1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Please can someone advise me on wheelchairs. I borrowed one for my husband so that I could take him for a walk with our grandchildren. He nearly fell out and also kept putting his feet down on the ground. I would like one that can go on unsurfaced roads, is lightweight and foldable and has a lap belt and foot restraints.
    I would be grateful for any help.
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,716
    Female
    Dundee
    I don't know how things work in your area but I got our wheelchair through the GP. He got the district nurse service to refer me to the department which issues NHS wheelchairs. I had to give my husband's measurements so that we got a chair suitable for him. I asked for a folding one so I could get it in the car boot. The first one I got was too heavy for me lifting into the boot so I contacted them and was given a lightweight one. I was used to wheelchairs so didn't need this but the chap who brought it was ready to advise me on the correct way to use it.


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  3. TinaT

    TinaT Registered User

    Sep 27, 2006
    7,095
    Bolton
    I bought a lighter weight (not all that light as I found when lifting the folded chair up into the boot of my car) by looking on the specialist sites on the internet. I couldn't use the one which was given to my husband by the OT which was altogether too heavy for me top lift into the car at all.

    xxTinaT
     
  4. Chuggalug

    Chuggalug Registered User

    Mar 24, 2014
    8,007
    Norfolk
    Withy, I always buy my own chairs, but do ask your GP. If you can get a chair from the local hospital, you should be able to have it serviced by them as well at what would probably be known as the wheelchair centre. We've got one in our local hospital. I hear it's very good.

    Your husband would be fitted for a chair that's comfortable for him, and, as you're his carer, you can let the hospital folk know what you can and cannot manage.
     
  5. WIFE

    WIFE Registered User

    May 23, 2014
    857
    WEST SUSSEX
    I had a Days Lightweight Foldable wheelchair for my husband - has all the attributes you mention and my husband was so comfortable that he often used to insist on having his lunch sitting in the wheelchair when we came back from our walks. Good luck WIFE
     
  6. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Thanks everyone for your replies, I will ask the GP but will look into that Days one, Wife. I like the idea of using it at lunchtime, its such a struggle getting him to sit on a kitchen chair.
     
  7. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,336
    Female
    South coast
    I borrowed a lightweight folding wheelchair from the Red Cross. Is there anything like that in your area?
     
  8. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Not sure but will check it out. Thanks.
     
  9. esmeralda

    esmeralda Registered User

    Nov 27, 2014
    3,072
    Devon
    Hi Withy, our OT referred us to the wheelchair service down here (Plymouth). We had a long wait and I had to appeal their first decision (turned down because they didn't get enough info from the OT. Their form badly designed).
    Good service when we did get it though. My husband was measured for the right size and it's very suitable. Supposed to be lightweight but I do struggle a bit to get it in the car, but such a help . You definitely need one with footrests. Hope you get what you need.
    Es
    x
     
  10. Burberry

    Burberry Registered User

    Nov 3, 2011
    8
    Wheelchair

    Hi

    I got a really good wheelchair for my Mum last year. The company is CareCo UK Ltd and can be ordered on line. Its very light about 7-8 kgs easy to collapse and put up and goes in the back of my KA with the seat down. Its a 18" G-lite PROTR about £170.00 and worth every penny. Got a bag to go on the back too so shopping in much easier.
    Good Luck Sheila
     
  11. Quilty

    Quilty Registered User

    Aug 28, 2014
    1,056
    GLASGOW
    I allso bought very light wheelchair online. Has safety belt and footrests. Best bit is handles fold so it fits easily in the boot. Cost 164 quid but cheaper than a sore back. Paid with mums disability allowance.
     
  12. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,716
    Female
    Dundee
    That's exactly what we have but we got it from NHS.
     
  13. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Can you get straps to hold feet on the footrest? When I borrowed one he kept putting his foot on the ground. Thanks for all the advice.
     
  14. Chuggalug

    Chuggalug Registered User

    Mar 24, 2014
    8,007
    Norfolk
    I think most footrests have straps, Withy. All of mine have, so far :)
     
  15. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Thank you, I just havent found it in the information on the websites.
     
  16. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    Do you mean straps to stop hi lifting his feet? They usually have heel stops but not straps to strap feet down as such.

    You might find a strap round the front of his shins more effective.
     
  17. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
    Yes Jessbow, I need something to keep his feet on the footrest, and stop him putting his feet on the ground when its moving. Do they do shin straps then?
     
  18. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,716
    Female
    Dundee
  19. withy

    withy Registered User

    Feb 23, 2013
    95
    Lancashire
  20. Danni

    Danni Registered User

    Oct 4, 2014
    12
    Izzy. You can loan a wheelchair from the red cross for up to 3 months and all they ask is a small donation. Most loan centres will also sell second hand wheelchairs that have been donated to them. In my experience they are in excellent condition and some are brand new or hardly used. Just go to www.redcross.org.uk put in the area you live and it will tell you the nearest centre to you. X
     

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