My mother in law had an nhs made to measure wheelchair . They made it so the handle height was right for the principal pusher. I'd go for big rear wheels if you're going outside with it; they are much, much easier to push especially getting up and down kerbs if there's no drop down.
There is a guy in lurgan who provides free wheelchairs. Not sure how you can contact me directly for contact information as i dont want to publish his details for all to see. just joined the group do not sure how it works
I have to admit to buying a 2nd hand one from Preloved - it was just to see whether my mother would take to it; that was 3 years ago and it's been brilliant. It was quite local and very cheap and does the job and my mother says it is v comfortable. Yes it has large rear wheels (which as has been said are essential for comfort and ease and use outside), comfy seat and back-res; it also folds so it can go in the boot of my car (just). But all the other ideas are good. Sue
I specifically didn't want one John could operate himself as he is a wanderer. However the guy who delivered it said that it is easier to push that type because of the bigger wheels. I find the one we have now hard going and rely on daughter or son in law if we take it out
The cashier in Tesco yesterday told me they have wheelchairs for customers both electric and the push type. I had never noticed that and will use them next time I go shopping.
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My wheel-chair which I've had for several years is borrowed from the lovely Red Cross here in Hants UK. I only use it indoors and in fact I find it easier to "scoot" it about so I've taken off the footplates and the armrests.
I use crutches outdoors - the wheelchair is really for the kitchen where I need both hands for cooking etc, and I'd be nervous about crutches slipping on the tiles if there was any water on the floor.
Banger, good luck with getting the equipment you need.
I just wanted to suggest you might get a lesson or demonstration in how to safely transfer in and out of the wheelchair, push up and down ramps and stairs and over curbs, et cetera, so everyone is kept safe.