Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:16 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:42 AM
I think electric wheelchairs are good for those who are unable to walk inside and outside the house, and if you're planning to use it inside your home, you would need to get doors widened for the chair to get through.
If you are hoping Social Services might help with providing one, an OT will need to assess you or refer you for a wheelchair assessment, and you will need to meet their criteria. I think, as they can be costly, they may say you don't fulfill the assessment for an electric chair if you can still walk inside, but I'm no expert on this.
If you want to buy one yourself, then of course a reputable local disability shop would sell you one.
From memory, when I was recently buying a mobility scooter, electric wheelchairs tended to be more expensive.
Does it have to be a wheelchair? If it's for going out and about more, would you not consider a scooter?
The MS Society can help with grants towards equipment if you would find it difficult to afford the cost, but you would need a letter of support from a health or social care professional.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:42 AM
You could go out with your husband pushing the babies buggy, with you on your electric scooter alongside him. They are much cheaper than wheelchairs I gather.
It would also allow you to get out to the local shops maybe and give you some independence too. I think you can hire them for a short period, that way you can see if it's going to work for you.
This is a typical scooter hire site. There may be one local to you of course
Edited by Scully, 18 April 2012 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:01 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:03 AM
Getting out is sooo important I think. :) xxx keeps me kinda sane (ish)
Edited by Sandra Dee, 18 April 2012 - 10:04 AM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:26 AM
If you get assessed for the highest rate of the mobility part of DLA or whatever its called now, PIP, you can use the money for transport eg car scooter wheelchair. If you are having problems walking it may be worthwhile applying for that benefit. I get it and it pays for a car which is changed every 3 years.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:44 AM
we need a car more than i need chair because my husband takes me to appointments and has to be quick when he leaves me with the babies to pop to school or shop.
a chair i was thinking would just enable us to get out in and have some fresh air sometimes.
Edited by derby42, 18 April 2012 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:12 PM
The car is important on the DLA grant, but you could use some of the other DLA income to hire a scooter if you didn't want to buy one? That's what it's for, to enable you to live a fuller life, so it may be worth looking at them. They also fold and go into the back of a car, so you could take it with you when you go out.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:16 PM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:01 PM
Edited by Nick, 18 April 2012 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:05 PM
I hired one for a week from Shopmobility and it helped me decide whether I wanted one. I really like mine and it's so great to be able to zip around on it. It's probably easier to put in a boot than an electric wheelchair would be too. I've never regretted buying one.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:49 PM
Edited by Nick, 18 April 2012 - 06:49 PM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:23 PM
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