The Process of Getting a New Wheelchair
In this post, Jeff shares his experience of getting a new wheelchair. Pam then shares her thoughts on the process as the Occupational Therapist who worked with Jeff to get the new wheelchair to conform to him and his needs.
Part I: Jeff
Having been a power wheelchair user for over 35 years, I’ve gotten used to the process of transitioning from one chair to the next. As I am an active user and have good health insurance, I’ve been lucky to get a new chair every 5 years. This is ideal for me as breakdowns start to occur at the 5 year point and repair expenses start to grow.
Last summer I began the process of applying for funding for my new wheelchair. My first piece of advice is to work with a seating clinic at your local rehab centre, if you have one. If not, work with an Occupational Therapist who is familiar with prescribing wheelchairs. Not only will they do all the work in collecting quotations and submitting funding requests to insurance companies, government funders or non profits, they are also familiar with a variety of options for wheelchairs and will ensure that your health/independence/day to day functioning are maintained or improved during the process.