1. Welcome to Talking Point - an online community for everyone who is affected by dementia. Whether you have dementia or know someone who does, we will be there for you.

    Sign up to join the community, or Log in if you're already a member.

    If you need help using Talking Point, read our Help pages or contact us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk

Need a wheelchair?

Discussion in 'Equipment and technology' started by CollegeGirl, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. CollegeGirl

    CollegeGirl Registered User

    Jan 19, 2011
    North East England
    Long story short - dad wanted a wheelchair for mam because she's become so slow at walking that it's affecting his own legs, trying to walk at her pace. He thought if he could push her in a wheelchair sometimes it would help.

    A trawl round our local mobility shops and the one he wanted was £355. That's a lot to pay when he didn't even know whether mam would sit in it.

    I found them a factory reconditioned one almost identical on eBay for £62! It was so easy, free delivery or local pickup at Argos (he chose the latter), and it's absolutely perfect. You can't tell it's a reconditioned one.

    I'd definitely recommend taking a look online before paying out for an expensive shop model.

    Hope this helps someone!
  2. Louise7

    Louise7 Registered User

    Mar 25, 2016
    Also, you can get them for free following an occupational health assessment, and the wheelchair will be specifically 'made to measure' to ensure that it's comfortable for the person using it.
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    South coast
    In my area you can also borrow one from the Red Cross, so you can "try before you buy"
  4. Slugsta

    Slugsta Registered User

    This can vary, in our area we would only get a voucher towards the cost of buying a chair.
  5. CollegeGirl

    CollegeGirl Registered User

    Jan 19, 2011
    North East England
    Dad tried that route and months later is still waiting for the assessment, unfortunately, which is why he thought he'd just buy one!
  6. Ludlow

    Ludlow Registered User

    Jul 20, 2016
    SE England
    The Red Cross also sell reconditioned wheelchairs and other mobility equipment such as walkers as well as 3 month loan of all sorts of useful things.
  7. fortune

    fortune Registered User

    Sep 12, 2014
    It's taken NHS four months but mum's now had her assessment. Now we wait for the wheel chair!

Share This Page