Has anyone managed to get a wheelchair through NHS wheelchair services when they can still walk most days?
I'm had another day today where I just ended up pushing myself too far with walking/standing/sitting at a 4 hour community event and thought that today would have been a good day to have had a wheelchair. I usually use crutches, and even though I have bought my own ergonomic soft grip ones, they are still hard on my arms and back. The only thing is that I did buy a wheelchair a few years back when I was first really bad (before I realised I had spondyloarthritis so wasn't getting any treatment for it at all) and could barely move my legs, but it was just a very ordinary and quite clunky wheelchair, so self-propelling was quite tiring on my arms. If I got another, for it to be useful to me it would have to be a very lightweight one I could get in and out of the car myself, and that wouldn't be hard to self-propel, and it would need to be custom fitted to make sure it didn't wreck my back and sacroiliac joints. I couldn't self fund, so I'd have to get it through NHS wheelchair services. A guy who worked in wheelchair assessment told me a few years back that you don't need to use a wheelchair all the time to be eligible to get one through the NHS, you just have to use it "regularly".
So, does anyone have any experience of getting referred for a wheelchair, and if so, did you get one that really worked for you? Also, does anyone have any experience of getting a lightweight wheelchair through Access to Work, if you didn't already have a regular wheelchair through the NHS?