Wheelchair Rentals: Rent or Buy?
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As wheelchair users know all too well, the daily cost of renting a wheelchair can pile up fast. Perhaps you're traveling or you find yourself with a short term need, why not rent a wheelchair - right? In most cities, the cost of a daily rental fee for a manual wheelchair can run between $50 and $100; the price is typically higher for scooter rentals and nearly doubles for power chairs. Although daily rates are often discounted for weekly and/or monthly rentals, it can sometimes make a lot more fiscal sense to purchase a wheelchair for the duration of your trip or injury.
While the cost for a standard power chair can often stretch into the thousands, many online dealers offer a wheelchair from less then $100 and will ship them to your hotel or destination of choice in as little as two days. So for about the price of a single daily rental, you'll have a wheelchair that's your very own waiting for you when you arrive. Just one example of the cost-effective alternative to renting... for the average price of a one week rental, you can purchase a wheelchair out-right from an online dealer.
Ready to leave town? A multitude of donation options allows you to discard your mobility product quickly, passing the wheelchair along to someone unable to buy one on their own. One organization which facilitates this is LifeNets, an international not-for-profit network that's been matching up wheelchairs to users in need for over a decade. They never put a price on a wheelchair and only ask that the recipient make arrangements to pick up or pay shipping charges when it is necessary to do so. There are some places, like the Chariots of Hope establishment in Connecticut, that will even send volunteers to pick up your wheelchair from you. Similar not-for-profit organizations are located all over the country and are anxious to get your wheelchair into the right hands once you're done with it.