Powering up with the Permobil F3

I'm sitting in my new Permobil F3

I’m sitting in my new Permobil F3

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
  • An image of the joystick with the speedometer and clock

    An image of the joystick with the speedometer and clock

    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!

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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3 Responses to Powering up with the Permobil F3

  1. Marina says:

    Awesome, Alex! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. doris smith says:

    i just got a F3, and it is COMPLETELY different from anything. I’ve used a manual chair for 25+ yrs., and i had an old electric one i used at work, which was set up just like a manual one. I CANNOT MANEUVER this one!!! i am so frustrated,. b/c i NEED to use it to save my arms and shoulders, which are in BAD shape. if anyone has any tips, pls email me at deesmith91@yahoo.com.

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