|05-07-2009, 11:47 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2009
Tilite 2GX for amputee
Although I've been lurking for several years, I just joined because, well, I need some advice. My husband has been paralyzed (T4) since 2001 from Transverse Myelitis), and is now a recent below the knee amputee. His present w/c is a Invacare A4 which he loves, but with the tapered front, the stump support he now has to use is kind of wonky. We've made foam shims to make it more level, but we're looking at buying (out of pocket) a TiLite 2GX with swing away hangers. I see on their order form they have an amputee axle attachment, however from their diagrams, it seems to move the rear wheels behind the seat/back. His A4 is adjusted so the axle is directly lined with his back and it seems to be almost correct. Does anyone know if the TiLite 2GX axle is adjustable enough to move the rear wheels back? Also, he needs to sit with his back more reclined than straight. TiLite has an angle adjustable back with 8 degree bend. does that mean the tubes are bent back 8 degrees? We can measure his current chair and come close with most of the measurements. Also, we're going to buy online, not through a DME to get a better price. If anyone has tips on how to set up a w/c for an amputee, or just plain tips on being an amputee, please respond. Thanks
|05-08-2009, 12:43 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Blaine, Wa
I suggest you speak with someone at Tilite. Ordering the same measurments for a different chair can have different results due to the fact that they are two different designs. It sounds like if it says it has an 8 degree bend that is what it is when the back canes are at 90degrees straight up.
Is he a one leg or double below the knee. With a properley fitted chair there should be no reason to have axles so far back. The A4 is a good beginners chair due to its multiple adjustment capabilities. The drawback is the the added weight of the A4 chair.
Tilite makes a good chair, they also have an excellent advisory staff there. I would give Tilite a call and tell what you are doing and what yosu need.
I've ordered many chairs for different people. Tilite seems to be one of the best when it comes to customer asking questions.
Good Luck, Make sure of what you want before you order. G2x seems pretty flexible as far as measurments go. I would go with the softroll, perhaps 1 1/2", tire. they really smoothed out the vibration for my chair. Patrick
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