This is because they have forgotten the fact that the primary function of a
powerchair is mobility and freedom of movement. They have tried to do their
seating thing "above all else" it seems as it's what they know. In this case they just had to use a standing
wheelchair. Great. Its huge in comparison to her. She can stand in it less than 1 percent of the time. Its size is in the
way 99 percent of the time. They should have found a standing chair HER SIZE
instead or had a standing frame at home.
She NEEDS a powerchair that is no wider
(or longer) than she is herself when seated. To
the inch! Any wider is an additional lack of mobility and a complete pain in
the butt. That's why I chose to build my
own to suit my own size and abilities.
This is a full sized (or almost) powerchair base even if sold as
a kids powerchair that is about 12 inches
wider than she is!!! Also she is hugely too high up, limiting legs under
tables and any possibility of reaching stuff she drops. Her feet should be
around 6 inches from the ground.. Here they are about 3 or 4 times that!
Its like you going shopping in a huge truck. You could do it but you would
rather take the car! Only she knows no better and has to
manoeuvre this huge long tank all day long around the home and probably school and
public toilets, shops etc. Its not just about if it will fit through xyz doors
but the EASE that it will fit through and in fact the ease of use everywhere.
And this doesn't just apply to kids. The adults powerchair that is an inch wider
than it needs to be is even more difficult in confined spaces.
The experts seem clueless
about the real daily use of a powerchair and concentrate on specialised seating and
gimmicks like tilt/recline/elevating legs/seat riser etc/
Do you know WHY it IS this
big? Because it probably has an ADULT
weight limit, which in turn means it needs big sized batteries, and more
powerful motors than this tiny occupant needs. Or because its just designed
badly or built for bigger kids. This powerchair will probably do
50 miles with ease with her in it. Its frankly ridiculous. The experts understood
non of this stuff obviously.
Ignore them and use your own
brain cells instead!
own chair for e.g. is
25.25 inches (640mm) wide complete WITH an 18 or 20 inch wide cushion and a big fat me sat
in it. That's how it should be.
The powerchair should be no wider than the
person sat in it otherwise its in the users way.
Every inch or part of an inch really does matter. If it is wider than its
occupant then its in the way of mobility freedom.
is yet another example of a kids paediatric powerchair that is seating this poor girl about 9
inches too high and massively too wide with all the manoeuvrability and access
as well as reach problems that this causes her. How can she park close to a
kitchen worktop to reach something?
Special seating is no excuse for
this! She does not need huge batteries (the reason the powerchair is built
so big to accommodate them) as she weighs almost nothing compared to what this over engineered
solution can take.
Anyway as you
can see I am mortified at what the so called "experts" with all the certificates
and training actually do to peoples mobility.
And I see the same thing every day in shopping centres, adverts, TV,
magazines and at my local hospital, regularly.
Who trains these people? Or
employs them? I certainly wouldn't.
another Paediatric Powerchair that is hugely high/wide compared to the occupant
that will fit that seat...
What are they thinking?
That he/she will grow into it? Its caster wheels are tiny. And far too far
outboard. To try and make it better indoors no doubt. Making it hugely
narrower, lower and shorter would have done all of that much more effectively!
But now its useless outdoors as well.
As usual the excuse will be that it does some tricks (standing, lowering to
floor, seat riser etc. As some "experts" will have decided that its a good idea.
And we go back to the beginning of the page again! But its really no excuse. Tricks
come second to the chairs basic abilities and need not make it bigger if correctly
But this doesn't just apply to kids wheelchairs.
They are the easiest to demonstrate this with. But for example is the chair you
are sat in wider at any point than your shoulders? If so then its TOO WIDE for
And if your head does not touch the wall first when you reverse then its too
long as well.
Even an inch matters. Just because it may just "fit" through all of your doors, does
not mean a narrower chair (or one with more "rounded corners") wouldn't be easier
and nicer to drive through that same door into your kitchen/lounge many times a
day. The bigger the space
you have to manoeuvre in, or the smaller the powerchair is, the better and easier
It gives you more
to manoeuvre everywhere. The most compact chair that you can physically fit into
that has the range, speed, and capability (outdoor?) is the one that is correct.
Try before you buy! Don't rely on salesmen, or especially physios, OTs, or
wheelchair specialists as they keep on demonstrating that they just do not "get
another extreme example sent to me by a reader. 25.5 inch wide Powerchair with a 14 inch wide slim
female user! And they actually show it in a brochure! My chair is 25.25 inches wide
too, but that's great! No point making it narrower because so am I...
Look at the picture. The casters are "wide" apart so they hit everything. And
small to try and prevent that happening. Making the chair hopeless outside in
the real world.
A much smaller chair with bigger casters would allow better outdoor and indoor