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Carers UK Forum • Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack
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Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:20 pm
by Poppet
Hi all,

We're looking in to getting a wheelchair ... currently have a manual self propelled wheelchair which caree cannot self propel so we push and it's very heavy so much so we're having to have physio and casts! Just wondering if anyone could tell me the differences / pros and cons of having an electric wheelchair versus having a manual chair with a powered add on.

Any advise gratefully received

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:32 pm
by daylily
Hi,
Manual wheelchair with powerpack will be more versatile as the engine can be taken off and the wheelchair collapsed for transporting in the car for days out.
The electric wheelchair might be too restricting although will be more independant for the user.
A mobility scooter could be better than both of these as you can get smaller ones that dismantle for taking in the car. They make some really smart ones now, also fairly new on the market is a WeeGo mobility scooter.(Hope I haven't upset the mods with this, not intentional).
Your best bet is to browse the internet then go to a mobility shop and try all 3 out.
We have just bought an engine for the wheelchair but our case is slightly different as hubby cannot drive due to sight loss.

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:41 pm
by Poppet
I heard somewhere that manual chairs with powerpacks are mainly for occassional powered use and electric wheelchairs are for more frequent / always power use. Do you know if this is right?

What do you use when hubby has visual problems out of interest?

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:56 pm
by Myrtle
I heard somewhere that manual chairs with powerpacks are mainly for occassional powered use and electric wheelchairs are for more frequent / always power use. Do you know if this is right?

What do you use when hubby has visual problems out of interest?
Yes that is right. We have a manual wheelchair as oh cannot use the controls for an electric one, so for round the house and garden I don't put the pack on as it makes it heavier and it's not so manouverable in a confined space, but I do for going out as it does all the work Image

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:01 pm
by daylily
Hi Poppet,
We have just got a powerpack for hubby's manual wheelchair. He's 18 + stone and I've just had a hip replacement so he was worried about me pushing him.

He has JUST come to terms with the fact that he cannot have a scooter or electric wheelchair due to his sight loss, this 5and1/2 years after his stroke.
His understanding of his problems is limited as he has developed vascular dementia after the stroke and thinks he can do things he cannot do. He mithered for years for a scooter, I just kept saying we couldn't afford one.

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:07 pm
by Poppet
Could a dual controlled electric wheelchair be an option?

Caree is tall and of large build so even pushing him around the house is back breaking work (for us) ... we're just trying to work out which would be better. Caree has visual probs too however he's pretty careful and is always accompanied. Just trying to get as much info as possible. Can't believe these wheelchairs are so blooming expensive. Image

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:35 pm
by Myrtle
Get a referral Poppet for the wheelchair, from the doc or the OT. That way you get what is best for your oh and you don't have to buy it. Especially if needs change and you have to replace it.

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:44 pm
by Poppet
Yea, we are trying that route at the moment. Easier said than done ... they seem to have certain criteria and I think it's a bit of a postcode lottery about what chairs are issued where, especially when cases are complex.

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:30 pm
by Poppet
The problem I've discovered is that whilst the powerpack powers you still have to steer ... and that in itself it a pain. Electric wheelchairs take the effort out of steering as well with the control.

Re: Electric wheelchair vs manual with powerpack

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:03 pm
by Myrtle
The problem I've discovered is that whilst the powerpack powers you still have to steer ... and that in itself it a pain. Electric wheelchairs take the effort out of steering as well with the control.
True, but then you get me and mine. He physically cannot steer and I still haven't managed to pass the test Image Image Image Image