Under the IRS’s Disabled Access Credit, eligible small businesses can take a federal tax credit equal to 50% of the amount they spend on access improvements over $250. The maximum credit a business can elect for any tax year is $5,000. Eligible businesses are defined as those with 30 or fewer employees or total revenue of $1 million or less. See www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8826.pdf for additional information. Businesses of all sizes may also be entitled to a federal tax deduction of up to $15,000 per year for removing access barriers in their facilities. And in some states, such as California, there may be additional state tax programs to offset the cost of access improvements. We strongly encourage you to review this information with your tax advisor for eligibility and details.
Nurses have the second-highest rate of non-lethal workplace injury – usually caused by lifting. The UpScale increases workplace safety by reducing the need for staff to lift and transfer patients. The UpScale lowers to 17” from the floor, allowing for an easy transfer from wheelchair, walker or other device. It has sturdy support rails and an effortless, fully-powered seat back adjustment. The UpScale is also lift-compatible, designed to provide clearance around the table base for a portable patient floor lift, further improving a facility’s safe patient handling practice. Less lifting by staff results in less workplace injury, fewer worker’s compensations claims, less staff turnover and more overall productivity — not to mention increased comfort and safety for patients. A happy and healthy staff makes for happy and healthy patients!
Yes! Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with mobility issues are entitled to the same quality of medical care as everyone else. This equal care includes full body exams and weight and height measurements, which can only be performed with accessible medical equipment. Health care providers that participate in federal financial programs such as Medicare are required, as a condition of participation, to operate their programs and activities so that they are readily accessible to people with disabilities.
Yes! If your able-bodied patients are weighed, measured and/or fully examined as part of their care, any patient with a disability that you see is entitled to the same level of care. Regardless of whether you see one patient with disabilities or hundreds, every patient is entitled to equal access under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other accessibility laws, with limited exceptions. See prior answer above.
Yes! The government is stepping up its enforcement of the ADA’s access requirements in medical facilities, with the U.S. Department of Justice recently bringing legal actions against large hospitals and clinics for lack of accessibility under its Barrier Free Healthcare Initiative. Lawsuits brought by private individuals and nationwide class actions are increasing as well against facilities of all sizes, with many of them “under the radar” because of confidentiality provisions in their settlement agreements. In nearly all cases involving medical equipment, the healthcare providers were required to purchase accessible medical equipment to provide compliant access to their healthcare services – in addition to paying substantial fines and/or legal fees.
Quality preventive care for patients with mobility impairments begins with accessible exam tables and scales. Wheelchair users and the elderly alike appreciate that the UpScale lowers to a 17” transfer height, eliminating the need to climb precariously onto a traditional, fixed-height exam table, thereby reducing risk of injury. Wheelchair users, who are seldomly weighed or measured in a routine office visit, appreciate the UpScale’s built-in scale and tape measure, which make it easy for staff to track weight, height and BMI changes. All patients appreciate being fully examined in a supine position, from head-to-toe, with less chance for missed diagnoses, and physicians appreciate the confidence that comes from performing full exams. Female patients with disabilities find the UpScale’s accessible knee stirrup option especially user-friendly during pelvic exams.