My new wheelchair, a Pride Mobility Quantum 600, is sitting right next to me. This baby has almost all the bells and whistles! I say, almost because one of the things I was looking forward to having, is not included on the chair, and that is the power lift, where the seat of the wheelchair is raised 10 inches. Bummer. I wanted to be able to raise myself up 10 inches so I could reach high shelves. Oh, well, that’s only one thing on a wheelchair that is a Cadallac of wheelchairs!
One thing this wheelchair has that none of my wheelchairs has never has is an ‘attendant control’. This is a separate joystick where the attendant can control the wheelchair, overriding the person SITTING in the wheelchair. In a lot of respects this makes a lot of sense, as it’s really difficult to drive the wheelchair when you’re not sitting in it and have to reach down and around the person actually sitting in the wheelchair. I know this will make it a lot easier to load and unload my wheelchair on our van. Keith won’t have to try to drive my wheelchair by bending over the joystick anymore, he can use the attendant control.And he won’t have to freewheel the chair to take control either, he can just grab the joystick and take over driving.
I notice that the wheelchair doesn’t have regular handles on the back like a normal wheelchair. It just has a bar all the way across. Well, this means there’s no way for me to put my backpack on the back of the wheelchair. I may have to splurge for a wheelchair backpack. I use Chewie’s backpack for a lot of things, so maybe I can dispense with the wheelchair backpack all together. I am probably going to have to go back to using a fanny pack… but that’s okay… I dispensed with that, using Chewie, so we’ll see how it goes.
Trial and error. That’s going to be the name of the game for the next couple of months, that’s for sure.
I really like the fact that the foot rests raise and lower, and that I have a reclining back as well as the tilting seating system which prevents pressure sores.
This thing is so comfortable, I may end up spending all my time in it, instead of sitting in a computer chair for when I’m sitting at the computer. I only have to raise the desk a couple of inches, and that is easily accomplished! Keith has offered to do that, and I’m going to have him do so. 🙂
With the elevating footrests, and the reclining back, I can fully stretch out and if I get tired, I can even take a nap in the thing. Wow.
I will see about getting some pictures posted this weekend when I can get the wheelchair outside and into some light.