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    power chairs?

    this is kinda related to the van post, except Im wondering about power chairs. Im in a manuel chair, but am too unstable to drive from it, plus it would be nice to have a power chair when Im tired or when I have severe neck pain. I kinda want a chair that appears smaller than the regular power chair--Ive seen most that look like recliners...I know Im being silly and superficial, but I want one that's kind of petite...any suggestions?

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    I like the plain invacare GB (gearless, brushless)with gell cells. Very reliable and compact.

    You should be measured and fitted for the chair ahead of time but I'm sure you already knew that.

    Chrysler Town and Country would be my vote for the mini van.

    Good luck, buying a new van is always nice, but a new chair besides! Enjoy!!

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    Bridget,

    I just bought a Quickie P222 power chair, I'm a para and had a Levo manual standing wheelchair, my left shoulder was never right since my accident so my right shoulder would try to compensate for my bad shoulder which eventually led me to looking at power chairs. I told my seating specialist at Custom Mobility about how I didn't want a bulky power chair, he showed me the Quickie and showed me that actually the power wheelchair was narrower that my manual wheelchair. I've had it 3 weeks now and love it! It turns on a dime it takes a few days to get use to steering with the joystick but you'll catch on. I also have trouble with my posture I slump to one side so he ordered a seat back which can be adjusted to my body and will hold me up straight. It feels so much better than the sling back. Check out the Quickie I think you might like it.
    Oh by the way we just bought a RampVan,haven't even picked it up yet can't wait, I'm looking forward to rolling in rather than be lifted in with a lift.
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    Originally posted by bridget:

    I kinda want a chair that appears smaller than the regular power chair--Ive seen most that look like recliners...I know Im being silly and superficial, but I want one that's kind of petite...any suggestions?
    I hate the look of most powerchairs. I my opinion, the best looking chairs on the market are Permobil.
    This is a picture of the chairmanENTRACorpus. It is their smaller adult model.
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    jazzy makes a pettite midwheel drive that seems to go anywhere. i use the big jazzy (1420) its a tank, i love it.

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    Quickie V-121 is a Great power chair.Product Weight: Approx. 64 lbs. w/o batteries.Its not a big nasty power chair like alot of them out there.I was worried about getting a power chair till I seen the power V-121.thank you Quickie . http://www.sunrisemedical.co.uk/products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=28073&FOLDE R%3C%3Efolder_id=54823&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1165 73]]Quickie[/URL]Quickie[/URL][/url]

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    [This message was edited by cheesecake on 01-13-04 at 10:21 PM.] With much difficulty!!!

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    I would also suggest a Quickie and if you want the chair to seem less visible, then the color should be black. If you get a chance, test drive any power chair first before you decide to buy it. I almost ended up with a Invacare Power Chair and when I test drove the Quickie, I noticed a big difference in the maneuverability.

    PN

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    Bridget, be sure you get some advice from your PT at your SCI center before pursuing this. They should be able to let you try out several chairs as well as make sure that the ordered chair will fit you correctly.

    A recliner/tilt in space is only needed if you have a lot of blood pressure problems or cannot do a weight shift with any other method.

    Keep in mind that a power chair takes more room indoors than a manual chair, and may have a larger turning radius. This is less true with FWD chairs than with RWD, but an important consideration. And of course, you MUST have a van to transport a power chair. Not an option like it is for a manual chair.

    (KLD)

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    Making sure the wc or pc fits is so important because you have to live in it.Another thing i would like to add is that the quickie v-121 power chair and my invacare wc is about the same size.
    Invacare weight wc is 32lbs.
    Quickie v-121 power chair without batteries is 64lbs.The BP comes off so you can fold the v-121 and put it in a car trunk..I would say the batteries weight around 60lbs,maybe a little more or less.

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    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse:

    Keep in mind that a power chair takes more room indoors than a manual chair..
    FWIW, my manual chair has a wider stance due to the rear-wheel camber.

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