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Segway Wheelchair

KrisNowelKrisNowel Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello, 
I have created this topic because I need help with some information.
I'm looking for an electric wheelchair for my father and I was hoping, somebody can help me here.
I found this product https://blumil.com/blumil-city and was wondering if some of you had some experience with it ? I dont really, know how this combination works - seagway + wheelchair and I'm curious about it 
Thank you

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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,273 Scope community team
    Hi @KrisNowel
    A very warm welcome to our community. I'm not familiar with the wheelchair that you have shared. There is a similar product that I have watched on Youtube, called the Genny Segway wheelchair. 
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  • Jean_OTJean_OT Member Posts: 532 Pioneering
    Hi @KrisNowel

    The sort of self balancing powerchair that you have linked to is very new technology to the wheelchair market.

    I recently tried out a similar product at a trade show https://www.nano-mobility.co.uk/ and got the impression that perhaps it required better trunk control and more user skill to use than a traditional powerchair.

    The important thing with wheelchairs is matching the correct product to the right person. Here is a link to general advice about choosing powerchairs https://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/powered-wheelchairs

    Personally I would always advise people to have their mobility needs assessed by a qualified professional, which in the UK normally means their nearest NHS wheelchair clinic. 

     If your father has reasons why he needs the features offered by a self balancing powerchair and has the functional ability to use one, then you might want to explore things further. However if his needs can be met by a traditional powerchair you may decide that the price tag associated with cutting edge technology isn't a necessary expenditure for him.

    If he does decide on a self-balancing powerchair do check out what happens in the event of breakdown, is there the facilities locally to get it quickly repaired? 

    Best Wishes
    Jean

    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • diana78diana78 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hi @KrisNovel! My in-law is using Blumil City. He is very satisfied as this wheelchair is very intuitive and easy to ride. It was a revolution for the whole family since he started to ride it. Have a look at the info on riding it https://blumil.com/riding-the-blumil and you will see if it's gonna work for your father. 
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