Next Step in the Wheelchair Process
Do you look forward to getting a new wheelchair? You’d think it would be fun and exciting, but not for me. As you may know I’ve started the dreaded wheelchair process. First of all it threw me for a loop when I learned my occupational therapy office didn’t wear masks. You can see my reaction in my recent vlog. After composing myself I reached out directly to the occasional therapist. He agreed to wear a mask for my wheelchair evaluation and future appointments. Go figure, the day after the evaluation my state implemented a mask mandate. Oh well, good advocacy practice I guess.
Overall the evaluation went well. Not only were measurements taken, features were discussed. My intention was to clone this wheelchair and add some features to enhance comfort and independence. Sounds good, right? Even the wheelchair rep sounded promising about it. After double checking they could get those features on that model he’d back to me. Then the call came. None of the features come on the model I want after all.
It looks like I have a couple options. If I want to stick with rear wheel drive I can get most, but not all, of the options with the Quantum Rival. If I switch to front wheel drive I can get all the features I’m looking for. My last chair was a mid wheel drive and I hated it from day one. Therefore I’m hesitant to try front wheel. I just don’t think I’d be happy with the Rival though.
While I contemplate my decision they’re going to check to see if they have a front wheel drive I can demo. Why can’t anything be easy? What’s more important for you, the drive or the features? Are you loyal to a brand? I forgot to ask if a cat bed attachment comes standard.