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    I passed my assessment last week. Been out a couple of times. Don't feel so secure as in my scooter but sure I'll get used to it. The fact we've all been dealt a rubbish hand I'm so thankful for technology. Definitely makes life easier!!

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    Hi Pink;

    It's not so easy to keep in straight lines so be careful near curbs and slopes, especially on bumpy paths etc.

    Wheelchairs are a lot better in shops so get shopping.

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    Yes Terry. We went shopping today and it's was definitely easier manoevering than the scooter.

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    Hi
    I'm getting a Salsa Mini wheelchair in a few weeks . Had my assessment and tried it out ,she was very good and when I told her I have a back and hip problem ,she has ordered an appropriate cushion for seat and back rest with head support. What I want to know is that when I'm in wheelchair permanently will I be able to reach the kitchen worktops ? It doesn't have a raising unit on it but she mentioned briefly that it can be added at a cost . I am just wondering if this can be added at a later date or is it best now while it is been made at manufactures ?
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    Hi Chris;

    It could be added later but the cost would probably be considerably more, even double. Because they would have to come out and fit a ram, alter the chair and route electrics and reprogram the controller.

    Love Terry
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    Hi Chris,

    I think it is best to order the seat rise function now, i.e. at initial order stage. I don't know if it can be retro-fitted and, even if it can, it'd mean being without the chair for a while when it is back with the manufacturer.

    One Forum member was lucky enough to get her chair come with that function and hadn't specifically ordered it! But that's not the norm.

    Love Ellie.
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    Thanks Terry and Ellie I hope it's not too late ,I will ring up after Easter holidays and speak to them . I went for assessment two weeks ago and she said she would put the order in that week so the manufacturer hasn't had the order that long !
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    Love Chris

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    Could someone please tell me if a powerchair can be used in the rain ? We are going away for a few days soon and I don't want to get caught in the unlikely event that will get a shower, the weather can't stay like we have had much longer surely !!

    I bought a cape that covers you as well as the wheelchair and I couldn't stand it , because I suffer from claustrophobia , and I felt too closed in.

    Love Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    If your chair is an indoor-outdoor chair (the vast majority are), it's designed to cope with rain & puddles.

    Obviously don't go 'paddling' in the sea, but rain is fine. Keep the joystick as dry as possible in case your hand should slip and dry off the chair when indoors.

    Above all, enjoy your holiday!!

    Love Ellie.
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    Hi Ellie

    Thanks for your reply. I thought about putting a plastic bag over the control panel , will try it and see.

    I promise I won't go paddling in the sea in it , I would think twice about it if I could walk !!

    Looking forward to a break it's only for 5 days , so we will see how it goes. It will certainly be different with all the equipment we have to take ! Haven't been away since I've had MND

    Love Chris

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