A year and a half in and I’m still tweaking my “new” chair. Finally, I think I have it good enough. Are there still aspects I’m not crazy about? Absolutely. Next go round I don’t think I’ll be sticking with the fwd, but not much I can do about that misstep now. Finally, I got the joystick mount I wanted and a waterfall armrest! They do exist.
From the moment I got my chair, the Permobile F3, I hated the flat hard arm pads. Voicing my concern, they replaced them with flat, less but still hard and now grippy arm pads. Not cool. To get what I wanted took another consultation, lots of waiting and a little ingenuity at installation. I’m not mechanical whatsoever so can’t tell you exactly what they did, but with some kind of adapter they were able to give me the waterfall arm pad I wanted. No more armrest with corners to dig into me, yay!
The look of disappointment on my face indicated the new joystick mount wasn’t what I hoped for. Although it locked in position, it didn’t swing both ways and wasn’t spring loaded. Luckily the rep had the one I had in mind on his truck. I talked him into trading before he installed the bad one even though it meant finagling it to fit. Almost like Apollo 13, fitting a square peg into a round hole. Success! I think he liked the challenge and my expression when it worked made it worth the effort.
Of course, the new joystick mount meant adapting the Jaco control mount. He did the best he could, but after the rep left it basically fell off. With the help of my PCA and Velcro we moved the screen and switches. If everything holds it might be better now than originally.
How long does it take for you to adapt a new chair? It might be a never-ending process, but for now I think it’s about as good as I can get it. Three and a half years to decide if I want to start all over again.