Yesterday we went to collect a new Rea Azalea wheelchair for my husband which is quite a lot more comfortable for him and is reclinable has lumber support, brakes, all in all a great step up from his last wheelchair and something that he is now in need of.
Great, but niggling me at the back of my mind, was the weight of the thing compared to his last wheelchair.
The only thing was that when we arrived home, I couldn't push the new wheelchair up the slope at the front of my house! I took all the removable parts off and still couldn't manage......the only neighbour home was my friend across the way who is 89 years old and he could see that I was upset and in a bit of a predicament ,anyway he was able, luckily to help me push my husband up the slope.
I was so upset....The first time that I have cried for ages, everything was fine until then and now what?
I am investigating the idea of a powerpack for the wheelchair and maybe to get some rails fitted on the sides of our ramp for extra safety.
The powerpack is going to cost nearly £1000 and hopefully the social services will fit some rails but I wondered if anyone had bought a powerpack for a wheelchair and how you were finding it!
I didn't want to pay all that money and find that it wasn't going to be the thing to help with the weight of the wheelchair and the slope.
Luckily also, I have an older smaller wheelchair, which I bought ages ago and have used only indoors...a bit battered now........but I can use for now ,until my problem is solved.
I am feeling a tiny bit better today and as my neighbour who helped me said, ''there is always a solution!'