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17/Jun/2020

The Best Local Medical Transportation

At Florida WheelchairTransportation we strive for excellence. We provide local medical transportation to get you where you need to go. Doctors appointments, hospice transportation, handicap transportation, elderly transportation, and more!!! No matter what your needs, we can help.

All of our transportation is Non Emergency Medical Transportation.  That doesn’t mean we won’t take you to the Emergency Room.  If you fall and bump your head, and want a ride to the Emergency Room, but don’t need an ambulance, just give us a call.

If you need an emergency ambulance, please call 911.  

Wherever You’re Going

Whether you need a ride to the hospital, a ride home from the hospital, or a round-trip ride to a doctor’s appointment, family event, or other destination, let FWT take care of the arrangements.  Our transporter teams provide safe, comfortable, professional, pleasant “door through door” service.  That means they will come all the way to you, whether you’re at home or in a facility.  If you have a wheelchair or stretcher, we’ll use yours.  If you don’t, we have a fleet of high quality medical transportation accessories available, all top of the line medical wheelchairs and stretchers, professionally maintained and cleaned, for your safety and comfort.

Your Ride

We have a variety of wheelchair and stretcher vans to accommodate all kinds of needs and situations.  All of our vehicles are new, 2016 model or newer, meticulously maintained, cleaned daily and detailed weekly.  We take good care of our vehicles, so we can take good care of you!

Transport Team

Your transport team will secure you in the vehicle, and deliver you not just to the door of your destination, but all the way inside.  We don’t leave until you’re comfortably situated in the waiting room and checked in, or in your own home, or wherever your destination is.

Our transporters are all drug, alcohol and smoke-free, rigorously trained in safety, defensive driving, HIPAA, patient sensitivity, and situation-response.  We have CNAs and off-duty paramedics on staff, and we will match you with the right transporter team for your situation and needs.

Give us a call, a click, or a message on Whatsapp to find out how we can make your life easier!


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17/Jun/2020

COVID-19 in Nursing Homes – How to Stay Safe

In early March, the government warned family members to stay out of nursing homes because of the high risk of passing COVID-19 to elderly patients. Staying away because you are sick or exhibiting symptoms is simply not enough. After all, some people are asymptomatic and have no way of knowing they are infected while still passing the virus along. In addition, COVID-19 is transmittable before showing any signs or symptoms.

Coronavirus hits elderly populations the hardest, which is why it is essential we protect our nursing homes and assisted living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most nursing homes have closed their doors to visitors as a result, while this serves to keep the vulnerable patients inside safer, it is difficult for family members who are stuck on the outside – wanting to visit their elderly parents, grandparents, or spouse but unable to. Not to mention, family members are undoubtedly worried about the level of safety and care their loved ones are receiving when they are unable to check in on them.

According to data released on March 23 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), there are over 150 skilled nursing facilities across the US with at least one case of COVID-19 within its walls.

Before President Donald Trump issued a national emergency and the federal government barred outsiders from visiting nursing homes on March 13, many were already closing their doors or at least urging loved ones to stay away.

The Department of Veterans Affairs developed an isolation plan just days earlier, on March 10, which kept outsiders and new patients from entering all of its 134 nursing homes, as well as 24 spinal cord injury centers.

“We know that there is a risk that people who appear healthy will enter nursing homes and assisted living communities and still infect residents,” said Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

This isn’t easy for family members to take in. While they, of course, want to keep their loved ones safe and healthy, they also want to see them. Those living in assisted living and nursing homes may have pressing health issues and an untold amount of time left in the physical world, making it all the harder to stay away.

Due to how quickly COVID-19 spreads, if one patient is infected in a nursing home, it could quickly spread to other residents. We have already seen mass outbreaks and casualties play out as a result of this. Still, family members worry about the toll social isolation, depression, and loneliness will play on their loved ones when they are unable to visit them.

The risks of COVID-19 are just too high for elderly people.

“In our facilities the average age is 84, and everyone has underlying medical conditions. So when you combine those factors together, we are dealing with perhaps the greatest challenge that we ever have had,” Parkinson told CNN.

In addition to keeping outsiders from visiting, the government has warned all nursing homes to halt group activities and communal dining. Residents and staff must be routinely screened for fever and respiratory issues. The same recommendations are in place for assisted living facilities. Although, each state is responsible for making the recommendations for continuing care communities, independent living and assisted living facilities.

While everyone wants to visit their loved ones, the best thing you can do right now is stay away Make phone calls, set up a virtual Zoom or Skype meeting, maybe even pay a visit through the window (if possible). Send a letter or care package to let your loved ones know that you’re thinking about them. It’s not easy, but we are in this together.


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17/Jun/2020

Is it Safe to Go to the Doctor During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Short Answer:

Yes! It is safe to visit the doctor still. Even though you will be potentially walking in the footsteps of previous COVID-19 patients, medical facilities hold high sanitary standards and are taking a wide range of precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible. Most medical facilities are conducting medical screenings at the front doors to ensure patients with a fever or exhibiting other symptoms do not enter the building. Therefore, it is completely safe to visit your doctor still!

As we’re battling COVID-19 across the world, most non-essential businesses have been shut down and those that are still open are forced to adhere to strict guidelines. Hospitals are extremely busy working with Coronavirus patients and running tests on those that fear they have the virus. With that being said, people with preexisting appointments aren’t sure whether they should visit their doctor during this time or not.

For Those with Non-Emergency Medical Needs:

For anyone with a regular checkup or appointment that isn’t urgent, consider canceling your appointment if possible. If you are unsure of whether or not you should, call your doctor and voice your concerns. Most likely, they will be calling to postpone your appointment anyway if it is deemed unnecessary. Officials have recommended that hospitals prioritize people coming into the hospital for urgent and emergency visits at the moment. Depending on your region, however, guidelines may be slightly different.

Those with an Upcoming Surgery:

Many surgeries are being canceled to keep fewer people in the hospital. Elective surgeries as well as some surgeries scheduled for slow cancers, tonsillectomies, and even orthopedic procedures are being postponed allowing doctors to spend their time helping patients in more critical areas. Post-surgery patients are more likely to get infections and illnesses, so by limiting surgical patients, the spread of the virus is also more limited.

  • Consider Virtual Appointments

Many people are turning to technology to help them work from home, virtually visit with friends, and even order their groceries. Hospitals are also exploring their technological options to better serve their patients during COVID-19. Many doctors are offering virtual visits for those without urgent needs, allowing patients to still get the proper advice from their doctors without exposing themselves to the virus.

  • 911 is Still Operational

Sometimes, putting off an appointment with your doctor just can’t be done. If you have a serious condition or something happens that requires a visit to the emergency room, do not wait. Call 911 and be prepared to be tested for COVID-19. You will most likely be given gloves and a mask to wear while you wait in the emergency room to prevent the spread of the virus.

What to Do When you Think You May Have COVID-19

For the most part, people that have the coronavirus only get it mildly and can recover at home. Keep your distance from everyone else in your home and clean your hands often. Stay hydrated, cover your coughs/sneezes, and attempt to disinfect the commonly used areas in your home as much as you can.

Once you haven’t had a fever in three days, symptoms have improved, and it’s been two weeks since your symptoms first appeared, you can stop home isolation. However, if you are at all worried that you might still have the virus, continue quarantining yourself from others.

When to Seek Help:

If you start to have trouble breathing, develop bluish lips/face, or have a constant pain in your chest, you need to call 911. If at all possible, put a mask on to help prevent the spread to emergency personnel.

Hospitals are screening every patient that comes into the hospital. All hospital staff are wearing protective gear to help prevent spreading the virus in case they were unknowingly exposed. As much as possible, staff are keeping sick patients away from healthy patients. Some hospitals even have people operating the elevators so there are fewer objects for patients to touch.


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