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My dad needs a reclining wheelchair that is more comfortable than the very cheap standard one he has now. He needs one that he can roll with his arms, his current one has too short of wheels for him. The chair completely is wrong for him and his body and arm type. This is the second chair the nursing home PT dept has ordered for him and I don't know why they keep doing this. (they are not very good or very proactive, they prefer their patients be immoblie and less trouble) I have a suspicion they have tighten his wheels to make them harder for him to move. He used to be able to at least roll down the hall.

I feel that dad needs to go to a location that has wheelchairs in stock, sit in various chairs, try them out, and get the RIGHT ONE. Right now he is in a very bad situation with this and his mobility.
He needs a reclining chair. At this point I am ready to PAY for it myself just to give him a little bit of comfort and mobility.

MY QUESTION IS- How do I find a place that will pick up my dad, take him to check out various wheelchair choices and get one that is useful for him. Surely he has a say and a choice. I cannot find anything online. I am in Mid Missouri. Can anyone help me. I searched the net and can only find "order online " companies. HELP.

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You can look at Pharmacy or if you have a local American Leigon they sometime have them to. We got our wheelchair from a pharmacy and they fit it to my father.
He is a VA nursing home? You should be able to get one from the legion, Does he have medicare? You can take him to a doctor that is not through the VA.
Good Luck
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My dad is in a nursing home (VA) and they are the ones who ordered the last two. \
He doesn't have a doctor. The nurses are ..... blind? They expect these people to be old and to be going downhill. They don't care about the wheelchair. They'd like my dad to be laying in bed all day sleeping.
Their PT dept ordered both previous ones and they were completely inappropriate and contrary to his needs. -- (( it really is them... I am not delusion.. although sometimes I do feel like I am.. and sometimes I want to give up and just let them do what they want (if I did dad would be a bedridden drugged zombie in the alz unit)) - It is VA but they use Medicare Physical Therapy department that is .... so so

I really do want to just give up and run off. At least dad never complains and he likes all the nurses and they are good to him.
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Usually the persons primary doctor can get one ordered and delivered to the patient. They should know the patients needs and be glad to help you. I would suggest you can your Dads doctors nurse and discuss it with her and see if she can make it happen for you. Just make sure they are aware of your fathers size and what he needs it for.
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Usually you can look at wheelchairs before you buy them at a home health aid supply center. You can go on line and check to see where they are located in your area, or call Medicare and see if they suggest a particular place near you. If you get a prescription from your Dad's doctor and a letter of medical necessity Medicare should pay for it, without any expense to him.

There are senior transportation vans in most cities that you can call. I am not sure if they will take him to more than one place in a day but it's worth a call.

Good luck,
Cara
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We have a couple of places here in my area that cater to senior citizen needs. One is a pharmacy that has lots of geriatric stuff, the other is next to a small hospital that has medical equipment sales and rentals. I thought that if you told the place that carries medical equipment how tall he is and what his specific needs are, they'd find you one that will work. If you DO buy one out of your own pocket, make sure you customize the looks of it so it won't get taken by someone else. My mother-in-law lives in asst living and uses a walker. Well every single person (almost) use walkers too. Her's is the kind with only 2 wheels and no seat, but again there are lots of people with those types too. So I blinged it up for her. I glued plastic rhinestones all over that sucker for a few reasons. One was because she can't see very well, but she can SEE that one I tell ya. Also it's a conversation starter for her, but the most important reason was that there isn't anyone in that place that doesn't know it's hers. ha.
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