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The Multi-Purpose Power Wheelchair Tray Table

December 07, 2012

A power wheelchair tray table is one of the most versatile accessories a power chair user can have. Whether used to enjoy a meal, or to provide support and positioning assistance, an armrest-mounted wheelchair table can serve a variety of practical purposes.

Wheelchair-Attachable Trays: Features and Benefits

Power chairs help to make the world more accessible to mobility-impaired individuals. But, problems with accessibility may arise when a table is too difficult to reach, doesn't provide enough leg clearance, or is simply the wrong height for someone in a wheelchair to safely use.

A wheelchair tray table may eliminate such obstacles.

  • A wheelchair tray may attach to either armrest for convenient access
  • Straps may hold a tray in place to keep it secure and ready to use.
  • Some trays are available in various sizes to fit a number of power chair models.

A tray table is a truly handy wheelchair accessory for every day use. For example:

  • Simply lay a book or magazine down for reading while effortlessly flipping the pages.
  • A tray can be used for writing letters, eating, or for similar activities that require a flat surface.
  • Some power chair users like to rest their tired arms on a tray table for enhanced relaxation and comfort.

Power Chair Trays as an Element of Health Care

Depending on the results of a medical examination and a doctor's diagnosis, certain medical conditions may be helped by using a solidly-constructed tray table as a support and positioning aid.

These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following symptoms:

  • Weakness in and limited use of muscles in the upper body
  • Involuntary spasms and/or muscle contractions
  • Problems with maintaining an upright and healthy posture

In cases where an attachable wheelchair tray is vital to mobility treatment and patient care, Medicare may provide coverage.1 The item must be medically necessary and the individual patient must meet very specific criteria, such as first obtaining a doctor's prescription for the equipment.2

Call toll-free at 800-308-9295 or submit this request form to learn more about purchasing any of our mobility products and accessories.


1 Insurance coverage depends on medical necessity as determined by insurer. Valid doctor’s prescription required.
2Medicare requires a face-to-face mobility examination in a doctor's office, and a prescription prior to evaluating coverage for home mobility equipment.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a licensed medical professional for individualized mobility accessory options.

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