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Wheelchair Options

Hi, I’m 51 years old and have several health conditions, fibromyalgia, CFS, Chronic back pain and nerve damage in my back, I also have mental health problems, BPD, PTSD, and social anxiety. I am currently housebound, as my pain is so severe that my mobility is really limited, standing and/or walking causes severe pain. My GP recently tried me on Tramadol, but they didn’t help with the pain, and she has now said that I’m at the end of the Road as far as painkillers are concerned, so we’ve now discussed me getting a wheelchair, and I’m now waiting for a OT assessment for that and adjustments to my home, to make life easier. My question is, that I’m overweight, all of my mental health medications cause weight gain, so I think I will need a wider wheelchair, I am also unable to propel it myself, due to problems with my shoulder and arm, but I’ve read that the NHS will only provide a manual wheelchair if your able to walk even a little bit, and if you only need it for outdoor use, I live in a tiny bungalow, and wouldn’t have room for a wheelchair inside, I just have perching stools in the rooms I use and move from seat to seat. So what my options be with regards to getting a powered chair, if I can’t afford to buy one ?

thank you. 


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,043 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there and welcome 

    Ot will suggest the most appropriate solutions but wheelchair comes under wheelchair services 

    You are right there are very strict rules for power chair through NHS 

    Also a power chair will still be nearly as wide as a manual chair 

    You can lease chairs from mobility shops or if you get enhanced pip mobility you can get one on motability 

    If you don't want the NHS option they should give you a voucher to put towards the cost of purchasing yourself 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,733 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @skirton and welcome to the community! You can receive a powered wheelchair via NHS Wheelchair services, as this is how I'm obtaining my new powerchair. Have they spoken to you and a Disabled Facilities Grant? This is a grant that can help towards adapting some areas of you home, for example having a wet room fitted, etc?
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • skirtonskirton Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hello, thanks for the replies, I could have sworn I had already replied to you, but it isn’t showing, but anyway, thank you. 
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