Hi, this is a subject close to my heart.
I have been a full time wheelie person for around 7/8 years now. Before that I was a part-timer for a few years.
As you have already decided it`s time to go for wheels, you are over what can be a really upsetting and soul searching time. I`m glad you are on this side of that time.
using a wheelie does make a big difference to your view of life!
believe it or not, I have bought (self funded) 3 electric chairs, 2 self propel and 1 attendeant pushed. Yeh, quite a chunk of dosh!
If you are able to self propel, then that`s great. It will use some energy and keep the `bingo wings` down!
Yes, you could ask for a referral to Wheelchair Services, but there is a waiting list and if your needs are more urgent, then buying a cheap-ish chair ain`t a bad idea.
But I do recommend being assessed............I didn`t initially and hurt myself, which ended up needing a lot of replair time! (me..not the chair).
Right, £80 isn`t much to pay and that may not necessarily be a bad thing. My current self prople was £135 from an expensive dealer. I have seen them quite a bit less...but still good.I use it rarely, when visiting family where no-one can lefit me into the houses whilst I`m in my leccy chair!
Hope things go well for you...and remember;
have wheels will travel!
Enjoy! If you want to ask me anything else, please do.