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    Lightweight crash tested wheelchair

    I wonder if you could tell me if a Lightweight crash tested wheelchair is suitable to use for my husband when we go to Hospital appointments and for occasional use? Thank you

    I am not in a wheelchair quite yet, although I am awaiting its' arrival and looking for a vehicle I can fit it into.
    This does raise a few questions - my understanding of "crash tested" is those wheelchairs robust enough to be used as seats when they are strapped down inside vehicles, and some lightweight chairs are not up to this (I know my scooter isn't).
    Can he transfer from the wheelchair into a normal car seat?
    Or are you planning on him riding in the wheelchair while in the vehicle?
    Are you looking to put the chair in the boot while you drive, then get it out and transfer him back into it at the destination? In which case, being "crash tested" isn't really an issue.
    These are just my musings based on no practical experience (yet), so I hope that the more-experienced folks on here can give you the information you need.
    Hi, I'm Eddie.
    Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
    Full time powerchair user. Overnight NIV. PEG'ed but still eating. Voice banked but still talking.
    Still wondering what the future will bring.


      Hi Eddie sadly my husband has no balance and his legs are extremely stiff which makes him so nervous about trying to get into a car seat and out again. I just don't think he has the strength in his upper body either to be able to assist me in getting him in and out of the car. We would use the wheelchair for him to travel in with the Patient Transport Service. I have contacted the Occupational Therapist who came to see us at home to ask her advice on the wheelchair I have seen. I will update if I find the answer I am looking for.

      All the best to you. Take Care.



        My husband was provided with a lightweight manual wheelchair by wheelchair services and they ordered him a power wheelchair at the same time.

        The manual chair was great for hospital visits etc as you describe and worked really well whilst we could still transfer in and out of the car.

        It also worked in the WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle) to an extent, albeit a bit bumpy due to lacking integrated suspension etc.

        The power chair came along in August - you do need a WAV then due to the weight of the chair etc.

        We have "kept" the manual chair as a spare for in case the power chair is out of action.

        Both provided by NHS
        Carer for husband diagnosed with ALS April 2021. Hand onset. PEG fed, completely immobile, communicated with eye gaze

        Sense of humour intact throughout.

        Sadly passed away peacefully 2/9/22


          Sorry for my delay in replying. Many thanks for the information. Best wishes to you and your husband.