Power wheelchair for MS: How to choose?

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My dads MS has gotten to the point where he's not going to be able to manage a walker anymore. He doesn't have the arm strength to use a manual wheelchair so I'm thinking about getting him an electric one. I'm not sure where to start with it. Is there a good brand or model for people with MS?

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Power wheelchair for MS: How to choose?

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Hi @BabasHelper‍, thank you for opening this discussion and for sharing what you've been going through with your dad.  Let me tag some other members who can possibly share with you.

Hi everyone, how are you doing? emoticon cute

For those of you who use mobility aids, can you share your experience? When did you decide to start using a wheelchair or other mobility aid? How did you go about aquiring one? Is there a particular brand or model that you like?
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Feel free to share with us here, your insights are so important!

Take care,
Courtney

Power wheelchair for MS: How to choose?


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I've had a electric wheelchair for 20 yrs.and I'm on my second chair and now my new neurologist has set me up for a thorough OT/PT evaluation for a new custom fit electric wheelchair. Talk to his doctor for a OT/PT evaluation for wheelchair.

Power wheelchair for MS: How to choose?


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Hello @Babbashelper, I had researched this topic in the past. I wanted to acquire a powered wheelchair for travel, but could not find one that would go in excess of 20 mph, which is difficult when you're on vacation. Currently, I would still like to have one with a faster speed to run errands, if one exists.

Meanwhile, I wish you the best of luck in your research for your father.

Happy holidays to all!

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@BabasHelper I second what @MyMS55‍ said, ask your dad's doctor for a referral for an eval.

Has anyone tried one of those standing wheelchairs that can go from sitting to standing? I would love something like that to help support me while cooking...

Power wheelchair for MS: How to choose?


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I also have a tall Walker I use all the time. I'm going next month for a full PT/OT Evaluation at Swedish Neuroscience clinic in December 23.

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