"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver". – Mohandas Gandhi

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The EasyStand Glider

Standing glider during outpatient physical therapy
program at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. The EasyStand Glider allows individuals to move the handles with their arms which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs.

My mom really enjoys the standing glider, which allows her to stand and work on trunk balance while performing reciprocal motions with the upper and lower extremities. The standing glider promotes weight bearing through the lower extremities (to prevent bone loss), stretches lower extremity musculature, and improves cardiovascular endurance.

Her physical therapist and doctor initiated the ordering a standing glider for my mom, but it was denied numerous times. Her doctor wrote appeal letters urging the insurance company to cover this equipment due to medical necessity for long term home use, but it was denied. My mother also wrote an appeal letter for the Easy Stand Glider, but it was denied. While there were numerous attempts to demonstrate the medical justification, the insurance company refused to cover this invaluable piece of equipment.

With the support of our friends and family, my mother was able to purchase the Easy Stand Glider for her home and uses it for 45 minutes every day. We are so grateful.

1 comment:

  1. So happy to hear that your mom was able to get a stander. Kudos to her for not giving up and finding a way!


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