Is there anywhere that has reviews of wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and other disability aids? I'm looking into purchasing a combination wheeled walker / transport wheelchair for myself, but I'm really overwhelmed.
I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about a year and a half ago and my condition has deteriorated badly. I am not able to walk very far without severe exhaustion, but my shoulders are the weakest link, which means that arm assisted crutches or a self-propelled wheelchair are not an option at all. A motorized wheelchair would be the ideal choice, but the cost is mindboggling, and it wouldn't be covered by the NHS since I can get around the house without it.
I generally limit myself to leaving the house twice a week, and use taxis for transportation. At times when I am able to have someone with me, a transport wheelchair would be ideal, but I'm usually alone. It would be helpful for me to be able to stop and rest whenever I need to, whether there's a seat nearby or not. So I am considering a combination rollator / wheelchair. (option 1
, option 2
, option 3
Any of these are within my budget, but I have no idea how to judge between them, or whether my shoulder weakness would make it too hard to use as a walker at all.
And yes, I know I should ask an Occupational Therapist, but the waiting list is very long, and I'd like to get something I can use in the meantime!
Also, if there is any site similar to Cool Tools
that has reviews of disability aids, I'd be very happy. I feel like I need a Dummy's Guide to being disabled. I don't need help with emotional coping or coming to terms with it - I need practical advice on which tools will help me get through the day!
Should I get a wheelchair/rollator, and if so, how do I choose one?