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eayneish
eayneish Community member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi all, my son 

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  • eayneish
    eayneish Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi all, my son (19 yr Old) has Down Syndrome and has to use a wheelchair as he has issues with hi
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Championing
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    Hello @eayneish

    Welcome to the community :) I am sorry your posts have gotten caught up in our spam filter! How can we help? 
    Hannah - She / Her

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  • eayneish
    eayneish Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi Hannah
    My son has a wheelchair that we bought for him. He has Down Syndrome and a displaced hip. We have been trying to get him an electric wheelchair as he's getting bigger and we're not getting younger.  He's been turned down for one as "he doesn't need one inside the family home"??  This makes no sense to me at all.  Can anyone help?
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Championing
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    Hello @eayneish

    Can I ask, who was it that said he didn't need one? Their GP / Medical team or did they have a needs assessment? If they haven't had a needs assessment, I'd encourage you to have a look at that option. They can help from adaptations to equipment. 

    Scope also has an information page on How to get a wheelchair that you may find helpful to read :) 
    Hannah - She / Her

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  • eayneish
    eayneish Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi Hannah,
    I'm not sure who exactly said this as his mum and I do not live together and she has been trying to deal with it without any success. It has been mentioned that our local OT dept has been involved so I will check. The links to "how to get a wheelchair" are very useful and I need to find out if he's has the formal assessment done or not.  Will post more when I know.
    Thanks 
  • eayneish
    eayneish Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi all an update of sorts. Having spoken with my son's mum it seems the comment on him not being eligible for an electric wheelchair was made by MK occupational therapy. He has not had nor been offered a wheelchair assessment. I have urged my ex to push for this but is there a formal route? Also, considering the situation I wonder if any members can offer advice on affordable chairs with the facility to have the controls mounted to the rear of the chair? If I have to I will save the money from my PIP.
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