We have decided to buy a Mobility Scooter for him indoors as getting the wheelchair in and out of the car and then pushing a giant of a man in it is now killing me, bad back, aching neck and arms. Why does everywhere you go seem to have an upward slope, okay coming down isn't so bad, tempted to let the darned thing go and let him free wheel.
Well we cannot get a light one as he is well over the weight limit for it and also much too tall so we have had to look at the larger ones, which means heavier. I had a go dismantling one yesterday, the battery weighs a ton, the motor at the back weighs a ton, the seat is not too bad, the basket is okay but the base complete with tiller (handle bars) cannot even be lifted, so you have to live the front, place it on the edge of the boot and push it in. Then do the opposite getting it out.
First of all before you can put it in the car you have to take the seat off, take the battery out, take the motor off, take the basket off then fold down the tiller onto the base, lift the front of the base and put it on the boot of the car and push it in.
Getting it out of the boot you have to put the chair on the floor, put the battery on the floor, put the motor on the floor, put the basket on the floor, then try and get the base out the way it went in,then attach then open up the tiller, attach the motor, attach the battery, attach the seat and attach the basket.
Well I did this yesterday and I was absolutely and totally knickknacked. The only other way is to buy a ramp and wheel it in and the heavier ones cost £170 and the very light ones cost £700 but the question arises is where do you put the ramp when it is finished with as you have to take it with you to get the scooter out again. The next option is to buy a new car that has been modified to lift a scooter and god knows how much that will cost us.
I thought getting a scooter would be so very simple, get it out, stick him on it and hey presto, bye bye husband, but no, not simple at all.
I cannot face pushing him round in a wheelchair for the rest of our lives so we are going to have to buy one and hope to god I don't do my back in. A lot of people tell us they can lift theirs in and out quite easily, yes you can if you are 5 ft something or other and only weigh about 10 stone, but when someone weighs nearly 18 stone and is well over 6 ft 3 ins tall then a light-weight scooter would collapse under him hence the reason we have to get a bigger model.