Last week I took the big step of buying a powered wheelchair. A neat little device: a DeVilbiss Airfold
Carbon fibre frame so quite tough.
Took it out today for its first proper trial and I’m really happy with it. It is comfortable and very responsive. I just have to remember to release the joystick when I want to stop! That was the cause of a couple of comic moments in an outdoor cafe this morning- no harm done but much laughter as I careered into the tables having forgotten how to stop! Learning curve.
But seriously it is great and a welcome addition to my various aids. I was outdoors with it all morning at a local fair and it performed brilliantly even under my inexpert piloting.it is designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
I expect to have a companion with me mostly and will try to expand my range by doing short trips with whoever will come out with me. It folds down like a pushchair and fits happily into a standard car boot, a friend gave me a lift most of the way and lifted the machine into her car. She said It was heavy but she lifted it easily it weighs 17 kg.( I paid £2,350 for it. My local mobility shop didn’t do motability and to be honest I didn’t want that, illmpay myself back over the year from my mobility allowance. When you compare it to the cost of getting and running a car, you get some perspective.
I’ve much to learn and I’m tired out now, but I’m loving it.
Happy May day, or Beltaine for all you Celts out there.