Wheelchair advice for my mum - recommendations

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ANNT
ANNT Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited July 2017 in Families and carers
Hi, I have signed up primarily to get advice on wheelchairs. We have a lightweight wheelchair for mum that I push. It is fine in airports and shopping centres, although perhaps she would prefer the option to self propel a little inside shops.
However we have been trying to go round gardens and along rougher paths this summer and it has been so hard. The little wheels at the front get stuck in the smallest of potholes, even on pavements. I'd love her to have an all terrain electric chair but the cost would be prohibitive and it does have to go in the car, although we do have a big boot.
So I was looking for suggestions or recommendations. I found the excel g-explorer which claims to be all terrain because it has mountain bike type tyres on the back, but it still has small front wheels, so I imagine potholes and rough ground (eg gravel at the entrance to many country car parks) would still be a problem.
This must be a very common problem?
Hope someone has some ideas.

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  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,665 Championing
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    Hi @ANNT welcome to the community!

    I have moved your post over to this category to make sure more people can see it and offer their experiences.

    I have a lightweight wheelchair, it sounds similar to yours and was ideal when I went on holiday not long after surgery but like you, we found it difficult to use as a main chair on roads/rough terrain.
  • ANNT
    ANNT Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thanks Sam. Good to know you understand. So many people must have this problem. Last time we went out we could not even get out of the gravel car park. Had to give up!
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,665 Championing
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    We tried to use ours in Goa!! It was not good!!

    I have only used a wheelchair for temporary times after numerous surgeries so I dont feel experienced enough to offer any thoughts on better choices, but Im sure there will be some other members along to help soon.
  • AlexW_Scope
    AlexW_Scope Scope Posts: 224 Empowering
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    Hi @ANNT

    If you need impartial advice on wheelchairs, you can call Disabled Living Foundation's helpline on 0300 999 0004 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm).