Need Power Chair Lift for Vehicle
Organized by: Heather Walden
I am currently in wait for my power chair, hopefully insurance provides it. I have a condition called Charcot, caused by neuropathy and my previous job (They are not responsible). When I got my job, it was a wonderful but painful job. It was months in after limping and having a hard time that the Doc and I realized something more serious was going on. I had to quit my job in May of 2015, apply for disability and let my brand new car I just financed 2 months before I had to quit, be recently repossessed. It sucks. Now, I am wheelchair bound this year. We are working with my medical insurance to get a power wheelchair. However, insurance won't pay for other needed items such as a wheelchair lift for the family car and ramps to get out of the house. As for the ramp we have a temporary makeshift situation, which makes me a little nervous to be on in my manual chair. My condition as I stated is called Charcot. My left foot currently sits in a crow boot, it's extremely disfigured and damaged. My right foot, not damaged as much but has started, I wear an AFO brace. I have to remove the AFO brace to drive. I am able to painfully walk, barely, without the movement of my ankles from the booth and the brace, if I really need to but not far. I use a manual, basic wheelchair for now that's very heavy and uncomfortable, let me tell ya. There is no surgical fix to my feet condition and I have been told to NOT walk. I limit my walking to the bathroom (current chair wont fit in there) and any small walking into a sit car in a store. I live in an area that does not have full sidewalks to a bus stop/transit and most of transit isn't very safe to be on around here, especially if you are in a chair, you have little defense. My family helps with getting me around, my wheelchair currently goes into the back of the family car and it's really heavy to deal with, I feel bad for my mom! When the power chair comes in, there will be no way to get it int the car, I am unsure how I will get to appointments affordably. Cabs to go to the locations I need are beyond what I can currently afford. Because of my family's car, they have to use a class 1 hitch, this limits what we can use. We found the best and safest hitch we could get, it's called the Chariot. Shown here http://www.bruno.com/scooter-lift-chariot. These are priced at about 3500 and would be easy for my family to use. I am not the only one in the house with a wheelchair situation. There is another here as well with Cerebral Palsy and many medical conditions about to also get a power chair as his condition is worsening. My family takes care of him too and is responsible to get him to his appointments. He falls often and is very off balanced, he is unable to go down stairs and barely walk across the house. His condition is deteriorating rapidly. Thus the need for a ramp as well, even temporarily. But I am starting with this lift first, our temporary makeshift ramp will do for now.