Have you looked closely at wheelchairs recently? I'm familiar with the standard manual wheelchairs with the large wheels, but today there are a wide range of wheelchairs, including motorized electric chairs with a variety of amazing features!
We anticipate that I will be in a wheelchair the resr of my life, so it's important to get a good one. We also want to maximize my tindependence, so a motorized chair is appealing. Luckily for us, the Ontario government heavily subsidizes the purchase of wheelchairs. Yesterday we went to get measured up.
We've chosen a motorized wheelchair, with a large tilt mechanism, so I can tilt back and go to sleep - very helpful to avoid skin sores and muscle atrophy. You can tilt almost horizontal!
But that's not all! This wheelchair has a lift mechanism that will raise the eat platform by about 18" so I cen be eye-to-eye with someone else. It uses small scissor jacks under the seat to do this, and it will even work while you are moving. You can guess what we decided on. I look forward to still being able to get dishes out of the kitchen cupboards. I am NOT just going to be a helpless invalid!
Of course there is a price tag for all this, would you believe about $25,000! Not even a good sewing machine costs that much, though some come close. With the subsidy and health insurance, we'll only pay a few thousand - still a lot, but I'm going to live in this chair 12 hours a day for the rest of my life.
One thing I realized as we've gone through this process is that we will never be able to visit friends or stores again if they have steps or a curb leading up to their front door, a serious limitationof a wheelchair life. Haven't solved that one yetbut I think I'm about to become a advocate for wheelchair accessibility!