Dealer meets trend for specialist wheelchairs over standard NHS models

Amelia wearing sunglasses on her new wheelchair

Yorkshire Care Equipment has helped one of its young customers to get the wheelchair that she wants and one that is more suitable for her.

Nine-year-old Amelia found the NHS’s standard wheelchair provision far too heavy to give her independence and is one of many users who wanted different equipment to the one she was originally prescribed.

UK dealers are increasingly being approached by users who are privately funding equipment after finding they are unable to get the products they want from cash-strapped NHS services.

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Amelia had been using the same wheelchair that she had been prescribed almost four years ago based on what she needed rather than what she wanted.

The wheelchair was a standard generic model that no longer offered her the right level of mobility or support and was too heavy for her to push herself.

She wanted independence and individuality, but the NHS Wheelchair Service provider could only offer a larger version of her existing chair.

Her family approached Yorkshire Care Equipment to purchase a chair that better met her wants and needs.

Yorkshire Care’s showroom advisor, Gary Hornsby-Shawe, said: “When I first met Amelia and her family, it was pretty obvious that her wheelchair just wasn’t right for her anymore. We sat together and did a sort of wish list of things she could have in her new wheelchair, and then we set to work arranging it all.

She wanted a wheelchair that was more fun that could also provide her with the right level of mobility and support whenever she needed it. She decided on a flamingo glitter pink finish with flashing light-up front wheels.

Yorkshire Care also included a SmartDrive powered add-on that gives Amelia some extra power when pushing her new Zippy Youngster 3 wheelchair.Amelia’s wheelchair was funded by charitable donations by The Lions Club of Knaresborough, the Rotary Club of Knaresborough, the NewLife Charity, and a private donor.

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