Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trying Out A Wheelchair

We have been putting off purchasing a wheelchair currently for a few different reasons. Our PT and Conductors think we should wait because we don't want Grace to get too used to getting around in a wheelchair. They/we want her to continue to work towards walking. In addition, wheelchairs are very expensive and insurance and Medicaid will only cover one type of chair over a several year period (I believe in excess of 5 years) so we really must know what kind we want when we get it, unless we want to pay for it out-of-pocket.

For now we have acquired a loaner. We don't use it a whole lot, but Mack and Sophie like to push Grace and she is really starting to figure out how to get around in it by herself. I know that it is likely we will have one of our own one day but for now we are thankful to have this one to try out. Thank you so much Julie for thinking of us!


BusyLizzyMom said...

Elizabeth's bubble gum pink TiLite wheelchair was delivered on Monday. I have to say the chair is very cute and quite little. For me seeing Elizabeth in it is an experience that I have not gotten used to and I don't know if I ever will. It is nice to have something that Elizabeth can manouver on her own and still feel secure that is not going to fall and it will help when we are going on day trips.
Our girls are getting bigger and I am finding I cannot carry an almost 5year girl for a long period of time. Walking is still our main mode of transportation but it is nice to have aback-up for her bad/wobbly days.

AZ Chapman said...

looks like she got the hang of it

Mel said...

She is doing so well! What kind of chair is it?

Jacolyn said...

Mel, I don't know what kind it is...I need to find out. It is an older one. Grace is the third child to use it.

Anonymous said...

I just posted the 4th in a series on wheelchairs.

I'd really be interested in what you think. Right now, a special ed teacher and a PT are dominating comments (both are nice).