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  1. Fat Controller

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    As most of you know, I recently spent some time in hospital, and although I am now home, my mobility is pretty shot. I can currently only stand from sitting if the seat is high enough, and then I am walking indoors only with a gutter frame (Zimmer with arm supports).

    Whilst I anticipate that I will recover, it is going to be a slow process, and therefore I am considering something for the short to medium term. Now, I could get a 'shove about' type wheelchair quite cheaply, but that means Mrs C would end up shoving me about which isn't fair on her, and worries me in terms of potential injury/strains, so I am now thinking powered

    My thinking is that I can sell whatever on as and when I am better. Currently, I am leaning more towards a wheelchair than a scooter, simply because I think it will be easier to get in and out of (thinking the handlebars on a scooter would make I 3rd harder and prevent us using the hoist to get me in or out), but I am not fixed on this and would appreciate any and all views and advice, especially from those of you who have hands on experience of these things
     
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      I dont really know but if your into speed the local mobility scooterers in Edinburgh go from 0-30 mph in about 3 seconds :shocked:
       
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        I don't think I am quite ready for the modification scene just yet :biggrin:
         
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          Do you have access to an occupational therapist? Maybe they could advise which would be best for you?
          Best of luck with your recovery anyway :dbgrtmb:
           
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            Sadly, the OT I was referred to proved to be somewhat problematic, and is the subject of a complaint that I have lodged, so I doubt any advice will be forthcoming from her
             
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            Hiya FC. My husband needed a great deal of assistance with mobility when he was still with us. He/we bought a very comfortable roadworthy scooter - with no intention of folding it up for the boot of the car! It was as comfy for him to sit in for long periods of time as an armchair, and he used to go off on it and sit and watch the birds (feathered sort) the seat twisted round for the purpose of getting on and off the scooter and the arms raised up out of the way for the same purpose. It was a very sturdy vehicle, and cost about £4.000 - I think the prices have come down since then.
            He felt quite independent with this, and when we went off for country walks, he would often speed up and leave me behind - just for a laugh. The 'thing' as I called it did 8mph and about 25 miles on one charge.
            We had a small lock up to house the scooter.
            In my vicinity, the mobility people will bring different vehicles to your home so that you can try them out at leisure. Maybe you have similar services near you?
            Afraid I have no experience of motorised wheel chairs, but I hope you get the right gadget to suit, and wish you a speedy recovery.
             
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              @Fat Controller , sorry about your experience with the OT . Some really are good, I hope you get another ( better) one soon :fingers crossed:
               
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                This looks like fun !
                 
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                A couple of these look rather trendy :)
                 
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                It's reminded me about a golfing pal who has a similar mobility golf buggie. They have much wider wheels and are more sturdily built. He needs his because he'd struggle to play eighteen holes, even with an electric golf trolley.
                Golfers being what they are, the sight of him on it together with the sort of hat he wears has meant that he's been christened "Madge."


                mobility-scooter-in-Spain.jpg

                (Someone had to explain that to me as I don't watch the programme).

                On a serious note, for temporary use, I would consider a wheelchair, if it isn't going to have to travel very far, or be used for very long, is probably the best option.

                Second-hand, they're "as cheap as chips," on e-Bay. Lots of options including motorised ones.
                 
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                  Whatever happens, we have to try to hold on to a sense of humour.........I s'pose.
                  How would Mrs FC fancy this idea ?
                   
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                    I think for indoor use a wheelchair would be more practical FC having used one myself for six months. It would be more manoeuvrable through doorways and easier to turn.

                    I think the motorised wheelchair with detachable front end in Tetter's video would give you the best of both worlds inside and out, but think it best that you try out other options as well. I'm sure there must be a mobility company close to where you live that can help you choose.
                     
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                      Well Home FC :dbgrtmb:

                      FC, some mobility scooters have to be registered with DVLA if you take/use them on the highway even the pavement, some companys who sell them don't tell you this when you buy, as Tetters say roadworthy

                      But i think you know this anyway
                       
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                        I deal with this company for some of the people I help (they're based in the town those people are in).

                        Home - 1st Call Mobility

                        I don't like the front page of their website but that's unimportant :noidea:. They, apparently, hire out equipment which may make more sense.

                        Seeing that you have had trouble with your OT it may be a good idea to try and get a private one just to give you advice. In any case, please remember what I have said to you earlier. :blue thumb:

                        EDIT:- P.S. Jiffy is right but they're easy to sort out and don't cost you. They used to need a tax disc (free) for the mobility scooter.
                         
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                          If you want to join this gang FC it will have to be a roadworthy job;)
                           
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