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  • Seasha
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    Thanks, rich, for the input! I see that a RoHo seat would be important for comfort!

    Right now I'm looking at a The LiteRider Envy that breaks down to fit in the car. It's not as expensive as some others either.

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  • richjh101
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    Being a stubborn Irishman I pushed myself way beyond the time when I should have used a power chair. I fell so much that the paramedics knew me on a first name basis. By waiting so long I was also causing problems with the alignment of my spine. Muscles and my disks suffered. By the time I received my custom fit Rye back it took months of adjustments to finally get my back straight. I have been using my Rye back a RoHo seat for years now and I am very happy with that combination.

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  • kmallory1
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    Before I took the plunge with Medicare and the big chair, I used a Drive Go Chair, which fit in my SUV using a hoist installed in the cargo area. It’s good as long as you transfer to a chair for prolonged sitting.

    Medicare allows one power chair every 5-7 years, so think ahead about what features you might need over those years. I am fortunate to live near the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and was able to take advantage of their wheelchair seating clinic. The PT told me to stop using my mobility as an exercise program. (Ouch)

    Because my MS is progressing, a “rehab chair” is what I got. It’s a Quantum Edge Q6 that reclines, tilts, elevates, and has power leg rests. Medicare paid 80% of medically necessary features. ( not the elevating or legs). It weighs 560 lbs and requires a ramp van.

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  • Seasha
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    Thanks for your imput, Kimba. I will check out those helpful links for sure!

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  • Kimba22
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    Definitely sounds like it's time, Seasha. Once you finally get one, you'll wonder why you waited so long!

    My MS Specialist sent me for evaluation before I had even thought about it. My first powerchair was a Pride Jazzy model recommended by the DME supplier. I was able to try it out when I in for my appointment.

    It had midwheel drive and "turned on a dime." It also had a captain's chair. I was very happy with it. (The seat also came off the base, so we could travel with it. But it was heavy, so good thing my husband could lift it. I was sad it was discontinued when mine finally died.)

    Hopefully the following links will also help answer your questions.

    https://www.retirementliving.com/wil...ric-wheelchair

    https://www.pridemobility.com/medica...heelchairs.asp

    They will also try to "look ahead" for one that will meet your needs for the next five years, because that's when you'll be eligible for a new one.

    https://www.medicareinteractive.org/...is%20worn,you% 20began%20using%20the%20equipment.

    Here's a link for different Jazzy models ~
    https://www.pridemobility.com/jazzy-...%20Power%20Cha ir,Chair%20to%20suit%20anyone's%20needs.

    Good luck!

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  • Seasha
    started a topic Thinking of buying a power wheelchair

    Thinking of buying a power wheelchair

    It has come to the time in my MS journey that I think a power wheelchair is in my near future. My first thoughts are that I'm "throwing in the towel" in that I don't like that fact that it's come to this point, but I'm trying to convince myself that it's in my best interest.

    I've been having a really hard time walking with my rollator walker, not to mention falling too many times inside my home using it. It's become a safety issue as well as an energy saver. Yet, I still struggle with this huge decision.

    For those who use a power chair, what kind/brand do you recommend and why?
    What features do you look for and what to avoid.
    And what about the cost? I heard that Medicare will cover part of the cost, but how does that work?

    Thanks for any input, thoughts and recommendations!
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