors, a 3-wheel scooter may be a better option. The triangular design also gives users more legroom to stretch out and relax. If you travel often, 3-wheel scooters are often lighter and more compact. 

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Some 4-wheel models are designed for travel, while certain 3-wheel scooters can easily handle outdoor terrain. Every scooter model will have a unique set of benefits, so be sure to read the description of each. 

In addition to the number of wheels, here are some other items to consider: 

  • Weight Limit: What weight requirements would you like your scooter to accommodate? If you need extra support, consider a heavy-duty scooter with weight limits of up to 600lbs.
  • Range: How long do you need your scooter to travel on a single charge?
  • Incline Rating: Do you live on a steep driveway or regularly encounter hills? You may need a scooter with a larger climbing angle.
  • Portability: Consider where you’ll be taking your scooter. If you’re a frequent traveler, find a model that can easily fold or disassemble.
  • Storage: Scooters come equipped with a variety of storage compartments and baskets. If you’d like to use your scooter for regular errands, select a model with your desired storage space.
  • Style: Make sure to choose a color and scooter model that you love. Many models come in multiple colors, making it easy to match your personal style.
  • Add-ons: Consider any add-ons which are important to your ideal comfort and functionality. Such as safety lights, USB charging, LCD displays, cupholder, and more.

Our Bestsellers

While we stand by every mobility scooter in our carefully-selected catalog, a few of our bestsellers are a great place to start your search. 

EW-72 Recreational All-Terrain Scooter

Looking for peak performance alongside a smooth ride? The EW-72 is at the top of its class. With a long-lasting 43-mile charge and a record-breaking 15mph top speed, the EW-72 mobility scooter is built for outdoor adventures. This stunning 4-wheel scooter has full suspension, extra-large tires, and a 6” ground clearance to tackle just about any terrain. 

Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller 3-Wheel Scooter

Small but mighty! This 3-wheel Pride scooter is built with easy travel in mind. It easily disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces, connected by a front-to-rear cable, to pack up and take to your next destination. A unique wrap-around ergonomic tiller allows users to smoothly navigate around tight corners without strain. 

Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel

A stable, comfortable scooter perfect for long-distance rides and travel. The Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 5mph.  It’s packed with extra details and add-ons: from a plush stadium-style seat, to extra foot room and a super bright LED headlight. 

Revo 2.0 3-Wheel Scooter

This 3-Wheel scooter effortlessly combines durability and versatility. This scooter can travel up to 12 miles on a single battery charge, and its generous 400-pound weight capacity makes it a great choice for a variety of users. The 40” turning radius and flat-free tires mean this scooter can adapt to many different environments, and an ultra heavy-duty drivetrain provides all the power you need. Traveling? Quickly disassemble the scooter into 4 portable pieces. 

Need some extra assistance finding the perfect scooter for you or a loved one? Contact our team of product specialists, and we’d be happy to help you find the best pick for your needs and lifestyle. 

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