It’s like ‘Top Gear’ only with wheelchairs! A top of the range Power Chair – max speed 6 x miles per hour. Maximum distance around 6 x miles depending upon terrain (we can push 8 x miles if we stay on the flat) Joystick controlled, dual battery and even a freewheel option. Self propelled – or in our case, assisted wheel chair, 24 inch puncture proof tyres, foot rests and adjustable arm rests. Maximum speed 4 x miles per hour on a flat surface, uphill …… not very fast at all 🙂 and our new addition dual wheel power assisted self propelled wheel chair – The Excel G-lite Pro – with ultra lite frame, easy snap on 24 inch wheels with anti puncture tyres. Assistant controlled motor with maximum speed of 6 x miles per hour (if jogging, and not for very long!)
Does this sound extravagant? I hope not. Marc has a chair now for different situations and importantly the range helps us, as parent carers, to keep him active as we get older and tire quicker.
The power chair allows Marc his complete independence, as he drives this himself. We need to be on hand in case he has a seizure and loses control and drives off the road. The trouble with this is that it is phenomenally heavy, even with the batteries taken off so we are restricted getting it in and out of the car to go out anywhere for a walk – this we use on the doorstep and thank heavens we chose somewhere near the country so we can just wander out of the front door along country lanes. We have our eye on the new ‘Foldalite Pro’ a new design with lithium batteries that can be carried in one hand while folding down to no more than a transit chair. Expensive, but watch this space.
The new G-lite Pro offers us the control of an assistance chair with the added power of the power chair and as it folds away nicely its idea to throw in the car with the picnic hamper and we can once again enjoy the wheel-walks even with a gradient without becoming exhausted pushing.
All these are once again essential tools as Marc begins to regain his interest in activities and going places, we have joined a local mindfulness walking group with ‘Mind’ to help him build his interaction with people ‘who understand’ and we hope build some friendships along the way. They don’t focus on wheelchair walks themselves, and are pleased that I will be joining with Marc as we can bring an added value dimension to their group, and maybe, we could, in time, become volunteer walk leaders ourselves for them. All adding great information for the wheel-walking web pages.
Which chair did he choose? …. the new one of course 🙂