Excuse me because I’m about to have a rant.
I have been assessed by wheelchair services as needing a powerchair because I can’t self-propel but because I can walk a short way I can only have an indoor chair.
It has taken 12 months of physio to get me to the point where I can walk 25m with a rollator. This means that I can get a taxi to the doctors etc. So at age 57 I can only leave the house if I have somebody to push me or if I am going to certain single destinations.
I bought a chair from Ebay (mainly for my daughter’s wedding) but it is a pile of poo. I had convinced myself that I couldn’t drive. Yesterday I went for an assessment at the Disabled Living Foundation and tried lots of different chairs. The OT said I could probably do ballroom dancing in one!! It wasn’t me who couldn’t drive but the Ebay chair that is faulty. But I digress.
My main point is the issuing of an indoor chair by the NHS. There are no physical limitations that would prevent me using an outdoor chair it’s just the rules. I can walk a few metres but not enough to do anything meaningful. If I need to get somewhere (drs, dentists etc) I have long conversations about how far from the entrance, how far to the examining room, it’s pathetic.
My main bone of contention is the cost – the difference in price between the indoor chair that I was issued and the indoor/outdoor version is only a couple of hundred pounds but the difference it could make to my life is priceless. Grrrrrr