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    Question Economical Modern Wheelchair Recommendations?

    Hi All,

    Being disabled is fairly new to me. My condition has deteriorated continually over the last two years and now I just have enough strength to stand with my legs but not enough strength to walk (even with sticks or crutches). I have a standard Enigma self-propelled wheelchair. I have a very thick cushion on it too. I don't find it comfortable at all. Sadly, another factor is I'm always in pain, but I can sit and lie down at my base level pain for a long time, just not in the wheelchair.

    I've been doing basic searches for more modern wheelchairs but the prices seem astronomical.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of comfortable wheelchairs or cushions or anything that would help without breaking the bank?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    I've just ordered this custom made manual wheelchair but it is expensive.

    http://www.sunrisemedical.co.uk/prod.../xenon-sa.aspx

    Cushion - Get onto your local wheelchair service and say that your cushion requirements have changed and that you need a reassessment - that's the cheapest way.

    Jay J2 deep contour would suit you best https://www.quickie-wheelchairs.com/...hion-2902.html

    Wheelchair services have contracts with Invacare for wheelchairs, cushions and backrests http://www.invacare.com/cgi-bin/imhq...OID=-536891200

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    Thanks Lighttouch

    That wheelchair looks amazing, I think I'll need to save for quite a while before considering something like that.

    That cushion looks ideal, I've never used a wheelchair service. I will be moving council area soon so have been waiting until then (although I have been saying that for over 6 months now).

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    Firstly, where did you get the wheelchair you now have? 1st step is usually a referral to Wheelchair services by your GP and then you may get one on NHS or go through the voucher system and part pay. As you say, wait till you move as changing authoriries might mess up.
    2nd is the pain aggravated by the bending forward of self-propelling? if so maybe time to consider an electric?
    Yes costs can be massive but grants are always a possibility.

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    I got the wheelchair I have now from eBay. I don't know much about it other than it being an Enigma with quick release wheels. The person I bought it from told me it was worth £450, so I assumed it was worth half that.

    I've never had anyone in my life telling me any other way of getting a wheelchair. I have 2 GPs and 2 specialists. My GPs have never spoken to me about anything other than minuscule variations to my prescriptions. One of my specialists is the foremost authority in my condition in Scotland but deals with all spinal conditions and therefore has too many patients. He couldn't pick me out in a standard 100m race. My other specialist is even better, he is my Pain Management specialist. He's the guy you go see when you suffer from 24/7 chronic pain and painkillers do nothing. In my first consultation with him I was advised I've tried the top of the painkillers scale and his job was more to help me deal with a life living in pain. He wrote me a letter a few weeks ago advising he can no longer assist me unless they develop new drugs or technology. Unfortunately there isn't a rule book in becoming disabled. It was only because of MacMillan's Chronic Care division that I even knew to apply for PIP. I was disabled before I would even admit to myself that I am. I still struggle with the concept now. I'm just glad I found this site to help steer me right in matters which I should know.

    In terms of pain while self-propelling, it's not worsened by wheeling myself although bumps in the ground hurt a lot and the pavements are terrible.

    I just googled, "neon wheelchair" and "kuschalls", luckily Quickie was on the same site as Neon or my evening's entertainment would have taken a different route
    I'd never heard of any of them, but that's not surprising, I never been anywhere that sells wheelchairs.

    So I'm assuming if I want something modern looking, I'm looking at spending at least £2k?
    If I don't want one of the NHS ones how do you choose a wheelchair? ie, is it just on comfort and style?
    Is being lanky a factor? I'm not that tall but I'm all legs (perfect body proportions for a female, I'd be a supermodel).

    Also if there are any glaringly obvious questions I should be asking, please tell me the answers to them too
    Thanks

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    It's best to go somewhere that has a wide range of wheelchairs on display that you can try out and someone who can advise you. Most are made to measure so they measure you up and build the wheelchair to your specifications. I used to have a Quickie Titanium when I used a manual wheelchair and loved it but now I uses a scooter as it suits my needs better. It was some time ago but I think I got it from Millercare or somewhere like that. I went to one of their large showrooms and they gave me lots of advice.

    Maybe you could ask your GP for a wheelchair assessment or something. I'm not sure how that works as I've never gone that route. I had a NHS hospital provided manual wheelchair initially and then did my own research to buy my own.

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    Your best bet is to be assessed through the wheelchair service I'm using the voucher scheme so I'm getting a wheelchair voucher to the value of £475 that will be deducted from my privately bought chair.

    You could go through Simplyheath or MobilityMatters for an assessment

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    To repeat myself. GO TO YOUR GP AND ASK FOR WHEELCHAIR ASSESSMENT. Ebay? well you were'nt measured for it, did you know the weight before you bought? have you ever bought new tyres?
    Worst thing you could have done. It ain't like shopping for oranges. A wheelchair is highly personal and a life line.
    Can't tell where you live but if you can, go to the mobility roadshow - http://www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk/
    you will see a variety of chairs and get better idea of whats around.
    You don't say what your condition is but ask the specialist which is a better sort for you....if your mobility is worsening they should write a letter in support for you.

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    Thanks for all your replies.

    RaspberryRipple, I'm beginning to understand the brands now, thanks for your help on that and for your understanding and support.

    catlover, I'll have to do a bit of research to find a suitable company as the only showroom in Glasgow is ran by a company I know well and would never give them a penny or a minute of my time.

    On investigation, there is apparently quite a reputable NHS wheelchair service close to where I live. I will call them tomorrow and see if I can arrange an appointment without referral, if not I'll phone my GP's surgery and get a referral.

    Lighttouch, I was reading your wheelchair planning and ordering story last night. It's quite informative and helpful although the time from start potential finish is really surprising.

    My condition is Ankylosing Spondilitis which is basically corrosion of the spine. My specialist deals with all types of arthritis and therefore doesn't seem have the time to get to know his patients or make recommendations for them.

    reddevine, I wish I knew all that information before I bought it. If I did, I'm sure I would have already been to a wheelchair service. The wheelchair I bought was £50. It is way too wide for me, the wheels are slightly buckled (although I only noticed that a few weeks after I had been using it so it is likely to have been done by my usage as the tread on the tyres were barely touched). I bought myself a cushion online for around £30 which aids the comfort slightly but I feel too long for the wheelchair with my long legs. My backside goes very numb after a short period in the chair too.

    I've looked into the mobility roadshow, it's 4hr40minutes drive, so maybe :/
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    Lanky, you can self-refer to the wheelchair service and it'll take several weeks before they book you in. My initial assessment was conducted at home as they really want to see you in your natural habitat!

    My process was long winded as I assumed I could find funding towards the chair.

    Looks like you have an active website that covers your impairment - check out the benefits of joining . . .

    http://nass.co.uk/exercise/exercise-...ur-as/cycling/

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