My Wheelchair Services only provide horrible huge powered chairs (I hesitate to call them ‘power’ chair’s, they don’t seem to have much power). And then only if you need to use a power chair both indoors and out, ie can’t use a manual chair inside the house, because of weak arms or for some other reason. Their powered chairs would be a total nuisance to have in my house/bungalow, it’s not that small, but just getting anywhere near the loo/sink in the bathroom would be a challenge and manoeuvring round the house would be horrible. The paintwork already gets enough rough treatment from my manual chair!
So when I was assessed for a power chair, I decided not to bother. My husband doesn’t mind pushing me, although my arms are constantly hurting, I can still use a manual chair indoors.
The other thing about a monster of a power chair is that I’d (husband would) need to be able to get it in the car, so it would have to be light enough for that.
I wish Wheelchair Services did more to help when opting to buy a chair. To my mind, if their offerings won’t suit a person, they could be doing a decent job of helping a person to buy a chair that suits their needs and won’t get them ripped off by pushy sales people.
(They used to do a ‘voucher’ scheme, whereby if they couldn’t provide what an individual wanted/needed, they’d give the value of what they could provide towards the chair of their choice. It’s worth contacting your Wheelchair Services to see what they’ll offer, and whether they do a voucher scheme if what they’ll give you won’t do.)