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    • westy23
    • By westy23 1st Dec 17, 9:56 PM
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    Wheelchair
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    • 1st Dec 17, 9:56 PM
    Wheelchair 1st Dec 17 at 9:56 PM
    Evening
    Due to wife’s deteriorating health she is now in need of a wheelchair for outside of the house.
    Anyone got any recommendations for a attendant push wheelchair that is also lightweight for car transportation.
    Thanks.
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    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 1st Dec 17, 10:00 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 10:00 PM
    Evening
    Due to wife’s deteriorating health she is now in need of a wheelchair for outside of the house.
    Anyone got any recommendations for a attendant push wheelchair that is also lightweight for car transportation.
    Thanks.
    Originally posted by westy23
    Has her GP referred her to an occupational therapist to be assessed for a wheelchair? She should be able to get one from the NHS then
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 2nd Dec 17, 1:27 PM
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    The problem is there is usually a long waiting list for wheelchair services.

    Depends on what you need. You can buy A simple lightweight transit chair, with four small wheels, from The larger branches of Asda which can tide you over for now. Usually around £70.

    I bought a chair from Costco, with the large self propelling front wheels for around £80. The same chair cost £450 in the specialist mobility shops so do shop around. Have a look on the internet but also be aware that large supermarkets, diy sheds, garden centres etc have wheelchairs that customers can use. It will save your back if you borrow those whenever possible. Even a lightweight chair takes some lifting in and out of car boots.

    Obviously if your wife needs something more robust and which will be more comfortable for longer periods of use then wheelchair services will “tailor”a chair to her specific needs.

    But bearing in mind we are now on the run up to Christmas then you can expect lengthy delays to get an appt with them.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 02-12-2017 at 1:30 PM.
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 2nd Dec 17, 1:40 PM
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    Lloyd’s pharmacy do a range of simple chairs, look on eBay and local gumtree sites as well as people buy them for short term conditions then get rid of them hardly used.
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    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 2nd Dec 17, 2:13 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 17, 2:13 PM
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    Amazon sell them, also take a look on Freecycle.
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 2nd Dec 17, 2:26 PM
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    JTF who no longer require you to own a business, used to have a wide range of applances, at low prices.
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 2nd Dec 17, 2:30 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 17, 2:30 PM
    Have a chat with Seacroft Mobility, they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

    http://seacroftmobility.com/index.php?id_category=57&controller=category&id_la ng=1

    (No personal link to them, but they've been on the go for years and are well known for looking after their customers.)
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 2nd Dec 17, 6:03 PM
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    Ask about an appointment at your wheelchair assessment unit. My son needed a replacement chair and had an appointment within a fortnight. His chair arrived the following week, although we had to wait a further week for an appointment.

    It might not take as long as you think. If you can't wait that long, visit a mobility shop near to you. If possible, try out a few chairs. Then go home (with the details) and check them out on Amazon and on mobility websites for reviews. After that, you can decide where you want to buy from.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 3rd Dec 17, 5:07 PM
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    Don't forget that many items for the disabled are VAT free.
    • Alter ego
    • By Alter ego 3rd Dec 17, 5:12 PM
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    Try British Red Cross for loan of a wheelchair. Then source one at your own pace.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 3rd Dec 17, 5:15 PM
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    The last time I checked, our wheelchair service prioritised people who need a wheelchair indoors. If it was "only" for external use there was an 18 month wait.
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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 3rd Dec 17, 10:18 PM
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    The last time I checked, our wheelchair service prioritised people who need a wheelchair indoors. If it was "only" for external use there was an 18 month wait.
    Originally posted by elsien
    I think it must depend on the area. My son's is for external use only - but I was told that the only reason he can have one now that he is 19 is because he is still in education. Over 18s generally don't get wheelchairs any more in my health authority. I wasn't aware of this. My son really needed a bigger chair though, as he was last measured for one six years ago, and he has grown quite a bit since then! His next will not be NHS unless the policy changes.
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 5th Dec 17, 10:14 PM
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    Remember regardless of which chair you go for don’t skimp on getting a well fitted, comfy cushion.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Dec 17, 9:17 PM
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    You can sometimes get one through an OT.
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