Active user wheelchairs eligibility criteria
Wheelchairs provided for full time users who are active, independent and can self-propel. These wheelchairs are prescribed and built from a range of options to suit an individual’s clinical needs. They are slightly lighter than standard wheelchairs and have a rigid frame, so only the backrest folds down.
- the criteria for a self-propelling wheelchair must be met
- the user can safely propel the wheelchair independently
- the user must be functionally unable to walk and need to use a wheelchair for independent mobility
- the user must be a skilled wheelchair user who would directly benefit by having this type of wheelchair and be capable of exploiting its features or have the potential to develop these skills
- the user must have required postural trunk control to manoeuvre
- the user must be a full time user and their life style needs and ability must be such that maximum independence and mobility will be gained by such provision
- a user who is an independent driver who cannot put a standard self-propelling wheelchair into their car independently without detriment to their health may be considered (check with clinical lead)
- this type of wheelchair will not be provided to powered wheelchair users
The assessment focuses on the user’s clinical and lifestyle needs and supply of equipment is from a specific range designed to fulfil the client’s clinical needs.
This type of wheelchair will not be provided where the carer finds the chair heavy to lift into the car; instead the carer will be given instruction on alternative ways of doing this. Advice can be given regarding the purchase of car hoists for wheelchairs.
Any user requiring a high performance chair for employment should have their needs met by Access to Work or a similar scheme.