scooter or power chair

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pokey79
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   Posted 3/9/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Any sugestions about a scooter or a powerchair? I am leaning towards a scooter but of course the salesman wants me to have a powerchair...And that means work on my car which is a small vehicle.He is coming out wed. to show me both.I went from nobody wanting to help me.....To everybody wanting to ......Any suggestions would be appreciated. :-) barb
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rhondab
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Barb

Wow...i'm not sure if i can help on this, but seems to me that u should try running about in both a little bit. Check them out in u'r home and in ways u may need or anticipate needing them and then take a look at the cost diff including that work on u'r car. I'm sorry, no point in my post, but maybe others will be along with some real help soon. Best wishes on this and i'm so glad u'r getting this done!
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pokey79
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   Posted 3/10/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the power chair would be too big....They are both supossed to be covered under the insurance....The hitch and platform I qualify for a 1000 "grant"because the car is not a year old plus maybe even some help from the ms society.....If the scooter disassembles that would be so much better..But somehow I feel this is going to be pressure filled like buying a car hope I am wrong..The guy did seem nice but if he wants to sell a power chair........Plus I need to think if I can get the scooter reassembled..Of course I am sure he will go over that..Thanks Rhonda any answer helped...barb
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mycoline three times a day
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bladder meds. daily
calcium/multivitiams
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uppitycats
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   Posted 3/10/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Usually with a power chair you need a van with a ramp, and some way to get the chair into the van. Then you need to figure out if you want to drive from the chair (the driver's seat is removeable), or if you want to transfer from the chair to the driver's seat. If you want to transfer, then a different configuration is necessary to make that happen.

The vans that accommodate power chairs are low to the ground, so you have to have clearance from the road to the van. If you're in the city, or driving mainly on paved roads, there isn't a problem. But if you're in the country (like I am), driving on dirt or gravel, the low van means you "bottom out" all the time -- hit the road with the bottom of the van, not a good thing!

Or there are structures you can buy that hook on to the back of the car, like "boat hitches", that you'd drive your chair onto, and strap it down. But then you'd need to be able to get to the front of your car on your own "power" (like, with crutches or walker).  And the chair is out there in the rain, snow, whatever other elements, getting dirty and dented from road debris. I know they'll try to offer you covers, which help, but that is a consideration.

The scooters are easy to take apart and re-assemble, but still heavy, especially the battery part. So you'd need to be sure you could even lift that into the car. And then make sure that all the parts will fit!

Don't expect a LOT of help from the car company. Usually you have to have applied for that when you bought the car..and it's only around $1,000 anyway. I don't know what the MS Society may offer.

If I were in your situation, I'd probably go with a scooter, for now (I'd consider the 4 wheel kind, though; they're much more stable). You can always move to a power chair later.

 


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pokey79
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   Posted 3/10/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks uppity...............who would have thought so much was involved...barb
diaganosed 1983
avonex once weekly
steroid infusion every three months for three days
mycoline three times a day
fosamax once a week
bladder meds. daily
calcium/multivitiams
synthyroid
 
 


uppitycats
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   Posted 3/10/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
pokey79 said...
thanks uppity...............who would have thought so much was involved...barb

Yeah, I really could use a power chair....but I have a small car, and as I noted, live in the country "down a dirt road, down a dirt road".  And an accessible van is EXPENSIVE...about twice the price of the van without modifications-- so in the range of $55,000 or so!  I'm keeping watch for a used one, but haven't seen one yet in my area.
 
So I'm really confined -- really can't go anywhere by myself. When I was able to walk, some, I could use forearm crutches to get to my trunk and unload my manual chair. But I can't do that anymore, so when I want to go somewhere I either have to have someone go with me, or plan for someone to meet me at the other end to unload my chair for me. And then there is the issue of bathrooms -- I can't go anywhere by myself that will take more than 2-3 hours, becuase that's about how long I can manage to not be near a bathroom...  So it's pretty confining.
 
I hope you can work out something that will suit you!
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Gamma
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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Uppitycats is right, with a power chair you will need to have a van with a ramp.  You also have to consider, if you are going to be using it in your home, are your doors wide enough to accomadate it?  If you go with a scooter a 4 wheel is much more stable.  There are small lifts out there that can be installed in a trunk, it raises up, swings out and hooks to the scooter to lift it into your trunk.  Of course then you still have the problem of getting from the trunk to the door.  If you have a pick-up truck the same lift can be used over the side so that you can get in the truck and operate the lift controls from inside.  Have you considered a small powered chair.  It looks like a manual chair and is about the same size, but comes with a motor.   These do weigh a lot, so you would need help to get it in and out of your car.  My biggest problem was trying to find a chair that would go through the doors in my house so I got a custom light weight chair.  I too am dependent on someone else to take me places, because of the epilepsy I had to give up my driving priviledges.

Lots of things to consider, don't rush into anything because most insurance co. put a limit on how often they will pay for chairs and the like.

Gentle hugs

Gamma


momofltlbrat
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   Posted 3/10/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Barb,

I can't go from experience because I don't need a chair myself, but there has been alot of talk about chairs on another site I visit.  I have read that insurance companies don't replace chairs very easily, so everyone is right on here.  Ask to "use" both types of chairs in your house, and travels, make sure it is convenient, works where you need it and can be transported.  Also make sure the chair has some type of cushioning to avoid pressure sores, you don't want to deal with that too.  Someone of the other site has a scooter (I believe) that also leans back a bit which helps with comfort.  Also find out how long it takes to charge the battery and how much time passes before you need to replace the battery and the cost of same. 

Seems like an awful lot to think about, take your time Barb, you don't want any regrets when it is too late, and tell the salesman he if cared about his clients he wouldn't put pressure on you towards either, but lay out the pros and cons of each, lend you each and let you make the decision as to what works for your needs. 

Good luck

Debbie

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