Out with the old and in with the new! I “traded in” my Permobil Street for the new Permobil F3.
The F3 is a front-wheel drive chair, which means the big tires are in the front and the smaller wheels are in the back. My old chair was the opposite, a rear-wheel drive system. The new style makes it easier to turn in narrow spaces like getting into my van and maneuvering at home.
Some of my favorite features of the F3 include:
- 10 inches of seat elevation – I can raise the seat to reach things that are up high in the kitchen cabinets and can be at eye level with people who are standing
- tilt and recline – I can lean back to relieve pressure on my hips and legs
articulating foot rests – I can have my feet and legs at different angles for stretching and to relieve pressure
- speedometer– I can see how fast I’m going. The top speed is 6.1 miles per hour
- clock – It’s neat to have the clock built in to the joystick system
The first three features are more than just accessories…they improve my quality of life. If I didn’t have those features, I would not be able to be as independent as I am. Tilt and recline are especially important for my health.
Since I’m in the chair all day, it’s important that I do pressure reliefs to prevent pressure sores on the skin. My seating system is also customized for me so that I’m sitting comfortably all day. You can read more about my Ride Designs customized seating system in a previous blog post.
Lastly, I wouldn’t be able to have my customized wheelchair if it weren’t for my seating specialist, Jill Monger, and the technicians at Pharmaceutical Health Care. This also wouldn’t be possible without coverage by my insurance company. While insurance doesn’t cover the complete cost of my chair, it pays for the majority of the cost. Our legislators need to need to realize the importance of these powerful machines!
I’m looking forward to living to the best of my abilities thanks to my Permobil F3!