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      Rick Jobus uses a power chair to get around, and it prompted him to think about the historical and culture significance of the wheel throughout history and his own perspective on the ‘wheel of consciousness’. Click here to read Rick’s column.

      Do you use a power chair? What can you add to Rick’s perspective? 

      If you don’t use a power chair now, but might use one in the future… will that transition be easy or difficult for you?

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      John Russell
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      Just read Rick’s article on obtaining his Medicare approved chair. I’m following a similar path. I can still reposition and ambulate slowly using crutches or a walker but I’ve begun year 6 and know this will change. Last year I found a chair from Jazzy called a Jazzy Air on sale at a great price. Like Rick, I am over 6 ft. This is a chair for tall folks and I was able to get it with a 19 inch seat depth. It’s called “air” because it rises 10″ at the touch of a button. I love to be face to face in a group and to be able to reach things that are high.  This is OK now but after several hours I need to get out of it.  I intend to donate it to MDA or the ALS Assn. when I can no longer use it.

      My questions are when is the right time to begin getting a Medicare ALS appropriate chair and also do you have to work with a nearby medical equipment supplier.  I have looked at Permobil chairs and they are what I want as they do everything Rick describes and are quite compact. It seems like they will work through Medicare with you. Does anyone have experience either with Permobil or a particular manufacturer rather than a general supplier of durable medical equipment?

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