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Advice about swapping my wheelchair

joolz3991 Member Posts: 2 Listener
I am looking for advice. I am 2yrs into a 3yr hire contract on a wheelchair. When i hired it i was 10stone larger than i am now and weighed 23stone. I therefore had to have a bariatric chair. I can nolonger use the chair as i have shrunk from a size 26 to a 14. I rattle around in the chair. I currently pay £170 a month hire. I have requested that the hire company fit a new seat to suit me. They want to charge me £750 as a one off surplus charge. I don't have that. So i have a chair i can not use. They have refused to release me from my agreement or swop my chair for a suitable one. I am at my witts end. Is there anything i can do that does not saddle me with extra large expenses. Just for clarity i have to be supported in the chair as i have fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative spinal disease, ibs, chronic migraine and skin issues (lichen sclerosus.) HELP!! Thanks


  • cjacs
    cjacs Member Posts: 6 Listener
    edited May 2019
    Im not qualified at all so I'm probably not going to be much help. I do know someone who had their car changed due to it not being appropriate for him. He is a larger man and found that the car he originally opted for caused him discomfort and managed to get them to agree to being allowed to choose a different car. 
    I can't say I know anyone with a wheelchair but perhaps that's something someone else on here can help you with. 
    I hope you get it resolved. 
  • joolz3991
    joolz3991 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you for taking time to write. I went with the same principal when i asked them, as you example. However to date they refuse to help me without it costing me a small fortune. 
  • cjacs
    cjacs Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Have you looked into seeing if a local charity will help with the funding?
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,555 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @joolz3991 and a very warm welcome to the community! I'm sorry to hear the chair is no longer suitable, this must be infuriating! Have you looked at getting a chair through the NHS? I'll move your post to the equiptment section of the forum and I hope you get some other suggestions :)

  • fab66
    fab66 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Is this a private contract or Mobility.
    if it’s Mobility then get doctors letter stating the stress, damage being done by this wheelchair, not the cost because you knew that before purchasing.  
    But private contract then check the terms and conditions.
    Good Luck