I am currently in a NHS electric wheelchair - which is due to be updated soon. I have had a demonstration of a Genie V2 standing wheelchair- which looked and felt very impressive. The cost of the wheelchair will be £10,500. Does anyone have any experience of this company and Wheelchair or maybe suggestions for alternatives
Looks amazing on the web site. If you get one please let us know what it’s like. As a man I wonder if it enables you to pee standing up when you can’t stably do it yourself (I hate having to do it sitting down as it’s difficult to get the nozzle in the right place/direction as it were).
Looking at the web site it seems to me that it’s yes for the basic model, but there are posture supports that can be added to enable weaker users to get around this. Search “genie wheelchair” in Google to get the site.
i’m pretty sure that chair also allowed people to stand who don’t have particular strong legs - when I was shown the chair - he told me of a gentleman who stayed for the first time in eight years - The genie website is very helpful - it’s worth just having a demonstration.
Any updates on using stand-up chairs? Just got an advert for v2 with MS magazine - looks impressive but don’t know if it would suit as I can’t weight bear. don’t suppose would be available on NHS either!
Do you mean a percher chair? Used by sitting on the seat but with feet flat on the floor so you’re supporting your weight on the seat but steadying with your feet from a “perching” position. I bought one for myself. It means I can “sit” at the kitchen table and chop veg, etc. I would be able to do an awful lot less without it.
These should be available from your local authority friendly OT. Perhaps it would be better to try before you buy rather than make an expensive mistake.
We are the manufacturers of the Genie, you don’t have to be able to weight bare to be able to stand up in the genie and have all types of posture supports in order for you to be comfortable and maintain and upright position. Also, we do receive voucher contributions from the NHS and other healthcare companies such as Millbrook. We give free home demonstrations to anybody that would like to try the chair or alternatively give us a ring and we can answer any questions you may have about the Genie.
Me too. Waiting for a reassessment by wheelchair services following a physio referral for an electric chair. (Not the kind that kills you just now!) And I’d like to know what the electric wheelchairs provided by the NHS are like as well.
"The wheelchair service is now 20 years old, and users have found a number of challenges in using the scheme, notably a lack of information around maintenance and repair services, and a limited number of suppliers where a wheelchair voucher can be used against a chair.
The NHS England Five-Year Forward View includes a new Personal Wheelchair Budget which will replace the current voucher scheme. This should offer more options about where the wheelchair can be bought, and will include a detailed care plan to help the decision-making process. The plan will look at future servicing, repair and replacement needs, as well as the initial purchasing.
The personal wheelchair budget represents an important step towards integrating wheelchair provision into an individual’s wider care, ensuring a more joined-up approach. Statistically, it will also help NHS England to keep meaningful data about wheelchair provision, which should improve services, and iron out variations across the country."
More on this news:
“The aim is to roll out “personal wheelchair budgets” nationally from April 2017, to cover everyone who accesses the current wheelchair voucher scheme. This includes those with both low level and complex wheelchair requirements.”
Getting a decent electric wheelchair on the NHS is down to the postcode lottery. If your OT or neuro writes to the wheelchair service saying you have a ‘clinical need’ for a certain type of chair then, although the service may still refuse, saying they only supply x to all the service users who need an electric chair, you then take your case to PALS to fight it out, and a fight it may well be and you need resolve and support to do it.
I took my case to PALS and I won and got back the money I had contributed to get an elevated footplate on my salsa power-chair.
If you take the voucher then its likely that you pick up the tab for all the service and repairs.
I once met a barister who got a standing wheelchair through Access to work because he wanted a level playing field as it were, in court.