Large 6 wheel power chair with a dual motor drive on the centre wheels. Stylish shroud around motor and wheels which come in a range of colours and you can change the colour of the inserts on the wheels too.
Battery Life: I haven’t pushed my chair anywhere near it’s limit, as I plug it in each time I’ve been outside the house. But the advertised range is up to 31km.
Source of Wheelchair: NHS Wheelchair Services
Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia & EDS
This chair was supplied for me from NHS wheelchair services. It has lots of options regarding seating and postural support and is comparable with lots of other seating systems. I have a Jay Ion memory foam molded cushion as a seat and the standard molded back support which provides some lateral support. I have a headrest that is fully adjustable including the two side parts so they can be adjusted to cradle my head as much as required.
I was slightly limited in leg-rest choice by my height as the centre footplate option wasn’t available at a long enough length however I have separate footrests with calf supports which raise on a ratchet system (meaning I can move them upwards just by raising my legs) and they have a quick release lever to drop them down again at the top of each leg rest. I also have the tilt-In-space function meaning my chair maintains the same postural arrangement but tilts backward so that I am more fully supported and I am able to drive it in a reclined position. I find the combination of the tilt in space and the adjustable leg-rests make this a very versatile chair which is comfortable outside the house and when in use to rest in.
With regards to traveling, it is a tall and a long chair that limits your choices regarding WAVs but there is a Caddy Maxi Life conversion available which is the smallest vehicle compatible with the chair available on Motability. I haven’t yet been on a bus or a train with this chair but because it’s quite long I imagine it may be tricky if the bus or train were busy.
Equally the chair is extremely maneuverable due to its mid-wheel drive meaning it can turn in its own length. The SureStep technology built into this chair combined with its suspension means it handles kerb of up to 2 or 3 inches with relative ease and the wheels adjust to keep you as level as possible when driving over uneven surfaces.