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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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