WWC History and Operations Information

About WWC

Wonderful Wheelchairs is a program of Lifelong which is a nonprofit organization that specializes in enhancing the lives of older adults in Tompkins County. WWC was founded by professor and occupational therapist Carol John in 2008 when she noticed that the wheelchairs at Cayuga Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center needed repair. WWC soon branched out to provide its services to the broader community. WWC's day-to-day management is headed by long-time volunteers. The organization gains its stock of durable medical equipment entirely through donations. Volunteers come into the Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation basement space to work on repairing the mobility devices.

Services

WWC repairs and sells manual wheelchairs, power mobility chairs and scooters, manual walkers and rollators, and specialized mobility equipment at very affordable prices. We can advise people on functional capabilities of equipment in inventory and allow a person to visit our service shop, with Covid restrictions, and try out equipment. We have a large assortment of recycled replacement parts.

Costs

Customers benefit from WWC volunteers doing all labor on repair of equipment. Although no labor costs are passed to the consumer, customers will be asked to pay for new batteries and other replacement parts. The cost for refurbished equipment and parts depends on the function and model. Contact us to obtain costs for:

  • Manual wheelchairs - Additional cost for leg rests if needed

  • Power Mobility Chairs and Scooters Including Batteries

  • Replacement Batteries for Power Chairs and Scooters

  • Walkers and Rollators

Specialized Equipment

Donors provide a variety of used special equipment to WWC. Their cost depends on the individual item and condition. They have included the following:

  • Manual Hoyer Lift

  • Large special purpose manual wheelchairs with tilting back or seat

  • Large patient manual transport

We also have some unique items, such as a rough terrain wheelchair, which can be tried out by a potential buyer before they wish to order such an item from a mobility equipment reseller.