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  • #74344
    temporary wheelchair.

    Hey guys,

    Just a quick one, where can i get a temporary wheelchair wheile I wait for my assessment.

    I need one for work, when or if I get one.

    I know the Red Cross do them but I’m after an active lightweight wheelchair something like the Quickie GPV.

    Any help- would be great..

    Marc

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    #85159
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    I am assuming you are looing for something cost free rather than a hire job

    I was going to suggest Red Cross, maybe even British Heart Foundation, but the likelhood of getting anything other than the bog standard chair are slim.

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    AM
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    #85160
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    If you or someone you know is a member of Freegle / Freecycle could be worth putting out a request for one on that. It can be surprising what turns up on e-bay reasonably priced from time to time – I got a powered bed lift thingy that I needed to get me over a temporary blip after I did my knee in – it proved to me that that wasn’t the brand I’d have gone for if I was making a considered purchase and spending more but it did the job and I was very grateful!

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    #85161
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    Great ideas Alisa,

    Suddenly wondered if Gumtree would have anything, like Alisa said you can be pleasanly surprised by what people offer.

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    #85162
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    @marcopolo991 wrote:

    Hey guys,

    Just a quick one, where can i get a temporary wheelchair wheile I wait for my assessment.

    I need one for work, when or if I get one.

    I know the Red Cross do them but I’m after an active lightweight wheelchair something like the Quickie GPV.

    Any help- would be great..

    Marc

    I wonder if it would be worth advertising in your local paper, in the “Wanted” section ? :?:

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    #85163
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    Cool will try Freecycle out as I’m a member.

    Cant beleave I didnt think about that site lol!

    marcopolo991
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    #85164
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    So you got your temporary wheel chair??? and how was your assessment? would like to hear from you
    Regards

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    #85165
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    hey peeps. I don’t know if any of you remember but at some point last year. I mentioned my consultant suggesting that I start to think about getting a wheelchair. well, my legs are getting worse and im falling more. so im going to bite the bullet and ask you lot for advice. I wold appreciate if you were to suggest power chairs that are the best for the following.

    1. speed
    2. battery length
    3. how far I can travel before the battery dies
    4. prices

    I would also like to know how I go about getting a ramp into my home installed. thanks

    stefan

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    #85166
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    @littlestef wrote:

    hey peeps. I don’t know if any of you remember but at some point last year. I mentioned my consultant suggesting that I start to think about getting a wheelchair. well, my legs are getting worse and im falling more. so im going to bite the bullet and ask you lot for advice. I wold appreciate if you were to suggest power chairs that are the best for the following.

    1. speed
    2. battery length
    3. how far I can travel before the battery dies
    4. prices

    I would also like to know how I go about getting a ramp into my home installed. thanks


    Hi Littlestef,

    Seeing as your consultant suggested you think about getting a wheelchair, I suggest you get on to him[or her] and say yes, please I would like a wheelchair, and how do I get one? My powerchair was supplied from my local rehab unit at hospital, after my consultant said I should have one, so I don’t see that it should be any different for you. You shouldn’t have to think about buying one for yourself if the NHS can help you. The rehab engineer and OT asked me loads of questions and eventually showed me a model they thought would suit me.

    I’ve got an Invacare Harrier Plus. It goes faster than I want it to and we charge it after a couple of trips out [Indoors, I use a smaller indoor powered wheelchair that I bought which is more like an office chair which I can manoever into my bathroom, so am not in the Harrier all day every day.] The booklet that came with the Harrier says it has a range of about 12 miles but I wouldn’t attempt even half that. It’s hilly where I live and I find that really knocks the life out of batteries. The cold weather does too. I think if you were using a powerchair all day, you’d be charging it overnight every night.

    I expect others will post some messages, but at this stage, Stef, don’t go buying yourself a powerchair.

    Oh and the ramp – again, I’d think the OT and rehab engineer would advise on that. It’s obviously essential that if you’re going to be using the wheelchair indoors and outside, you’ll need access. They may be able to get one for you.

    best of luck!

    Sybylla 8-)

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    #85167
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    the problem is sybylla. hes only suggested that I should think about getting one. so I don’t know how I will stand with funding or getting one from the NHS?

    stefan

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    #85168
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    Stef,

    I can only advise/make suggestions based on my experience. The beginning of my experience & eventual “adoption” of me chariot started when my OT first suggested using a powerchair. Like you, I was initially strongly opposed & for the same reasons.

    My then OT, Hayley, had been appointed to me after I moved into the previous bijou bungalow. I was unjustly indignant to the mention/suggestion of said chair. I had been in-between a home before this bungalow & Mum & Dad’s & my old bedroom was home. I had become used to other people being around me but, not just any peeps, my parents no less & the reacquired freedom & independence was embraced big time.

    That independence was limited in definition, independent from my parents but, confined to the bungalow. After another visit from Hayley on an unrelated issue we spoke of the powerchair again & I agreed to try it.

    A lady from my local wheelchair service came & measured me for the chair, the seat height, armrest length, foot plate length, seat cushion depth & back pad type. I am lucky to have the chair supplied by my local health service/wheelchair service. It’s value new is around £4,000. It is serviced & maintained on contract by C.F.Hewerdine from Surrey. It wasn’t new & it’s on loan to me as such but, it’s made all the difference to me, to my life. Without it I am housebound & rely on everybody & I don’t want to… I never want to be without it. It’s got an old fashioned black bulb type bicycle horn fitted on the side & rechargeable lights I bought, front & back & I love it so much. I really do.

    My particular chariot is a Sunrise Medical Quickie Samba II, I don’t believe it’s made anymore. I was supplied this particular model because it has an almost on the spot turning circle & in a very limited operating environment that was a major factor. Prior to the on-going problems that I & Hewerdine are trying to resolve now with regard to battery performance since the old (original) batteries were replaced in May, the chariot would reliably give me at least ten miles of distance before any of the ten indicating lights on the pilot control would extinguish, on a prior full charge. Once the first light goes out they tend to then go quite quickly… if you maintain the same operating conditions that got you to that point in the first place, in my instance, travelling on cycle paths around the ring road at full speed homeward bound. If you slow down accordingly & don’t experience inclines, rough terrain or temp extremes (hot or cold), then you’re still safe for some time & distance & don’t have to rush home, just adjust accordingly, same as if you’re low on fuel in a car.

    I believe the old batteries were 12v50amp but, not replaced with like for like. Range on a full charge is model, battery capacity, environment & operator’s weight dependent but, my chariot new was quoted with a 25-30k range. I would use that as a loose guide. You really have to find out the range & limitations of your chair supplied based on your experiences & operating in the area & environment you live. Pounding the ups n downs of the footpaths where you live & getting you to & from town. The manufacturers quoted ranges are suggested possible maximums in optimal conditions. Powerchairs can operate at 4mph (top speed for pavement) or can be two speed & go up to a maximum of 8mph (to be driven at this speed on the road only & requires road tax). It’s mostly the larger scooters that are two speed. 8mph outdoor model powerchairs are few to choose from, expensive & not designed for use indoors. Sole use – outdoors. They looks the mutts though. Would defo get a designated outdoor use chariot if I win the lottery.

    In case you’re wondering, the difference between a powerchair & scooter is not just cosmetic. There are many different (some costly) additional features & functions of chairs to adapt the chair to your specific needs normally (if you have the money to purchase from new) & also powerchairs are crash tested to an industry standard, or should be & hopefully widely accepted on public transport for that reason. Scooters are not, as I understand it. To be honest, I haven’t been brave enough to put it to the test yet & use public transport but, I’ve read stories & your experience can depend on the bus driver or platform guard at that time. Some will get the ramps out, some won’t.

    If I don’t get the battery issue resolved to my satisfaction via Hewerdine I have researched replacing the batteries myself, they’re readily available. Two new 12v50 or 60amp batteries are in the region of £150 for decent ones, so you have an idea. I would hope your local wheelchair service can help you with regard the supply of a chair, otherwise I guess you use the DLA to get one. I have a backpack secured to the rear of the seat which contains spare trousers, a jumper, a light coat, gloves, a hat, wipes, anti-perspirant & a bag for life. The side pockets on the arms hold a pen, a radar key, loose change, pain killers, indigestion tablets, mp3 player & headphones, paper, micro usb charging lead & normally at least two 10ml vials of aftershave samples (personal choice cos I’m a tart ;) ).

    That’s me & my chariot.

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    #85169
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    @littlestef wrote:

    the problem is sybylla. hes only suggested that I should think about getting one. so I don’t know how I will stand with funding or getting one from the NHS?

    Hi Stef,

    You can only ask and see what is said. I hadn’t even thought about getting a powerchair until my consultant said he thought I should have one. I was reluctant to agree, thinking the NHS had enough to spend its money on, but he was very persuasive and made me realise that I would benefit from it. And how right he was. I didn’t have to apply for funding or fill in any forms about income etc. I had that powerchair for about 12 years and it was replaced last year by the Harrier I use now. There’s no harm in asking – after all, if the NHS wheelchair service exists, then surely you should be entitled to be referred to it?

    Sybylla

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    #85170
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    hey peeps. well I finally bit the bullet and got things moving on the wheelchair. I was originally told to ring adult social services, as they dealt with everything. simple enough I thought to myself.
    so I ring them and they told me that they would come round and see what adaptions I required. for e.g grab handles etc. I then asked if I could have a wheelchair ramp installed. sure they said, no problems. I then get asked if theres anything else I require. so I said a power wheelchair. to which they replied ‘we don’t supply them, you have to go through your surgery’. :scratch:
    the next day, I ring the surgery and the dr said he would fill all the paperwork out.
    Friday morning, I get a letter from leeds teaching hospitals and inside was a form for me to fill out and return. so I filled the questions out and prepared to return the form, when I notice that at the bottom of the form. there is a sentence saying ‘to qualify for the indoor/outdoor wheelchair, applicants must be’. need full time use of a wheelchair both inside and outside.
    now my flat is an upstairs flat and I can walk to the kitchen, toilet etc using my walking stick.
    does this mean that I wont qualify for a power wheelchair?
    also it says ‘we suggest you take out 3rd party insurance’. what is 3rd party and whats it for?
    p.s can you peeps please explain things to me, like im a 6yr old. thanks

    stefan

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    #85171
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    3rd party insurance is for fire and theft and if you run someone over and they decide to sue :roll:
    check here at Fish Insurance Insurance

    I don’t know about the walking around flat bit, I’d say fill the form in anyway, don’t ask don’t get!! ;)

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    #85172
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    hey peeps. heres an up date on things. well I got the paperwork through for an indoor / outdoor chair. i’ll admit that I was confused as to what they are. so I rang and asked. boy was I shocked to learn that I only get a chair if im a full time wheelchair user. I explained that I wanted it because my legs become unstable after walking for about 20ft, so I didn’t require one for indoors. they said that as I didn’t need it for indoors as well, I wasn’t entitled to one. so id have to effectively give up my mobility. which to me seems just mad.
    so, ive decided to buy my own and got in touch with adult social care for the various adaptions, such as wheelchair ramp and plug socket. 3 days later the adaptions officer visited. he kept on insisting that I was talking about a mobility scooter. yes peeps, wheelchair sounds like mobility scooter :bang: and would have to move to a bungalow. yes, should I hold my breath waiting for one to become available. I think not.
    I therefore asked for his email and today i emailed a picture of the foldawheel PW-999 folding wheelchair.
    what do you know. I just received a call from him saying that hes putting me forward for the required adaptions.

    stefan

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    #85173
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    Hi littlestef,

    well, that’s good news on the adaptions but I’m really surprised about the refusal to provide you with a wheelchair. That sounds very harsh and very different from my experience.
    I’ve had a look at the wheelchair you are buying and it looks good – compact, stylish and not as pricey as some. Have you been able to try it out or are you hoping it will be OK for you when it comes? Hope it all works out good for you!

    Syb

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    #85174
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    hi sybilla. I haven’t tried it out because going by researching it. ive only come across Amazon, who seems to be selling it in the UK. so I suppose i’ll be taking a risk and hope it fits me.
    has any of our other members come across places that sell the Foldawheel PW-999UL.

    stefan

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    #85175
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    good morning peeps. once again I need your advice. last Saturday I ordered my folding wheelchair

    however, the bloody housing have thrown another obstacle in the way. they have decided that they will put me a power point in my foyer. but wont put me a ramp in. :bang:
    so I thought fair do’s i’ll buy a ramp. I measured the step height, which for some stupid reason is 10 inch high and the main door opens outwards. so a standard ramp which is 4 / 6 inch high is no good.
    ok, I thought. what about a modular ramp (platform style) and the housing meet me half way on cost. I got the answer of no. we would be liable. ok, what about I pay for a ramp or decking type path with a smaller ramp.
    this time I got 3 different excuses as to why I cant do that.
    1. you have MD and have to move to a ground floor property
    2. I need planning permission, even though its only 10 inch high and a temp structure.
    3. the moaning git downstairs could complain and id have to remove it.

    so, how the hell do I get a ramp installed?
    I wouldn’t mind but I only ordered the chair for distances but it seems they practically want me to effectively give up my mobility.
    anybody got any ideas. I DO NOT want to move because ive had 3yrs of peace and quiet. I don’t get stones launched at my windows, I don’t find dirty needles in the garden and ive never been burgled either. all of which have happened at all my prior homes.

    stefan

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    #85176
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    Totally agree that you should not move if you are settled and do not have to. What is the
    point in getting you home adapted and everything at the right heights and angles and hen
    having to start again.

    To answer your question, my next door neighbour had the same problem two years ago and used
    the organisation I have mentioned several rimes “Care and Repair”. They just charged her materials and ten
    pounds an hour way less than any commercial organisation. Thy did a purpose built ramp
    for a powerchair that was a great success.

    Care and Repair in our area are now “We Care and Repair”, we noted they had simlar offshoots in different
    parts of the country.

    Chagrin told us about this chair, with superb videos, it looks superb. Let us know how it works out,

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    #85177
    Re: temporary wheelchair.

    This seems a national site for Care and Repair.
    http://www.careandrepair-england.org.uk/

    These are the people I use in SW
    http://www.wecr.org.uk/

    They have the Handy Van Service to go out ad actually do small jobs. Or a department specifically
    to advise you on how to remain in your own home :-
    http://www.wecr.org.uk/#/services/4576396868
    For larger jobs or repairs they find reputable tradesmen and oversee the order, there
    is only payment when the job is done to Care and Repair’s standard.

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