1. sunny

    sunny Registered User

    Sep 1, 2006
    598
    Please has anyone got any advice about types of wheelchairs - any pitfalls to be aware of? makes etc. costs etc. thanks.
     
  2. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,439
    Sunny

    Have a look here
    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/TalkingPoint/discuss/showthread.php?t=1234

    Personally, I purchased a folding wheelchair with small wheels (I think they're called attended wheelchairs). It cost me £100 or thereabouts. If I was pushing it a lot, I think one with a motor might be a good idea. The only slightly odd thing I've found is that it seems to me the handles to push with are a little low, and I'm only 5' 5". Possibly I have extra short arms or something!
     
  3. sunny

    sunny Registered User

    Sep 1, 2006
    598
    many thanks.

    Thanks for info. Very helpful. Will start looking now.
     
  4. Cate

    Cate Registered User

    Jul 2, 2006
    1,370
    Newport, Gwent
    Hi Sunny

    I bought one for mum which has the small wheels and 'soft' tyres so nice ride for mum. Useful features bar either side of wheels to push down on with your foot for going up steps (saves on the arms), brake is on the handles, foot rests swing out so mum doesn't catch her ankles getting in and out. Back folds down, and foot rests come off, all which helps it to fit in the boot of my small coupe car. Bit pricey at around £195, but hoping to have many miles out of it.
    Happy shopping
    Cate
    PS Also bought one of those waterproof capes.
     
  5. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,439
    Cate's sounds identical to the one I purchased (except for the brakes), but mine was a reconditioned rental once, hence the price difference. I like the sound of the brakes on the handle, though. The foot operated one can be a bit of a pain when you're in close quarters, like getting into a car. I bought mine from fred walton, but I'm sure there are other sources. Don't forget, you can aslo get them from the red cross on long term loan.

    Jennifer
     

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