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Wheelchair Training Guide

Discussion in 'Information and Resources' started by lior, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. lior

    lior Senior Member

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    Those links are really useful @lior
    We often don't think about the aspects of using a wheelchair, but the reality hits when we have one and have to learn.
    If ever I have to use one I hope it will be a 4-wheel drive to get me across my favourite fields! :balloons:
     
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    I haven’t used a wheelchair yet, but it’s on my mind a lot lately, since I can rarely go out anymore. I can’t walk for long and I get so dizzy I can’t stand stil, either.

    But there is no way I would be able to push myself on a wheelchair. And since it’s only me, I have no one to push me. Do people with ME manage to use a manual wheelchair by themselves ? Electric ones are sooo expensive, and you need to have a big shed or garage for them. Sigh...
     
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    @Dechi I've been thinking about the same things. I also don't have anyone to push me.

    I tried out a manual wheelchair in a shop and it was easier than I thought it would be. It didn't require a lot of power to move it... but it was just short distances, and on a flat surface.

    My plan is to try one out at a gallery where they have wheelchair hire in a couple of weeks, with a friend. Hopefully it will be a manual one that I can push (not just for being pushed by someone else, though this is likely). Testing it out is really the best way, I think.

    I'm not planning to spend money on something I don't know is right for me. I will try before I buy.

    I suspect that a manual one will still take a bit of energy to move around, but it will be so much less energy spent than walking. My worry is going up the slight hills in my neighbourhood.

    A lot of wheelchairs are foldable so I'm not worried about the space issue.
     
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    I would love it if you let me know how it was ! In my case, an additional problem, I think folding and mostly lifting the wheelchair to put it in my trunk and in and out of the house would make me crash.

    It’s a fantastic option when you have someone to help though.
     
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    @Dechi there are lightweight ones but they are more expensive. In the UK I think it may be possible to get a wheelchair for free, or a voucher for a wheelchair at the cost of the wheelchair that the NHS would have given you, to be put towards a more expensive one.

    But that process will take a lot of energy to go through... going to the doctors, and I'll bet there's paperwork, etc.
     
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    There might be something of the sort in Canada. I tried to have one loaned to me by the local government clinic but they only allow 3 months loan and as they say « you don’t qualify if it’s ONLY to enjoy being outside or go to the mall ». It has to be to go to the doctor’s 2-3 times a week... What kind of crap is that ?

    Thanks for your infos, it’s kind of boosting me a little bit to try harder.
     
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    @Dechi Woah that sounds grossly unfair. They're happy for people to be homebound unless it's to see a doctor? Ughh.

    A 3 month loan... if that was the case for me, I would see it as an experiment to see what difference it made to my life. Though I only go to the doctor a couple of times a month so I wouldn't qualify in Canada. I don't know what the rules are here.

    Go you! Knowing there are other people in the same boat is good for me too :)
     
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    Thought I would update. I went in a wheelchair properly in the weekend, at a gallery - it was the gallery's wheelchair.

    Other people in wheelchairs smiled at me. People who were moving out of my way smiled at me. This was an unexpected occurrence.

    Being low down did affect my experience of the exhibition.
    Not having to walk made a HUGE difference - I could keep going for longer.
    However, it didn't make the whole difference. I was still pretty much immediately exhausted from the noise, the crowds, the movements, the rich visual environment. Being in the cafe with people walking behind me along the aisle was unpleasant - it's ridiculous how sensitive I am to movement.

    At one point during the exhibition, I got my friend to park the wheelchair in a corner so I could just rest - stop looking at things, and close my eyes. I'm glad I did that.

    I found that my concentration affected my enjoyment of the exhibition. I was keen to see things - but somehow I was less interested in things than I normally am. I somehow couldn't register the details. And it didn't touch me deeply. It could be that the exhibition wasn't great, but I reckon my ability to engage really didn't help. Wheelchairs can't change that. If the crowd wasn't there then it might have been less overwhelming and I might have been able to engage more with the displays.

    My neck and shoulders REALLY hurt from looking at things side on. I don't normally sit up for such long periods either, so that might have contributed - additionally I was probably tense from being so over stimulated.


    I've got a referral to an occupational health assessment, so I will finally get help about whether I should get a wheelchair, or something else. I have been emotionally struggling with the idea of dependance so I'm wary about getting a wheelchair that someone else has to push.
     
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    I also don't have anyone to push a wheelchair either and I can still walk extremely short distances. I asked my doctor for one of these:
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    They are foldable and built light enough so that they can be put in the trunk of a car. When I need to leave my home I call a senior van service that has a lift for wheelchairs and walkers.

    I also get a few smiles from others using walkers. I also had the sensation of other walker users checking out what I was using. A lady using a traditional walker (no wheels or seat) asked me where I got mine and I said, "Medicare?" In the US Medicare will pay for these.
     
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