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    Trevorhb
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    Wheelchair service

    We were told at an early stage to apply for a wheelchair because it can take so long to get one. A very nice lady came and assessed me 3 weeks ago and ordered a chair, even though my mobility is not too bad at present.
    Today it arrived with a lovely, humorous man who explained everything about the chair to us. What good service from the Norfolk Wheelchair Service, thank you!

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    Use it to help you get a blue badge and council tax band reduction.

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    Springtime
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    HI,

    Trevor you say you were advised early on to apply for a wheelchair, my husband was diagnosed last Friday so we have no input from anyone to date. And no very little, other than what I have read on here and a few other sites. My hubbys mobility is good at the moment, but do you think I should be thinking about ordering him a wheelchair yet? or is it far to early. I have asked the OT to come and see us yesterday, but unfortunately she said we could be watiing up to 16 weeks.

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    Alig2014
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    I would ask as early as possible. Jean asked for an electric chair in January but was turned down. They brought her a manual one in March which was too small and we asked to be reassessed. Her GP/Physion amd OT tried to hurry them up and they finally came and measured her 3 weeks ago.

    OT phoned them again today and they said we have an appointment on 7th October so will have to wait. I just hope they turn up with it. She's been stuck in the house all this time and missed out on what's probably her last summer. :-(

    Alison x

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    Trevorhb
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    It was my specialist nurse who referred us to Wheelchair Services. It takes a while to get an appointment to be assessed, but once it is done they move quite fast. We were told to order one and put it in the garage, where it will be ready when you need it. Most of my referrals and ideas for treatment start from the specialist nurse's visits, they are the key for good treatment.

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    Springtime
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    Thank you Trevor and Alison, Now to the unmentionable but necessary question, did you have to pay for the wheelchair? I don't know what is means tested (hate that word) and what is given by NHS, but I suspect from what I have read so far very little is given.

    Spring x

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    pete
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    Hi spring ,
    No you don't have to pay for the wheelchair or anything supplied by the NHS ,as we all have paid for it over the years we worked prior to being told to sit on the scrap heap, unless you request an addition afterwards then it it's regarded a social addition or if it's a medical requirement then they fund it. That's the short version ,I could waffle on but hope you understand my short version

    Means tested applies to mainly benefit claims where if you have savings and income ,they take that into account when they award benefits ,the thinking behind it is they won't give benefits to someone can afford to pay for services an equipment.
    Last edited by pete; 25th September 2014 at 19:53.

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    Hi Spring;

    Pete's right, there are many things that are not means tested, including electric wheelchair's, beds, hoists, walkers, hand rails, loo risers, shower chairs and more. Try to get them early if you can as some things take a long time.

    Good luck, Terry

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    willsandco
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    I got a wheelchair provided by my OT and she arranged it in no time at all. She said if I wanted anything else, like a rollator for instance, to contact her first. I didn't pay for the wheelchair - it was provided by NHS. When I was diagnosed in Sheffield in March they got in contact with the neurological community outreach team who work out from the hospital in Lincoln. They came around on a visit and were really very helpful, hence the wheelchair. I have regular monthly visits from the community nurse and sometimes the OT comes as well. I would think that a local team would be appointed for you. If you don't hear anything, try and contact MND Connect or your local MNDA association.

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    Trevorhb
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    The others have explained it well, just add that they come every year and service it - free and if you damage it in anyway, they will repair it for free.

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