A New Wheelchair

The Waiting Game

*Update* As you may (or may not) know, I am in need of a new powered wheelchair since my ageing Quantum 600 is rapidly falling to pieces (slight problem!) and no longer meets my needs.

The very long process of acquiring a new wheelchair began several months ago. I previously wrote two blog posts outlining my situation, requirements and the plan of action:

Part 1: My Search for a New Wheelchair

Part 2: Wheelchair Services

I received a NHS voucher from wheelchair services at a value of £1700. I’ll be honest, I was amazed to receive this much from them as I was expecting no more than a few hundred quid (if that), based on previous experiences.

£1700 is a lot of money for which I am grateful, but it’s only a fraction towards the cost of the Sunrise YOU-Q Luca wheelchair I now need. Even with basic seating, I have been quoted in excess of £7,000.

I applied to the Joseph Patrick Trust for a grant to help out – this could be (here’s hoping!) as much as £2,500. They are holding a review panel on 1st August and I will be notified of their decision within the next ten days.

So this is currently the stage I’m at in this looooong, slooooow process. There’s nothing more I can do until the JPT have held their review in August. The waiting continues…

You never know, I might get my new chair in time for Christmas! (Don’t mention Christmas. Yes, I know, I know – sorry folks).


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