Over the last year or so, unfortunately I’ve had to spend more and more time in the wheelchair. Last year my local OT department provided me with a wheelchair which was great, but it was so heavy I couldn’t lift into the car myself.
After much googling, I bought an Enigma lightweight (13kg) self-propelled chair which I can get in and out of the car myself.
In February, after a physio session I was referred to wheelchair services who said the Enigma chair wasn’t the best for me now I was spending more and more time in Chair. They tried me on a few chairs which were great to use, “active chairs”, much better at manoeuvring and very easy to self-propel. I got my new chair yesterday, it’s a Kuschall Champion.
Unfortunately, it also has a couple of disadvantages. Although the new chair is slightly lighter than the Enigma, so far I haven’t found a way to lift into the car by myself. I’ll persevere but it is important for me to be able to do this myself to maintain independence. Secondly, there is a single foot plate and I’m finding great difficulty in getting in and out of the chair. The Enigma has two separate footplates which can be moved to the side which means you can stand right in front of the chair making easier to get in and out of.
The Kuschall chair is very high-tech and looks to be engineered to the hilt. I could be wrong but I don’t think though they included disabled people or carers in the race design team.
Does anyone use a collapsible lightweight chair that it also an everyday use chair or an active chair that has 2 separate footplates? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences.