Pride Mobility offers 14 different types of Jazzy wheelchairs.
Jazzy Electric Wheelchairs
“These chairs are for those who don’t need or plan to be in the chair all the time but don’t have the means to be on their feet regularly,” says Jerry Hulse, research and product manager at Pride Mobility. These chairs, however, are not for rehabilitation, he adds. Pride Mobility has a separate line for customers in need of rehabilitation.
“A power wheelchair helps gain independence and safety with mobility tasks,” adds Jennifer Maphis, clinical director at Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
With several models available for use, Pride Mobility customers can choose from a wide range of options, depending on cost, comfort and desired special features. “The lowest priced Jazzy wheelchair starts at $1,690 while the more advanced Jazzy Air 2 is listed at $4,239,” says Hulse. The Jazzy Air 2 also offers special features and add-ons like seat elevation, which allows a person to raise the chair up to 12 inches while maintaining stability and suspension.
Medicare may cover some of the cost of these wheelchairs, which can be bought at durable medical equipment (DME) stores or where other medical supplies are sold.
When purchasing a Jazzy power wheelchair, Maphis recommends considering the following factors:
- Locations where the chair will be used
- Functionality within the user’s home
- How much assistance the user will require
- Chair type (lightweight manual or power chair)
- Upgrade features
- Payment options
- Insurance coverage
Comfort is a crucial consideration when looking for a wheelchair. The most popular Jazzy chair is the Jazzy Evo 613, says Hulse. This model has a memory-foam high back with a swivel seat, adjustable armrests, depth-adjustable seat sizes and adjustable foot platforms. Not all models include the memory foam feature, but most have added features of comfort like adjustable foot platforms, foam seating and adjustable seat size.
All Jazzy power chairs are FDA Class II medical devices and pass the testing requirements established by the American National Standards Institute/Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (ANSI/RESNA). Some testing requirements include misuse and abuse testing, effective brake testing, durability and reliability and electromagnetic capability.
Weight capacity is another important consideration when selecting an electric wheelchair. The lowest Jazzy wheelchair weight capacity is 250 pounds (Jazzy Passport), and the highest is 600 pounds (Jazzy 1450). The Jazzy 1450, Jazzy Elite HD and Jazzy 614 HD all purportedly offer “high weight capacity with optimal weight distribution,” according to the company.
Jazzy wheelchairs require two batteries and vary in weight depending on the model. Battery weight ranges from 7.6 pounds to 52 pounds. Each model’s per-charge range, or how far it can go on one charge, also varies. Depending on weight capacity, the longest a Jazzy wheelchair can go is nearly 29.5 miles (Jazzy 600 ES) on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Jazzy Passport’s range is closer to 5 miles per charge.