If you or your loved one is prescribed oxygen therapy, you’ll need to find a portable oxygen concentrator.
Portable oxygen concentrators are handy machines that draw in air and remove nitrogen, making it much more oxygen-rich. This oxygen-rich air provides respiratory support for seniors who are having difficulty breathing.
The way it works is simple: The oxygen concentrator pulls in air from its surroundings, passing it first to an inlet filter and then to a sieve bed, where nitrogen is removed. Users connect a delivery tube to the machine and breathe in the oxygen-rich air via a nasal cannula or a facemask.
For seniors with breathing issues such as COPD, asthma, sleep apnea, or a heart condition that leaves them short of breath, an oxygen concentrator is very helpful.
There are quite a few oxygen concentrator brands out there. Today we’re going to take a look at one of the top oxygen concentrator brands: Invacare.
Who Is Invacare?
Invacare began all the way back in 1885 as The Worthington Company, who focussed mostly on producing wheelchairs. Today Invacare is a $1.8 billion company that supplies a range of medical equipment all over the world.
Invacare Oxygen Therapy
Invacare sells portable oxygen concentrators as part of its homecare division, which also includes standing and walking aids, and bath and bed products. The aim of Invacare’s home care division is keeping seniors safe and comfortable in their own homes for as long as possible, so they can stay living at home.
Where Can I Buy An Invacare Oxygen Concentrator?
You can buy an Invacare oxygen concentrator from an online oxygen concentrator store, such as Oxygen Concentrator Store or Sprylyfe. If you check out a few stores, you’ll find most of them carry something from the Invacare range.
It’s always a good idea to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator from an established store, rather than from a marketplace like eBay or Amazon. They’re not cheap, and you need a prescription to tell you which kind to get, so it’s important to buy from a knowledgeable and well-established company.
How Much Does a Portable Oxygen Concentrator Cost?
Prices vary between sellers, and some stores don’t display their prices publicly. However, in general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2000 – $3500 for a good oxygen concentrator. Some stores have financing options to spread the cost. It’s worth asking about those, but do be sure to read the small print before agreeing to a financing deal.
You’ll find that stores vary in what they include with each purchase. Some throw in accessories such as a spare cannula, spare batteries, or a carrying case. You’ll need to buy a cannula, batteries and a carrying case no matter what, so it’s always worth checking what the seller includes. If your purchase doesn’t include accessories, remember to factor them into your budget. There are also options to rent portable oxygen concentrators, but make sure to read the fine print.
Types Of Oxygen Concentrators
Some people need to use their oxygen concentrator all the time, while other people only need it at certain times of the day, such as while sleeping or while exercising.
You can purchase either a portable or a stationary oxygen concentrator. A portable oxygen concentrator is light and compact enough to carry around with you as you go about your day to day life. Many portable oxygen machines are FAA approved, so you can use them on flights if you need to. A stationary concentrator is heavier and can only be used in the home as it would be hard to transport.
Your doctor will be able to let you know more about your oxygen needs. In particular, they can tell you how many liters per minute (LPM) of oxygen you need. They’ll also tell you whether you need a pulse dose machine (releases oxygen when you breathe), or a continuous dose machine (delivers oxygen constantly.)
What Oxygen Concentrator Models Does Invacare Offer?
Invacare currently has three main oxygen concentrator models to choose from.
Platinum Portable Concentrator
The Platinum is a small yet robust portable pulse dose concentrator. It weighs in at less than 5lbs and is under ten inches tall. If you add a second battery (which does weigh a little more), the Platinum will run for up to eight hours, which is impressive. It’s also designed to be user-friendly, with just four buttons.
Platinum 10 Stationary Concentrator
Platinum 10 is a user-friendly home oxygen concentrator. It can provide up to 10 LPM of continuous flow. It’s sound level is 58 decibels, which is about the same as a conversation in a restaurant. It uses three separate filters to maximize oxygen purity.
Perfecto2 Home Concentrator
The Perfecto2 is one of the lightest and most unobtrusive home concentrators out there today. It has a handle and wheels to make it easy to move from room to room, and small, sleek design. It’s sound level clocks in at 40 decibels, which is about the same as a refrigerator. The Perfecto2 can deliver up to 5 LPM of oxygen in a continuous dose.
Invacare Concentrator Reviews
We took a look online to find out what customers are staying about Invacare.
What people loved: We noticed that people liked the Platinum portable concentrator, and found it small and light enough to use even on flights. The ease of use was appreciated, too. We also saw several mentions of both the portable and stationary units being easy to maintain and care for.
What people weren’t so keen on: The main complaint we noticed was that the home concentrators are louder than expected, and perhaps a bit louder than the decibel level suggests they should be.
The verdict: If you’re looking for a portable oxygen concentrator, the Platinum seems to tick all the right boxes of being reliable, user-friendly, quiet, and easy to use. The home concentrators seem reliable enough but might be a little noisy for some people.