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Softsqueezy

Hi,

I'm just wondering how the less mobile of us get about the house/bungalow? I can only walk a few very unsteady steps, I have to use a wheelchair outdoors but have been getting about my bungalow by hanging onto anything I can grab.. I have a rollator but even feel unsafe pushing that and can only push it a few unsteady steps.. I fall often but have been very lucky not to really hurt myself apart from lots of bruises... I would love to get about my bungalow safely somehow.. without a 'close call' several times a day...  any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

Fran x


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You may be @Softsqueezy , Fran, but I doubt you're bouncy too! But seriously, as we age, we just don't bounce as well as we used to and, with MS, getting back up again can be problematic.

 

However, I think you know the answer. If we can't trust our legs, then we have to consider a wheelchair. I'm not suggesting it to be your permanent place of residence in your waking hours, but a means of getting from A to B safely, when you can then transfer to your normal seated location, if this can be achieved safely.

 

A wheelchair will also open up possibilities in the "outside world" too.

 

But, don't go to your local shops to buy an acceptable looking pair of wheels. You need an Occupational Therapist to come and do a complete assessment. They can measure you for a wheelchair, it isn't one size fits all, and make suggestions to assist you, e.g. grab-rails.

 

Contact your MS Nurse to initiate this assessment.

 

Hope this helps

 

:moonieman:


John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

Illegitimi non carborundum

 

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... "Wow! What a ride!"

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2 hours ago, Stumbler said:

You may be @Softsqueezy , Fran, but I doubt you're bouncy too! But seriously, as we age, we just don't bounce as well as we used to and, with MS, getting back up again can be problematic.

 

However, I think you know the answer. If we can't trust our legs, then we have to consider a wheelchair. I'm not suggesting it to be your permanent place of residence in your waking hours, but a means of getting from A to B safely, when you can then transfer to your normal seated location, if this can be achieved safely.

 

A wheelchair will also open up possibilities in the "outside world" too.

 

But, don't go to your local shops to buy an acceptable looking pair of wheels. You need an Occupational Therapist to come and do a complete assessment. They can measure you for a wheelchair, it isn't one size fits all, and make suggestions to assist you, e.g. grab-rails.

 

Contact your MS Nurse to initiate this assessment.

 

Hope this helps

 

:moonieman:

Thanks so much for your reply Stumbler.. I've been trying to get in touch with my ms nurse but she hasn't got back to me as yet.. I was measured up for my current wheelchair by wheelchair services.. I only use it outside and im always pushed as I have very little strength in my arms these days.. trouble i was having was I just didn't have a clue what might help I keep buying things that don't end up helping.. so really I should be looking at getting an up to date assessment by an OT.. anyway! I have a clue now : ) Thanks again Stumbler.

 

Fran x

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@Softsqueezy , a powered wheelchair seems to be the answer, if there's room. They can have a small turning circle.

 

Or possibly a small mobility scooter, if you would feel secure on it?

 

The OT should be able to explore these possibilities.

 

If you're unable to contact your MS Nurse, then Adult Social Care at your Local Council should be able to help.

 

 :moonieman:


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