Old 11-28-2011, 09:30 AM #1 (permalink)
New Member (Say Hi)
 
Join Date: 2011
City: Homosassa
State: FL
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 5
RachelErik is on a distinguished road
RachelErik RachelErik is offline
New Member (Say Hi)
Join Date: 2011
City: Homosassa
State: FL
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 5
RachelErik is on a distinguished road
Arrow Wheelchair advice

Hi. It has been since May that I have been on here due to my partner Erik retiring from a dream job in Hawaii in June. We moved back to Florida to be close to family and friends, and we are finally settled in a location that Erik is very comfortable with and we are enjoying every single day as much as we possibly can.

Erik has been approved for an electric wheelchair, however he does not want to spend the extra for a seat elevator. His legs are failing him pretty fast and hands some. I'm concerned that his shoulders will be next making it very hard for get out of the chair by himself. I would appreciate any advice for him to make a good decision. Thank you.
Rachel
RachelErik is offline  
Old 12-06-2011, 09:33 AM #2 (permalink)
Josall's Avatar
New Member
 
Join Date: 2010
City: NORMAN
State: OKLAHOMA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2007
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 33
Josall is on a distinguished road
Josall Josall is offline
New Member
Josall's Avatar
Join Date: 2010
City: NORMAN
State: OKLAHOMA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2007
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 33
Josall is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

I have a Permobil c-300 and I always need to be tilted for upper body and neck support and I can't use the elevator when the chair is tilted for stability reasons (maybe this can be programed differently I never asked). I would use some if I could but not necessary. I didn't pay extra for the elevator.
Josall is offline  
Old 12-06-2011, 10:15 AM #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: 2008
City: Jersey
State: Northeast
Country: US
Diagnosed: 01/2008
Interest: I am a family member of someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 103
KKay is on a distinguished road
KKay KKay is offline
Member
Join Date: 2008
City: Jersey
State: Northeast
Country: US
Diagnosed: 01/2008
Interest: I am a family member of someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 103
KKay is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

We also have a Permobil for my husband with the elevator. We have used it everyday for transfers. We now need a lift for chair to bed transfers, but still rely on it for bathroom transfers. He likes to use it when speaking to people, in crowds or to get a better view of something. It has been helpful and a nice convenience for him and me. But not essential.
KKay is offline  
Old 12-06-2011, 10:19 AM #4 (permalink)
momap53's Avatar
Very Helpful Member
 
Join Date: 2011
City: EGA
State: GA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 05/2011
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 1,644
momap53 is on a distinguished road
momap53 momap53 is offline
Very Helpful Member
momap53's Avatar
Join Date: 2011
City: EGA
State: GA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 05/2011
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 1,644
momap53 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

I regret not getting the elevate feature.
momap53 is offline  
Old 12-06-2011, 10:41 AM #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: 2009
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Country: US
Diagnosed: 08/2009
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 408
BrianD is on a distinguished road
BrianD BrianD is offline
Member
Join Date: 2009
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Country: US
Diagnosed: 08/2009
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 408
BrianD is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

I echo what KKay says.
We use it all the time for transfers. That has made a huge difference in getting out of the chair.
It has been very convenient in certain circumstances to raise up to get closer to eye level with people, or see better in a crowd. But not absolutely essential.

Brian
BrianD is offline  
Old 12-09-2011, 05:21 AM #6 (permalink)
lgelb's Avatar
Extremely Helpful Member

Forum Moderator
 
Join Date: 2009
City: Seattle
State: WA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 09/2009
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 6,308
lgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond repute
♥ lgelb lgelb is offline
Extremely Helpful Member

Forum Moderator

lgelb's Avatar
Join Date: 2009
City: Seattle
State: WA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 09/2009
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 6,308
lgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond reputelgelb has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

I would spend the money unless you can't. And sometimes you can get elevation covered by ins. on grounds that you are preventing falls/delaying the need for a lift. Make your DME list everything when filing the claim, include the justification and appeal any denial. If you have a case manager, that will help.

You may be surprised how much use you get for transfers even with weak legs by helping him to rise and it will be helpful after that for matching table/desk/screen height. We use it every day. Oh, and Permobils can definitely be programmed to use all power features (footrests, tilt, recline, elevation) at the same time, though speed may be slowed as a safety feature when chair is not fully low/upright.
lgelb is offline  
Old 12-09-2011, 06:19 PM #7 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: 2009
City: Lowell
State: MI
Country: US
Diagnosed: 10/2005
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 64
penny1 is on a distinguished road
penny1 penny1 is offline
New Member
Join Date: 2009
City: Lowell
State: MI
Country: US
Diagnosed: 10/2005
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 64
penny1 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

Check with the MDA they paid for the elevate feature on my husband chair in 2006, we used it all the time for transfers to bed, chairs, the passenger seat of our van, until his trunk and arm weakness made transfers very scary.

penny1
penny1 is offline  
Old 12-18-2011, 10:26 AM #8 (permalink)
New Member (Say Hi)
 
Join Date: 2011
City: Homosassa
State: FL
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 5
RachelErik is on a distinguished road
RachelErik RachelErik is offline
New Member (Say Hi)
Join Date: 2011
City: Homosassa
State: FL
Country: US
Diagnosed: 12/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 5
RachelErik is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Wheelchair advice

Thank you all for your answers. We got the chair without the elevator. He loves his chair, its a Quantum Q6. Hope we are not disappointed at a later time when I/he will wish he had it.
RachelErik is offline  
Closed Thread

Tags
elevator


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
wheelchair down davbo49 Other 28 01-07-2015 02:15 PM
All day in a wheelchair stumble People With ALS - "PALS" 7 09-22-2014 10:44 PM
More travel advice...lightweight wheelchair? azgirl People With ALS - "PALS" 9 06-08-2014 10:02 PM
What wheelchair should i buy? AustinMJ Tips, Tricks, and Gadgets 13 01-17-2014 11:20 PM
Electric Wheelchair advice please! skipper66 General Discussion About ALS/MND 7 01-08-2013 06:23 PM
Need Advice - Reclining Wheelchair with Vent Tray redboxcar Current Caregivers (CALS) 6 02-15-2011 12:10 PM
Wheelchair Tip GlenBrittle Tips, Tricks, and Gadgets 7 11-19-2009 12:08 AM
wheelchair advice, please ronney525 General Discussion About ALS/MND 1 07-10-2006 11:00 PM
100% wheelchair, now what? T802177 Current Caregivers (CALS) 2 06-04-2006 11:29 AM
Wheelchair advice People With ALS - "PALS" 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:57 AM.

 

Who we are

"We are a volunteer-driven online community that originated in 2003. We are a resource for anyone affected by ALS and MND. We are a community of like-minded and compassionate individuals. Together we are the ALS Forum and together we build this online resource and online community."

 

Want to help?

Have you found our website helpful? Do you enjoy having a place to talk to people that are knowledgeable about ALS and MND? If you have found it helpful to chat with people at different stages of the ALS/MND journey we encourage you to get involved.

Copyright © 2016